The faithful reader may recall the posting of Sept. 6, 2007, called “Mill Brook and the Res,” which ends with two photos of a marsh lying between the dam of the Arlington Reservoir and the parking lot of Drake Village (a housing complex for the elderly). Though I wrote before that the outflow of the Res becomes Mill Brook, that isn’t quite the whole story. Another way to say it would be that a stream flows by the Res and the outflow empties into it. Upstream from the reservoir it is called Sickle Brook; downstream it is called Mill Brook.
What I wanted to do on November 10 was to see what’s upstream from the little marsh below the Res, that is, to visit Sickle Brook. It is probably so named because of the curved line it makes on the map, tangent to Great Meadow, a considerable expanse of marsh in East Lexington. This was taken in that general vicinity.
But this is not quite the wabi-sabi moment.
I’m beginning to believe that every search is eventually rewarded. This one was, when I got back into Arlington, close to Drake Village. Next to Drake Village’s parking lot is another (the two are connected by a gate in a low chain-link fence) that apparently belongs to a towing company. In it are tow trucks and a collection of presumably towed vehicles, including a good number of wrecks.
Between the tow lot and the brook is an arbor or trellis, with vines growing on it as if someone has chosen this spot to do some vegetable gardening.
This is the brook and its wetland on a November afternoon.
The sun is lower, the days are getting shorter.
I turned my back on the brook to leave: arbor, wrecks, tow trucks, trees, sun setting, the brook and its wetland still there, only a few steps away.