On November 27, 2007, I decided I’d make another effort to find Perch Pond, which is a wide place in the Little River at the spot where Wellington Brook flows into it. I’ve been tantalized by seeing it on the map, but not getting to it, for a few months now.
I thought now that the colder weather has thinned out the vegetation and opened up the landscape a bit, I might be able to find my way into places I haven’t before.
On the way by the Alewife T stop, which is where the “multipurpose path” on the map begins, I of course visited the unnamed stream known to me only as Wet Weather Sewage Discharge Outfall #CAM 401A, the spot that appears in the post of Sept. 24. Now that the leaves have fallen, the atmosphere of the place is even more in tune with the characteristic mood of wabi-sabi, its acceptance of inevitable decay.
It moved a short ways downstream when I took its picture, but didn’t seem to regard me as a serious problem.
I continued on my way up the Little River.
On the river were mallards, and ducks with white crests, which turned out to be hooded mergansers.
Near the western end of the path I followed a trail that led into the trees and came to Wellington Brook just above the point where it flows into Perch Pond.
This spot is not far from the back side of Hill Estates, the home of the plastic foxes seen in the post of September 15th.
Perch Pond was well worth seeking out. I found what looked like an old shipping pallet that I could sit on at the edge of the water. Across the pond from where I was, the Little River flows into it. The river’s source, Little Pond, is only a short distance upstream.
To the right of where I sat, the Little River continues toward the T stop and Route 2, where its name changes to Alewife Brook.
It beats the hell out of the map.