Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Chilly and dry

While we have had mostly sunny weather, there's been just enough rain here and there to keep the fire danger LOW (we do check, and know that the sign hasn't changed in months!). Not having a rainy fall thus far, though, means that we do not have a Cascade so much as a pile of rocks. It's lovely to walk through the woods in the fall; just don't expect a waterfall right now!

At 9 am, it is 51.5 degrees and rising. (That's a ten degree rise since dawn.)
The humidity is at 94% and steady (thus, the fire danger continues LOW).
The barometer is at 29.32 inches of mercury and steady, under clear blue skies.

Yesterday traditionally was celebrated as the feast of Michaelmas, recognized as when you'd really want to buckle down and get ready for the winter. We've seen our birch and beech trees start to turn yellow; most of our maples haven't done much more than start their color change yet. The squirrels and chipmunks have picked up their tempo. The woodland aster is well in bloom and starting to fade. Our apple tree has been busy for weeks (green very tart apples).
Enjoy the fall!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Feels like fall

"Fall morning," they were saying on the playground at school this morning. Just a bit chilly, 'though we hear it will warm up over the course of the day.

At nine am, it is 64 degrees and rising.
The humidity is 84.5 percent and falling.
The barometer is steady at 29.15 inches of mercury under clear blue skies.
The fire danger, due to all the rain this weekend, remains LOW.

It looks from the forecast as though this is going to be it for clear days this week, so if you haven't been out on the trails, it's a good day for it. There is some water in the brook--not a lot, but it's flowing.
And the woodland aster is in bloom; those are the little white daisy (or star, thus the name) shaped flowers you'll see all over the Cascades.

Reason eight to love Worcester

The Cascades! 

Thanks, T&G! We agree!