The Laurel Marsh Trail runs, as you might expect, through the Laurel Marsh, which is part of the Hockanum River wetlands.
It was a beautiful day for a walk. The maples are nearly over--only a few are still holding on to their leaves after yesterday's rain--but the oak trees are incredible this year. Often they just go sort of a dingy brown, but this year we have reds, oranges*, russets, and olives. Not as bright as the maples, but very rich, lovely tones nonetheless.
Sadly, we also got to get up close and personal with some of Connecticut's exciting invasive species, including oriental bittersweet and phragmitis. I also found this interesting plant, which I do not know the name of.
*Yes, the sky really is that color. Don't you wish you lived here?