The Three Ravines

While they're not scenic wonders by any means, my three ravines are nevertheless quite splendid—and, more especially, they're mine. The numbered spots correspond to image locations.

The Deer Path Ravine

The Deer Path Ravine is named for the fact that there's a deer path running almost the full length of it.

1. This ravine can be glimpsed from the driveway just as it turns toward my property. It runs the full width of the lower boundary—roughly 540 feet—and essentially serves as the division between me and my southern neighbor, who is to the left in this panoramic view looking toward the wetlands.

2. Sandy took its toll. For a long time I'd thought about building a gazebo at the head end of the Deer Path Ravine, but it's simply too close to the neighbor to offer any sense of privacy.

The Raccoon Ravine

The Raccoon Ravine is named for the fact that I've often seen raccoons wandering about in the area. It isn't so much a ravine as it is a divot in the side of the Deer Path Ravine.

3. Site of The Epiphany, this ravine is much more "impressive" in person than in any image I've taken so far. The cabin is just to the right in this oblique view.

4. Taken from beside the cabin, the wintertime view above helps convey the shape of the Raccoon Ravine a bit better... maybe. If nothing else, you can see how much mountain laurel there is here, since it's an evergreen.

The Red Fox Ravine

The Red Fox Ravine is named for the fact that there's a substantial red fox den near the bottom that sees regular use. This ravine is the principal reason I purchased the property, a.k.a. The View.

5. While it's only about 40 feet deep, this ravine tends too look much deeper, I imagine mostly due to the trees that line it, which are 80 to 90 feet tall. These wintertime images make the land contours easier to perceive.

6. The view from the north side reveals the subtle complexity of the terrain.

7. From the south side, the view is quite dramatic.

8. And from the bottom of the ravine, it feels even deeper.


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