Lake in Spring

There’s a 170-acre lake in Sutton, NH called Kezar Lake (not to be confused with the much larger — at 2,500 acres — Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine),

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on which is modest 50-acre Wadleigh State Park, consisting of a picnic area on a small beach, with the options to swim in a cordoned-off area (or beyond), kayak, canoe, paddleboard, fish (ice fishing in winter, with shacks on the ice), and operate a non-motorised boat. (In winter, though, ATVs on the ice and snowmobiles on the snow and ice are common.)

chairsbeachlakeKezarLake15June2016
beach area, June 2016
beachpicnictablesKezarLakeNH18May2017
picnic table in beach area, May 2017
peoplebeachpicnicareabKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017
people picnicking on 4th of July, 2017
kayakersatKezarLake12July2013
kayakers coming in, July 2013
kayakersMtKearsargeKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017
kayakers, with Mt. Kearsarge in view, 4 July 2017
fishermanincanoeKezarLake22April2016
fisherman in canoe, April 2016
icehouseATVKezarLakeNH7Jan2017
ice house, ATV, January 2017

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Around the lake runs a three-mile oblong-shaped road, partly paved (Keyser St, part of Penacook Rd), partly dirt (part of Penacook Road, King Hill Road), through which cuts a small bit of the 75-mile Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway hiking trail.

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Keyser St, Oct 2016
pavedroadKeyserKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017
Keyser St, 4 July 2017
roadcurvenearMarylandhouseKezarLakeNH14April2017
Penacook Road, April 2017
dirtroadPenacookcurveKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017
Penacook Road curve
SRKGtrailuphillwindingKezarLakeNH16May2017
SRK trail aka King Hill Road, May 2017
daisiesandfleabanealongSRKroadKezarLakeSuttonNH29June2017
SRK trail aka King Hill Road with wildflowers, June 2017

The roads are fairly sparsely populated with houses: small cottages, larger vintage camps, farmhouses with spacious front and side porches, log cabins, a few new ultra-modern homes.

flowersinfrontofyellowredhouseKezarLake22July2014 longranchhousePenacookKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017 smallbluecamponhillKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017houseoffsetfrontporchKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017bluehousehiddenhemlockstreesKezarLakeNH20March2017housegardenKeyserKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017 greenhousegaragePenacookKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017whitehousewindowsPenacookKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017whitehousemetalredrooffernsKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017whitegreenfarmhouseKezarLakeNH27Feb2017yellowhouseshedwheelbarrowsnowKezarLake3April2015housegardenwithfernsKezarLake8July2013farmhouseforsaleKezarLake11Oct2016housealongthewayKezarLake12July2013 cottagehouselittleterrierKezarLakeSuttonNH4July2017lovelyhouseandgardenalonglakeKezarLake17Oct2013housewelikeKezarLakeNH1Dec2016modernhouseIlikeKezarLakeNH7Jan2017

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From almost everywhere, there’s a view of Mt. Kearsarge, located partly in Warner and partly in Wilmot, NH, with its own state parks in those towns (Rollins and Winslow, respectively).

MtKearsargeviewKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017MtKearsargeviewfrombridgeonroadcloserKezarLake23Nov2015MtKearsargeskycloudsKezarLake27Sept2016

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I try to walk the 3-mile trail ’round the lake at least once a week in all seasons; sometimes after I finish, if I have time, I turn around and walk parts of it or the whole thing again. There are usually dogs to greet, other walkers to chat with (also joggers and bicyclists), and frequently I’m with friends, and their dogs, talking as we walk, taking it all in through sight, breath, scent, sound, touch. The place has a nostalgic, old-fashioned feel.

tomandcharliewalkingatKezarLake28Sept2012
T and Charlie, Sept 2012
AnnieCarolineCandisKezarLakewalk29April2013
Annie, Caroline, Candis, with Brandy ahead, April 2013
AlisonandKarenwalkingfrombehindKezarLake11June2014
Alison, Karen, June 2014
NatalieAnnZoeylookingawayMtKearsargeviewKezarLake23Nov2015
Natalie and Ann, Zoey dog, Nov. 2015
CarolineAlisonCandisBrandyKezarLake6May2014
Caroline, Alison, Candis, and Brandy dog, May 2014
MollyZoeyKezarLake15Oct2015
Me and Zoey, Oct. 2015
DarbyblacklabdogswimmingcloseinletKezarLake27Nov2015
Darby swimming, Nov. 2015
BrandyretrievingKezarLake11Sept2013
Brandy retrieving, Sept. 2013

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A visitor might see (or hear in some cases) loons, herons, eagles, various kinds of ducks, otter, beaver, newts, turtles, frogs, snakes, all kinds of insects, woodland and meadow plants, and wildflowers. If you fish, there’s rainbow and brook trout, large and small mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and pumpkinseed.

greatblueheronwalkingKezarLake27Sept2016

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Here’s some of what I saw from March thru June this year.

March

Landscape …. 

icelakebranchessunlightartsyKezarLakeNH6March2017
lake ice, branches, 6 March
brightgreenmossroofshedKezarLakeNH8March2017
moss on shed roof, 8 March
adirondackchairMtKearsargesnowKezarLakeNH19March2017.JPG
view of Mt. Kearsarge, 19 March
roadtoinflowKezarLakeNH30March2017
Penacook toward King Hill Road, 30 March

 

Animals …. 

firstchipmunklogrockKezarLakeNH6March2017
first chipmunk seen, 6 March
chipmunkrockKezarLakeNH30March2017
chipmunk, 30 March

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April

Landscape …. 

stonewallstonestairssnowKezarLakeNH3April2017
stone wall, stairs, 3 April
picnictablesnowredpineslakeKezarLakeNH3April2017
picnic table at beach, 3 April
roadtoinflowKezarLakeNH14April2017
Penacook toward King Hill Road, 14 April
stumpcairnKezarLakeNH14April2017
stump cairn, 14 April
degradingblackicebluewaterKezarLakeNH14April2017
degrading lake ice, black and blues, 14 April

Plants …. 

witchhazelflowersbKezarLakeNH3April2017
witch hazel flowers, 3 April
yellowaldercatkinsKezarLakeNH14April2017
yellow alder catkins, 14 April

Animals …. 

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great blue heron, Lyon Brook, 3 April
snowinsectspringerantennaeKezarLakeNH3April2017
maybe a winter stonefly?, 3 April
chipmunkeatingonrockKezarLakeNH14April2017
chipmunk munching, 14 April

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May

Landscape …. 

nearinflowwaterwindyKezarLakeNH16May2017
wind on water, Lyon Brook, 16 May
roadtoinflowKezarLakeNH16May2017
Penacook to King Hill Road view, 16 May
floodedSRKGTrailKezarLakeNH17May2017
flooded SRK Greenway trail, 17 May
newlakesidepatioforwhitefarmhouseKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
new granite dock for white farmhouse, 27 May
fernsKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
ferns, 27 May

Plants ….

SessilebellwortwildoatsnoddingcreamflowercloseKezarLakeNH16May2017
Sessile bellwort (wild oats), 16 May
hobblebushflowerKezarLakeNH16May2017
hobblebush flower, 16 May
whitepurplevioletflowerKezarLakeNH16May2017
white and purple violet, 16 May
myrtleperiwinkleflowerblueKezarLakeNH16May2017
periwinkle flower, 16 May
whitegoldthreadflowerKezarLakeNH17May2017
white goldthread flower, 17 May
AmelanchierserviceberryflowerwhiteKezarLakeNH17May2017
Amelanchier (serviceberry) flower, 17 May
purplevioletsflowersKezarLakeNH17May2017
purple violets, 17 May
redtrilliumerectumflowerbKezarLakeNH17May2017
red Trlllium erectum, 17 May
equisetumstemsfernsKezarLakeNH17May2017
equisetum stems and foliage, 17 May
AraliaNudicaulisWildSarsaparillawithglobeflowersKezarLakeNH17May2017
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla) with flowers, 17 May
coltsfootbloomseedheadfluffyellowthreadsKezarLakeNH17May2017
coltsfoot flowerhead, 17 May
ActaeaBaneberryroundwhiteballflowerthreeleavesKezarLakeNH18May2017
Actaea (baneberry) in flower, 18 May
falsehelleboreKezarLakeNH18May2017
false hellebore, 18 May
threepaintedtrilliumundulataKezarLakeNH18May2017
three painted Trillium undulata, 18 May
bunchberrybudKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
bunchberry with flower, 27 May
firstpinkladyslippercloseKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
first pink lady slipper, 27 May
anotherJackinthePulpitSRKGKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
Jack in the Pulpit, 27 May
ClintoniayellowflowersKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
Clintonia (blue bead lily) flower and foliage, 27 May

Animals ….

iridescentgreentigerbeetleKezarLakeNH16May2017
green tiger beetle, 16 May
chipmunkrockKezarLakeNH16May2017
chipmunk, 16 May
tinyturtleinroadKezarLakeNH16May2017
tiny painted turtle, 16 May
CanadageesereflectionsKezarLakeNH18May2017
Canada geese, 18 May
hairywoodpeckerKezarLakeNH18May2017
hairy woodpecker, 18 May
loonKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
loon, 27 May
smallorangePearlCrescentbutterflyKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
Pearl Crescent butterfly, 27 May
malegoldfinchreartreebKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
male goldfinch, 27 May
redheadedmerganserbirdbKezarLakeSuttonNH27May2017
redheaded merganser, Lyon Brook, 27 May

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June

Landscape …. 

equisetumcolonyfernyKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
equisetums and ferns, 3 June
stumpcairnKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
stump cairn, 3 June
roadtreesKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
road and trees, 3 June
outflowwaterhighgrasspatternbridgeKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
Lyon Brook waterflow with bridge and moss pattern, 21 June
inflowviewcloudreflectionsKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
Lyon Brook with cloud reflections, 21 June
highlakewaternobeachHealeyKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
high lake water, no beach showing, 21 June

Plants & Fungi ….

ganodermafungicloseKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
ganoderma fungi?, 3 June
falseSolomonsSealflowerKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
false Solomon’s Seal, 3 June
pinkdaisylikeflowerFleabaneErigeronbKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
Erigeron (fleabane), 3 June
yellowflowergoldenAlexanderZiziaKezarLakeSuttonNH3June2017
Zizia (Golden Alexander), 3 June
blueflagirisbalongmeadowroadKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
Iris versicolor (blue flag iris), 11 June
firstdayliliesofseasonbKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
first daylilies of the season, 11 June
bumblebeeinrosarugosaKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
bumblebee in Rosa rugosa, 11 June
mysterywhitewildflowerflowerscloserbKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
a brassica, maybe Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard), 11 June
layeredbrownfungusmushroomKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
fungus, 11 June
blueeyedgrassKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
Sisyrinchium (blue-eyed grass), 11 June
purpleirislakewaterbestKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
blue flag iris, 21 June
yellowflowermysteryKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
birdsfoot trefoil, 21 June
anotheryellowflowermysterybKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
Potentilla recta (sulfur cinquefoil) flower, 21 June
orangefloweredplantKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
heliopsis?, 21 June
varnishedshelffungusKezarLakeSuttonNH29June2017
varnished shelf fungus ?, 29 June
mountainlaurelpinkflowerKezarLakeSuttonNH29June2017
Kalmia angustifolia (sheep laurel), 29 June
milkweedflowerantleafKezarLakeSuttonNH29June2017
milkweed flower with ant, 29 June

Animals ….

malemallardduckcloseorangelegunderwaterKezarLakeSuttonNH11June2017
male mallard, Lyon Brook, 11 June
whiteadmiralbutterflyKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
white admiral butterfly, 21 June
verylargeswallowtailbutterflyredcloverKezarLakeSuttonNH21June2017
large swallowtail on red clover, 21 June

 

Check back again when autumn starts for some summer photos.

 

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