In honor of William Dix, I will also add that our walk was also a veritable “bioblitz” of ferns. We saw interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana), sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis), and bracken. Of course there was Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) and great waves of hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula). Also narrow-leaved spleenwort (Diplazium pycnocarpon), cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) and Goldie’s fern (Dryopteris goldiana). As well as my favorite: the elegant, fan-like maiden’s hair (Adiantum) fern.
We had tried a few times before to find “the meteorite” using maps Bob had drawn but had been unsuccessful. Our old farms are growing up around us—turning back to the wild. And still, it is hard to believe we could once again miss such a spectacular boulder in our own backyard.