Get well, Binnaz. Blue is your color!
The protected land and public parks are an integral part of life in most, if not all the states. Rhode Island, as small as it may be, is not an exception. The large spans of wooded areas, numerous ponds, of course, the shoreline provide visual comfort as well as places to visit.
Arcadia Management Area
In southern Rhode Island, the Arcadia Management Area covers over 14,000 acres of forest, scattered lakes and ponds, and many hiking trails. Thanks to Jim who knows these locations, we visited the area with the first stop at Stepstone Falls in Exeter. The falls are almost decorative in size, diminutive in both width and fall height. Despite the size, perhaps because of it, the spot is quite pleasant to visit and enjoy the surroundings.
Large slabs of granite still remain from an old quarry and provide interesting photographic elements. Jim said the level of water was the highest he had seen. Because of that, the whirlpool that apparently forms in the central part appeared as a small pool, no whirling. The small falls in front of this pool provided the main attraction. I was mainly drawn to the reflections on the water in a mixture of colors.
After enjoying the spot, and it is a spot more than an area, we got back in the car and Jim drove to another spot in the Arcadia Park. The wooden walk provided easy access to see the fall colors reflect on the small pond. After this, Jim took us to another similar spot with a wooden walk by another pond and a tiny falls on the other side. The water was very calm, the angle of view was opportune to see the blue sky reflected on the surface like a giant mirror. (We would return to the falls again!)
Below are some photographs from various spots on the Arcadia State Park grounds.