This weekend I ventured into one of Long Island's natural preserves. The little know Werthein Preserve is located on Smith Rd in Shirley, along the Carmen's River.
I had waited for the cooler weather to arrive and fall colors to explode. This weekend was the best and last time I think the colors and leaves will be seen on the trees.
Natural fauna and flora were utilized and the preserve was left heavily wooded, except for some parts of gravel maintenance roadway.
There are two main trails; The Black Tupelo and The White Oak Trails. I chose the White Oak trail which runs down to the right from the parking lot.
My first stop to capture photos was from the bridge over the creek. The railroad tunnel is well documented by other visitors and I can see why.
Next, the open expanse of the Carmen's Creek shimmered in the mid day sun, along with the multi colored trees on the banks.
If you were stressed before arriving, I guarantee you would be relaxed by the time you walked to the water. It seems to be a great tranquilizer.
Next time I will veer left on the Tupelo trail, that runs about 3 miles altogether.
I found more preserves on Long Island, mostly in Suffolk County and would like to visit them as well.