02-Feb-2007 -- This confluence is only 10 miles from my home. It is also one of the easiest to access, being in the middle of a quiet suburban residential street. That was a bit of luck, as Bridgewater MA is in the middle of a large watershed; has numerous meandering streams, and a lot of wetlands.
Annie & I drove backroads to the site. The residential neighborhoods in this area consist of smaller older houses thinly spaced along the older routes, with more densely spaced newer and larger houses on more recently made connecting roads and cul-de-sacs. Back yards are likely to face large tracts of hardwood & pine forest, or marsh accompanying the numerous brooks. Historically the drier tracts of land were cleared for farms; now many of the newer residential lots sit on the edge of fields that the forests and underbrush are slowly reclaiming.
The confluence was exactly in the middle of the road. There was no traffic or other activity as we stood in the street, taking the requisite pictures. Within a few minutes we had exhausted all the potentials of the visit.
3 miles down the road on the return trip, we passed Bridgewater State College, a popular local school for aspiring teachers.