Photographer's Note

We had been hiking through the bucolic woods in East Greenwich, Rhode Island when we came across rugged stone walls once serving as borders between farms. The focal points were the moss growing on the ancient stones and some odd pink leaves on a tree seen on the right. Four hundred years ago it would have been native Americans — "Indians," in the vernacular — who inhabited these forests and hunted wild turkey, squirrel, deer, and bears. The bears are rare now, but the others are still around running the wild.

New England was settled by British settlers ca. 1620, just 13 years after their compatriots first took up residence in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1776 when the 13 colonies won their independence from the England and banded together as the United States, the states of the northeast included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and the smallest state of all 13, Rhode Island. Ironically, the smallest state possessed the longest formal name, "The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

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