The Couper Property
A Photo Essay
Photos taken July 18, 2015
This map shows the Couper Property outlined in bold yellow. Our
photo walk is numbered.
Image retrieved from http://www.littletonma.org/couperfarm, July 18, 2015.
Field names added by author.
D. Great Road Field
B. Lower Field
C. Central Field
F. The Wooded Island
E. Hilltop Field
A. Lower Woods
Image retrieved from http://www.littletonma.org/couperfarm, July 18, 2015
This map shows the developer’s proposed plan for the Couper Property.
This stream parallels the SW edge of the Couper property,
flowing into the Nashoba Brook via Nonset Brook and Butter
Brook. These are the headwaters of the Sudbury-Assabet-
Concord (SUASCO) watershed.
The southernmost corner of the Couper Property,
looking north toward the Great Road.
Hidden vistas show a lush and varied forest landscape.
Old stone walls in the forest, heading from Oak Road toward
the lower field.
Wet paths along the edge of the Couper Property.
Walking toward the lower field, along the southern edge of the
Couper boundary. Much of the year, this muddy area is full of
The scarce Indian Pipe grows in the dark understory of dense
Emerging from the forest at the edge of the lower field.
A vista is defined as a “pleasing view, especially through
a long, narrow opening.”
Verdant grasses and rich soil mark the fields of the Couper
A hidden treasure, you cannot see this field from the
Great Road. Nor can you see any signs of manmade structure
from within this space and from most of the property.
Were houses to be built on this land, every one of these
vistas would disappear.
Swallows swooping over the lower field. A multitude of birds
sing from the trees along the edges of the fields.
In the wintertime these fields are criss-crossed with cross
country ski, snow shoe, and snowmobile tracks. A lot of
recreation happens away from our town’s playing fields.
The unspoiled vista looking back across the lower field from
the northeastern corner.
A delightful vista from the lower field into the central field.
You can see telephone lines on the Great Road from here,
but no cars.
Vista back toward the Great Road. We can hear cars but not
Tractor tracks across the middle of the central field, looking
in the direction of Donelan’s.
Wildflowers and lush grass - this is rich soil.
A butternut tree grows along the edge of the wooded island.
Butternut was used by the Native Americans for oils,
and it is a prized cabinet wood.
The hilltop field takes a steep drop down into the woods.
We walk along the lower edge of the hilltop field, looking up
toward the Great Road, seeing nothing but sky and green.
These are the types of places where my family recreates.
Not on town playing fields,
but in the woods and the open spaces of Littleton.
The vistas of the Couper Land are hidden from the Great
Road. Preserving these vistas and this open space is about
more than preserving a 300 foot strip of land along the road.
We walk up the hilltop field along the southern edge of the
Couper Property. On the other side of the trees is the Pickard
Farm. Only as we crest the hill do we see telephone wires on
the Great Road.
From the break at the top edge of the hilltop field, we see
the pumpkins growing on the Pickard farm and a house in
A lovely birch tree in the break between the Couper Property
and Pickard farm.
The view looking back down to the wooded island.
The pumpkins growing in the fields at the upper edge of the
Couper Property.These are the pumpkins my family and my
neighbors will pick in October.
Again, the small vistas matter as much as the big ones.
Whether retained as farmland or open fields, this property is a
hidden treasure worthy of preserving.
And back to where we started, the headwaters of the Concord
For more information on the Couper Property:
To learn more about the the Sudbury-Assabet-
Concord River Watershed:
To make sure your voice is heard:
Send a letter or an email to the Littleton Town
Adminstrator, Keith Bergman:
Attend the next public hearing: Monday, August 10,
6:30 pm Town Offices, Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA.
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Together, we the people, can make a difference.
All photos copyright C. Bean, 2015.