begins, the Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) seem to be practicing
for their journey south.
Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) called out to me from overhead,
mumbled under its breath after I took its picture.
Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) have seemed more active along the
I presume, but I'll leave it to the experts to determine which one.
wife, Julie, refers to these as LBBs, or Little Brown Birds.
colors are still in their early stages. (I'm writing this on October
8th.) Naturally the Red (or Swamp) Maples (Acer rubrum) were
among the first to turn.
(Rhus sp.) have turned as well.
Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans).
is Euonymus alatus, an escaped ornamental shrub called Winged
Euonymus, Cork Bush, or Burning Bush. A related native species of
Burning Bush has "Wahoo" as another common name.
fruits of Bittersweet (Celastris scandens) have finally split
reveal the red pulp covering the seeds inside.
the Bittersweet vines twine around each other, lending mutual support
as they reach to the canopy of trees above.
a moment to figure out this next picture. Yes, it's right side up.
Turtle (Terrapene carolina). For perhaps twenty years, my parents
kept one as a pet in their NYC garden. They fed it raw hamburger and,
from time to time, the large caterpillars of the Ailanthus Silk Moth
(or Cynthia Moth).
continue to prosper in the cool damp weather. I'll guess that those
in the first picture are in the genus Pholiota. I'm open to
suggestions on the others.
from the main trail, this smokestack is about all that remains of
a factory that once stood along the spur line leading to Colchester. Learn more about United Distillers.
the same smokestack emerges from the early morning mist.