Along the Air Line... 2008 - Fall, Part 1
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 23rd: First full day of Autumn. Ladies-tresses Orchid (Spiranthes cernua).

 

 

The flower stalk on this specimen is about 10" tall, with the flowers occupying the top 3". Note how the flowers seem to sprial out from the stalk.

 

 

September 25th. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is among the first plants to show fall colors.

 

 

Poison Ivy shows color climbing the trunks of trees with green leaves above.

 

 

Several species of Sumac (Rhus sp.) have also turned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) berries are now bright red, offering nice contrast to the green and maroon leaves that will soon fall away.

 

 

 

 

 

September 28th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Asters (Aster novae-angliae).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stink Bug (Family Pentatomidae).

 

 

 

 

 

Last of the year's Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa).

 

 

Butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris).

 

 

October 1st. Judd Brook after a heavy downpour.

 

 

Jeremy River Bridge.

 

 

Probably White Cheese Polypore (Tyromyces chioneus).

 

 

October 2nd. Yellow-orange Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria var. formosa).

 

 

October 4th. Before dawn.