Along the Air Line... 2015 - Fall, Part 8
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 23rd.  An afternoon walk east from Route 207, looking for color in this bleak 'tween seasons time.  Blackberry, I think.  Rubus sp. at least.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barberry (Berberus sp.).  Note the spines.

 

 

Sneak preview of next spring's Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus).

 

 

Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata).

 

 

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).

 

 

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides).

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of mosses showing shades of green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three common species of Lycopodium are easy to spot at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lycopodium produces fine powdery spores.  In early days of photography, the spores were collected, shaken onto a reflective tray, and ignited as flash powder.

 

 

A crustose Lichen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 24th.  Eighteen degrees.  The marsh mostly frozen over; the most Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) I've seen this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

Frost on the birds that have just stepped up onto the ice.

 

 

 

 

 

Frost on the Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) too.

 

 

November 26th.  Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 27th.  Out early, hoping for a sunrise.  Too cloudy; no color at all.

 

 

Looking closer for other subjects instead.

 

 

Throw a pebble; click.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun should have been up by now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noontime brief walk from Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.

 

 

There's a rooster at the barnyard not far east of Cranberry bog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm day for late November but I didn't expect to see a young Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).

 

 

 

 

 

November 28th.  Yesterday, I got to the trail before dawn, hoping for a sunrise.  Got... nothing as you can see in yesterday's posting.  Today looked like a similar overcast sky early so I decided to take my time getting to the trail.  Can't win.  This is what I saw from my back yard. 

 

 

While not trail photos, this is what you would have seen from the trail at about 6:30 A.M.

 

 

December 2nd. Overcast and occasional light drizzle at 39 degrees.

 

 

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and...

 

 

...Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 3rd.  Clouds breaking up after yesterday's rain.