Along the Air Line... 2019 - Fall, Part 3
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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October 10th. Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens).










October 13th. After days of showers and gusty winds, many leaves are down in open areas like the trail borders through the marsh...



...though forest edges are doing better.



Common Reed (Phragmites australis) is photogenic, but invasive and rapidly filling the marsh.









The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is back.



























Some kaleidoscope captures made from the fall foliage photos just above.
























October 15th. Full moon.









Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).



More ground fog than yesterday.





















October 17th. Water up to near normal level after several inches of rain overnight. First time it's been this high since the beaver trapper breached the dam in late March. (The dam remains washed out with no beavers to repair it.)



Heavy cloud cover remained as the storm moved out.












I count 21 Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in this photo.


















Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) hangs on after most other flowers have succumbed to the cold.