You can hear the woodpecker fledglings from far away, but they’re hard to locate up close. I stood starting into the trees until I saw movement in the smallest conceivable hole. It was confirmed as a nest when an adult returned with food.
Spring blossoms on the various fruit trees – mostly apples and cherries from what I can tell, with a few pears – along the river add a bit of color to the thickening green everywhere. It’s early but the tree blossom is getting started and even the honeysuckle has started to get ready to bloom. …
The river rises and falls and this trees roots are exposed at the low point. It reminds me of images of the World Tree, Yggrdrasil. It’s hard to believe there’s much left of the tree on land, or that it will be many years before the rest of the earth erodes.
The colors changing more quickly now. This tree was changing from the outer edge to the inside, with reds and golds slowly turning to green, all on the same branch. It reminded me of a rainbow.
Fungus on trees is pretty common. This small toadstool – or mushroom – was jutting out of the place a tree limb had been, about 10 feet off the ground. No reason it shouldn’t grow there but it’s the first I’ve seen. It must be nice and damp in the wood there.
The leaves are changing color but not uniformly. Lots of green still but a few maples have dropped their leaves already and I found a few red ones lying by themselves. They remind me of Canadian flags in their natural habitat.
All the berries have ripened now and those that aren’t being actively devoured may hang around into winter. There have been hordes of birds in the trees but I have noticed, at least during last winter, that the number of birds didn’t necessarily mean all of the available food disappeared.
The trees have started to turn although it is still hit and miss. Some of gone to a deep red and orange and others are still entirely green. These latter may just go straight to brown and fall off.
These berry remnants were startlingly red and seemed almost pink in the late afternoon autumn sun. The birds have been making good work of the berries and I don’t expect to see much more of these up near the path. The finches are nearby but I’m guessing they’re not the only ones to find the …
More of the apples. The sunlight made them look so appealing I didn’t to miss an opportunity to record what they looked like. More frequently than I would have expected, I find that if I do not take a picture to capture what I’ve seen, it may not be there the next day.
The apples have ripened into lovely red fruit. The windfalls have also increased, so there will be some happy animals reaping those, I’m sure. A tree that people walk below has had its apples trampled, and the smell of alcohol from the fermenting fruit is quite rich there.