Goldenrod Fuzz

The goldenrod has dropped its color and is slowly sagging as the cold weather comes.  The ends look furry now, gray and seed loosening up.  The birds must be having a grand time filling themselves.

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Hidden Goldfinch

The goldenrod are clacking and rattling as the many American goldfinches in the woods are having their fill of the seeds.  The field is surprisingly noisy with their movements although its hard to see one, they are so well suited …

Exposed Roots

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 …

Rainbow of Leaves

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.

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Black Squirrel

Crunch, crunch.  The leaves are nearly all gone and this squirrel was back, same tree, more black walnuts, having a meal as I came by.  It’s funny how distinctive the sound of a squirrel gnawing a nut can be after …

Bittersweet Flowers

We have always called this bittersweet – the green leaves, when eaten, have a tangy citrus flavor – and it is a frequent visitor to our lawn.  This flower appeared in a cluster of other green along the river and …

Cucumbers, Fresh and Gone

The wild cucumber vines are still easy to see with their large leaves.  Some are just flowering, quite late in the year.  Some have fruited and the cucumbers are just greening up, their spiky bodies easy to see hanging off …

Calm River

The dog and I walked down onto a rocky area where the creek comes out under a bridge and joins the Holland River.  It is a gathering place for ducks but there weren’t any there today.  The river looked so …