October Memories

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Wisps of clouds and soft colors defined a warm and peaceful sunrise

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Natural rhythms were interrupted by unusually warm, dry and erratic weather patterns

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Early leaf drop and muted colors in woodlands shifted attention to the landscape underfoot

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The Harvest Moon reminded all of the landscape overhead

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Harvested fields were crowded with hungry geese

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Gulls as well as geese foraged in dense, low fog on cold mornings

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Searches for fall landscapes led to familiar haunts, like the old mill pond

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Driven more by photoperiod than the tricky warm weather, a mature male beaver prepared for winter by harvesting an aspen tree and stashing branches at the family lodge

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Staghorn Sumac was on fire!

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A large ash tree, dead for many years, returned to life. An impressive mass of “Chicken-of-the woods” fungus fruited on the base of the snag and lit up a drab woodland scene.

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October reflections

Photos by NB Hunter (October 2017). © All Rights Reserved.

 

Gulls in Winter

I usually take a scenic, secondary road when shopping for supplies, a route bordered by farms, woodlots ….and the county landfill. The waste water pond at the landfill is sometimes a point of interest for birders, attracting the occasional raptor as well as resident ducks, geese and gulls. A large, mixed flock of gulls, hunkering down on a frigid morning with a sub-zero windchill, provided me with a monochromatic winter scene, very typical of Central New York this time of year.

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.