This morning walking down the gravel road, Wester Avenue in Taylor County Wisconsin I counted seven squished grass snakes and one red bellied snake, two road toad skins, but then I quit looking down because geese were flying over in a partial V. There was a light fog and the trees, despite the “At Peak” broadcasts are actually past peak as far as I’m concerned and dropping leaves all over the place.
The over-the-top beauty is so ephemeral, just a brief respite. We’re moving into the bare branches and shades of tan and brown season. the chickadees were doing their whistling calls, and the crows are flocking. They have a couple special trees in this one 40 acre wilder zone that they gather in their murders.
Daylight is contracting so fast now, each morning its easier to get up before the sun and then walk in the sunrise. It makes great photo opportunities easy, so I’m carrying my camera constantly, just about. I was wondering why the Earth rotates and tilts the way it always does, such a mystery.
Saw a really cool contrast near the end of one of my neighbor’s driveway. A maple that has turned dark magenta red and a wild cucumber vine that looks like some sort of feather boa.
Today was lovely, sunny, warm, and so of course I had to stack hay, but then I went to Sackett Lake with the dogs and played fetch and gave them baths in the lake water. It cooled me off just fine.
Season’s changing, enjoy it while you may. Except if you’re a snake, don’t sunbathe in the road – it’s a death trap.Don’t worry, this isn’t a picture of a snake, just a downed tree with a pretty red maple leaf caught on it.