The joys of summer into fall!


 

 

When August gives way to September, the grandkids figure summer is over.

Back to school, no more swimming or baseball.

But this 70-something Grandpa welcomes the transition.

 

Fruits and berries are maturing, nighthawks are migrating, insects abound, fall fungi and wildflowers decorate the woods, and wildlife numbers are at their peak following the breeding season. Some fawns still wear their spots – but a few adults have turned from summer-orange to the gray of winter. Turkey poults are nearing adult size.

 

And, with cooler weather, what better time for a walk in the woods?

Here are a few discoveries from some of those explorations:

 

Three-birds pogonia

 

Turkey brood

 

garden spider

 

bellflower

 

still-spotted fawn

 

chicken of the woods

 

katydid

 

monarch on thistle

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