Six weeks after the autumnal equinox, we dodged the rain and took a cloudy hike.
Most of the green and yellow leaves we noticed on the trail last week were now brown, but we extended our range a bit and found this last section of yellow.
The creek was running faster, perhaps because of the recent rain and perhaps because the leaves clogging up the works upstream had cleared out (or perhaps these two things were related).
With the cool temperatures, we were surprised to see a garter snake (twice!) that seemed to have some sort of healed tail injury.
Picking up a maple leaf, we found a slug:
And a chipmunk posed for us near the remains of an old automobile:
We also saw a bunch of ducks on the river, but we were too scary to get close enough to take a photo before they flew off. The ducks are the little dots in the sky in this photo:
My kids were excited to get a photo of the plant that holds the spiky seeds that get stuck to our clothes. usually we just find the seeds and have no idea where they came from.
The seeds themselves look like mermaids’ purses (skate or dogfish egg cases) to me, but that might be my coastal childhood coming through.
One more photo to take you into next week: