Weekly Walk 4

Six weeks after the autumnal equinox, we dodged the rain and took a cloudy hike.

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It was our chilliest hike yet. We didn’t need to wear winter coats, but we made good use of gloves, as when my son showed me this mockernut hickory nut—inside its husk—while wearing my gloves:

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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.

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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).

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Lucky penny:

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With the cool temperatures, we were surprised to see a garter snake (twice!) that seemed to have some sort of healed tail injury.

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Picking up a maple leaf, we found a slug:

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And a chipmunk posed for us near the remains of an old automobile:

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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:

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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.

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The seeds themselves look like mermaids’ purses (skate or dogfish egg cases) to me, but that might be my coastal childhood coming through.

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One more photo to take you into next week:

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8 comments

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  2. Cheyanne · November 4, 2015

    Gorgeous! super jealous of your leaves!

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    • Charity · November 4, 2015

      Thanks! The leaves are nice, but the snow that follows them gets a little old after a couple of months. 🙂

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      • Cheyanne · November 4, 2015

        Fair enough. I’ve only seen the snow once — when I was 3 years old. I don’t remember it so I’m sure I’ve romanticized it a bit

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      • Charity · November 5, 2015

        Oh, the snow is gorgeous and I love to see it for about a month, maybe even two, and in depths less than three feet (at least when I’ve got to shovel it). I’m not a New Englander by birth (Florida and California shaped my first ten years), and last year’s 9+ feet total for the season, which stretched from the first snowfall in November to the last snowfall in April, was a bit much for me.

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      • Cheyanne · November 5, 2015

        Yeah, that does seem like a bit much!

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  3. Ellery Davies · October 30, 2015

    Try as I might, I cannot find the chipmunk next to the remains of an old auto. In fact, I do not see any animal life in that photo. What am I missing?!

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    • Charity · October 30, 2015

      You mean I accidentally made a “Where’s Waldo?” The chipmunk is sitting on the tree trunk to the right of the auto. If you click the photo, it will get a little bigger, then there should be the option to zoom, if you need to.

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