On an unusually warm day in November (notably not
today), this snake was an equally unusual sight. About two feet long, it may have been a Common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis
After zigzagging itself across one of the paved paths, it took off towards the woods once it got into the grass.
Soft, chewy sun spots
Floating like festive paper lanterns near the top of a multi-trunk persimmon tree, these bright round fruits were hanging on ’til the bitter (or at least astringent) end.
(Earlier post about the persimmon.)
A fairly tame park squirrel, this fellow seemed to be wearing little plastic fangs and a big grin. On closer inspection, it was probably just something he was chewing on.
Sitting right on the thin line between autumn and winter, this newly fallen leaf (red maple, I think) rests on some of the first ice of the season.
(Previous, sunnier posts about the Red maple and its amazing colors.)
Like a nesting doll, the stalk of flower buds on this Princess or Empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa
) form a brown-baubled tree within a tree.
Phoebe snow-white breast
I think this little grey and white bird is an Eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe
). He was flying and perching around the edge of the meadow portion of Weltz Park.
With the afternoon sun shining directly on him, his undercarriage looked almost bleached.
Waxy waterfall of fungus fingers
Washing down the side of a large log like a cascade of melting wax, this funny-looking fungus may be Ochre spreading tooth (Steccherinum ochraceum
) or something similar.