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Glacial growth rings

Franklin Lake had a thin glaze, although a few parts remained liquidly supple. Here and there, small petals of ice blossomed along reedy stems.

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Lower the Brown Lantern

Caught upright on some dry briars, a large leaf formed a daytime beacon on the forest floor as the sun shone through its veined parchment. Might be from a Red oak tree (Quercus rubra).

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Natural tree ornaments

A sizable group of buzzards festooned a few trees in the park, creating their own ‘Nightmare-Before-Christmas’-style decorations. I think these were all Black vultures (Coragyps atratus), but there may have been some Turkey vultures among them.

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An early frosting

This odd fungus was rather eye-catching, as it looked as if someone had taken a bag of white icing and piped it in swirls around some low stems.

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Yellow journal, is ’em

More amber autumn notes, this time composed by a Katsura tree.

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Making a differential

A multi-use path was probably not the best place for this grasshopper to stop for a rest, but since it was gone a little later, it must’ve made it back to the relative safety of a nearby meadow. Might be … Continue reading

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A plot of gold

Yellow flecks of a different sort dotted a grassy area today, as tiny Golden-crowned kinglets dabbled among the fallen leaves. They seemed unconcerned with admirers and would approach the path at will.

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