the colors of october continue to grow and change and spread and fade over the landscape. while the red maples along the pond are mostly bare, the yellows of the beeches in the forest are beginning to really glow. these photos are from a morning walk i took last week. sometimes my journeys along these woodland paths are silent and calm. on this particular morning there was quite a bit of woods activity. i heard the exciting call of a pileated woodpecker and immediately looked to see the silhouette of a large bird being chased by one or two smaller birds. once the smaller birds left the area, i was able to watch the woodpecker from a distance. he or she pecked away and scooted around dead trees for a while, then flew off in another direction. farther away and ahead of me on the trail i heard the woodpecker call again, but this time it sounded like there were two together. later on the trail i came upon another or the same pileated. he or she was much closer this time, and i just stood for a while watching and snapping a few photos. i’ve seen these awesome birds before on my walks and hikes, but i don’t usually get too close or get a chance to watch them, since they usually fly away from me right away.
meanwhile, this warm and sunny weather we’ve had has revived the mosquitoes and other bugs. as nice as it is to not have to make fires in the cabin at night and enjoy seeing flowers still in gardens, i think i’m ready for our first frost of the season! it’s actually been rainy over this past weekend and the winds have picked up today. leaves are really falling from the trees now. this season is far too short for my liking.