After last week’s excitement in the form of an exhibition and talk, life is returning to a slower pace. Autumn is in full swing now. When the sun is shining there are still enough leaves with great color left on the trees to make things seem magical. On the other hand, after days of rain and overhanging clouds…it’s easy to get a case of the grays. Following are a few images from last weekend. I did come across an unexpected bird that is new to my Falls of the Ohio checklist. I was able to watch a pair of Prothonotary Warblers for a few minutes and managed a couple of really blurry images with my camera. The park’s official checklist lists them as being only occasional for the spring season. So, I’m feeling lucky to have seen them unexpectedly.
The park’s woodchuck’s are busy putting on weight for the hibernation to come. It seems this has been a decent year for them. I’ve seen many and stepped into more than one unseen burrow entrance. It’s been a good year watching animals in general. The mink sighting earlier in the year was a highlight. It’s only a matter of time before I surprise a deer in the park. Signs of them are starting to show up everywhere.
I’m still finding unusual plastic stuff all the time. Despite walking familiar routes through the park, I keep coming across items deposited here by past floods. Here’s a plastic model Mustang car. It was lying snug next to a log. I have other images of shoes and plastic gasoline containers as well that I’ll use to eventually update those image collections on this blog. With many of the willow trees losing their leaves, my secret studio spot is easier to find than ever. Here’s what it looks like currently. Prince Madoc is keeping a good watch over things! According to the extended forecast, tomorrow is supposed to be the one sunny day of the week. I’ve promised myself an extended outing at the Falls. Whatever I make or document will be my posts for the upcoming week.