Monday, October 10, 2011 – 3:20PM
In the 70’s°F, light breeze, 100% cover of high hazy clouds
Last week the maples here had finally started to get a noticeable yellowish cast to them. I thought I’d come back this week to find them at the peak of their color. Not so! Between last week’s visit and now, the trees had actually become almost completely bare. (Seriously – check out last week’s phenology update and compare to the photo above.) The forest floor is covered with a thick layer of dry fallen maple leaves, so that my footsteps crunch as I walk. The chipmunks and squirrels make an impressive racket as they tear back and forth through the new drifts of leaves.
The weather for the past week has been unseasonably warm, and there hasn’t been any rain, so the soil and litter is dry once again. This pattern’s supposed to change again in the next couple days, though, back to something more recognizable as October.
There are sparrows in the field, and I’m cursing myself for not having brought my binoculars.