Remember the Scouts that I was checking out locations for? Ellen and I met with them this morning, for just a few minutes. They were breaking camp and getting ready to hike to where I suggested they stay tonight. They had a really wet night last night and were happy to hear that the day was supposed to be only windy, not wet.
Then Ellen and I headed in the other direction. We didn't really want to "crash" their party. It was chilly, but just a great day for a hike. You can see that the leaves are really starting to come down now- the forest floor is carpeted with orange and brown. This hemlock grove was really pretty.
At one place, the trail comes really close to the South Branch of the Pere Marquette River. This is the same river that I show you quite often, but it's not the main stream. However, this joins the full river before it goes through the Scottville Park or near my house- the places I show you most often.
From just a few days ago, when the interesting things to see were just overwhelming the senses, we now have to look with different eyes and look for variations in texture or shape, or spots of remaining color. Every once in a while one will find a leaf that's all out of proportion to others. This is a black oak leaf. Look at it compared to all the ones behind it!
Tomorrow- a few more of those interesting details.
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