I got an email last night from a woman I had met at National Trails Day this summer. She asked if I could help her spot her car for a hike on the North Country Trail near me. So many people have helped me on my way, as I hike, that I like to help others when I can. I interviewed her for my next newspaper column, and I also posted that on the NCT News blog. You can follow the link at the end for that story.
It worked out great for Maggie and me to hike with her, for 2.5 miles, and then she went on, and Maggie and I turned back. It had rained earlier, but was breaking up into occasional gleams of sunlight working through the fog. On the outward trip I talked with Marilyn; on the way back I hunted for camera treasures.
The Case of the Disappearing Dog! I forgot to take Maggie's orange vest. Not good. I tied some yellow flagging tape around her neck, but it wasn't much help. But it's only small-game hunting season, and those hunters are usually much more careful. I don't even go to the woods during gun-deer season. Can you see my brown pup in the brown leaves?
I just like the way the moss, lichen, and little mushrooms look against this log, dark from the days of soaking.
As I said another day, the colors this year have been predominantly yellow and gold. Here's one more little golden maple that just "popped." It's actually a red maple, which usually do turn red in the fall, demonstrating the shift to yellow this autumn.
I think this is the best one! It's Witch-Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. Yes this is the plant that the astringent comes from. It is extracted from the wood and bark of this shrub, common to northern woodlands. I just liked the spots and the sun catching on the undersides of the leaves while the tops remain dull. You can click this one to make it bigger if you want.
Pretty nice morning! Wrote my column and some other writing assignments this afternoon. Maggie napped.
|See Infected By the H1-K1-NG Bug for Marilyn's hike
See Senator Levin Meets Nimblewill Nomad for National Trails Day 2009 where I met Marilyn