Fall Colors Stroll

Today’s spectacular weather beckoned me outdoors.  I chose to take a stroll along the Community Connector Trail from the base of the Twin Bridges to the trail bridge over the outlet of Wager Pond.

Trail bridge over outlet of Wager’s Pond

Outlet of Wager’s Pond

View of Mohawk River and outlet of Wager’s Pond

View my fall colors sampler –

Virginia Creeper

Upper colored leaves = Sugar Maple, Lower colored leaves = American Basswood

Smooth Arrowwood

Northern Prickly Ash

Asiatic Bittersweet – note the Black-capped Chickadee just left of the twisted trunk of the left tree

Three-seeded Mercury

Hog Peanut

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod

White Wood Aster

Wild Columbine

Common Witch-hazel sans flowers

Chestnut Oak

Happy trails!

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Welcome to Autumn

Equinox Tree – half fall colors, half greenery; observed near Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve in the Town of Colonie

The autumnal equinox will arrive Friday afternoon.  The shorter days and cooler nights to follow will usher in a new season of vibrantly colored foliage throughout the area.  Read about the status of fall colors.  Read about the dozen best places in the Capital Region to view fall colors.  See other leaf-peeping opportunities throughout New York.  View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves.

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective (slide show or video).  Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Wood Strawberry

Here is a list of autumn activities to consider:

Happy trails!

Late Summer Stoll along the Champlain Canal

Yesterday, I concluded my wildflower inventory of the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail segment located in the Town of Waterford.  I found a few more species to add to my list; I am ready to expand my wildflower field guide for this trail, which will now include the segment in this town as well as a longer segment in the Town of Halfmoon.

Yesterday’s mostly sunny sky and blooming wildflowers belied the fact that autumn is rapidly approaching.  A sneak peek at fall colors is beginning to appear everywhere.

Lopseed exhibiting its fall foliage

During my outing, I observed the following –

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod

Gray Goldenrod

Calico Aster

Tall Goldenrod

Late Goldenrod

Garden Phlox

Climbing False Buckwheat

Canada Goldenrod

Cranberry Viburnum fruit – while edible, I don’t like their flavor.

Pale Jewelweed

Virginia Creeper fruit – highly toxic to humans.

Pilewort

Spotted Jewelweed

Gray Dogwood fruit – important food for songbirds.

Common Evening Primrose

Turtlehead

Purple-stemmed Aster

Hog Peanut

Hog Peanut seedpods – these seeds are not edible.

Flat-topped Goldenrod

Autumn-olive fruit – can be made into a jam high in lycopene.

Devil’s Beggar Ticks (AKA Sticktight)

Tall Rattlesnake Root

Happy trails!

 

Welcome to Autumn!

The autumnal equinox will arrive Thursday morning.  The shorter days and cooler nights to follow will usher in a new season of vibrantly colored foliage throughout the area.  Read about the status of fall colors throughout New York.  View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves.

Wild Geranium

Here is a list of other autumn activities to consider:

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective.  Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!

Happy Autumn!

The autumnal equinox will arrive early Wednesday morning.  The shorter days and cooler nights to follow will usher in a new season of vibrantly colored foliage throughout the area.  Read about the status of fall colors and see other leaf-peeping opportunities throughout New York.  View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves.

Here is a list of other autumn activities to consider:

Wood Strawberry

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective.  Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!

A summery autumn Sunday

The sun arose to a beautiful day.  Despite the sunshine, the air retained an autumn chill this morning.  Great day for a walk.

I headed to Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in the Town of Halfmoon to check out the early fall colors.Fall color along Historic Champlain Canalway TrailMost ash trees are already bare and, surprisingly, quite a few red maples are nearly so.

Despite all that, there were a few flowers, other than the late-season asters, that were in bloom.

Indian Mustard

Indian Mustard plus a couple of Bouncing Bets

End-of-the-season fruit also provided their own splashes of color…

Cranberry Viburnum fruit

Cranberry Viburnum fruit

Fruit of Summer Grape

Fruit of Summer Grape

Today’s outing also provided the opportunity to see and hear a number of songbirds and waterfowl, including American goldfinches, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, belted kingfishers, blue jays, wood ducks, red-tailed hawk, Canada geese, and a double-crested cormorant.

Looking north along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail S of Brookwood Road

Looking north along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail south of Brookwood Road

Be sure to take time to enjoy the fall colors as landscape views will be noticeably changing each week.  Happy trails!

Happy autumn!

Later tonight, the autumnal equinox will occur. With shorter days and cooler nights to come, the new season will soon be heralding a myriad of vibrant fall colors throughout our area. Read why leaves change colors.  Read about the chemistry of colors of autumn leaves.

Read the fall foliage forecast.  Read about the status of fall colors and see other leaf-peeping opportunities throughout New York. View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves. Watch a brief video about fall colors in other parts of the United States and how to find a status report for those areas.

Here is a short list of other autumn activities to consider:

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective. Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!