Hello, Dear Friends, our beautiful autumn is
starting to wind down, with cooler days and nights,
and leaves falling with every breeze.
I took a walk on one of those glorious, sunny
days when the sun so obligingly shines
through the autumn leaves,
creating kaleidoscopes of color.
Come along with me and we will
see what is happening
see what is happening
in the autumn woods.
Kai leads the way.
He looks so tiny under the tall trees.
Whitey Bear and Kai explore the undergrowth.
Ramblin' Man shows perspective
next to a 100 ft. tall Douglas Fir.
Douglas Fir are the main species of
our timber industry in WA state.
A wild hazelnut is late to turn color,
adding golden tones to an
increasingly bare woodland.
Western sword fern grows nearby.
A young big-leaf maple glows among
leafless alder and black cottonwood.
Big-leaf maple is a very large tree
when mature, providing an important
food source for the creatures of the woodlands
with its numerous winged seeds.
A mature, 100 ft. tree will yield thousands of
of these winged seeds, which are relished by
these little guys..........
The tiny Douglas squirrel.
Ganoderma oregonese mushrooms grow on a dead
hemlock. Hemlock is a fast-growing, short-lived,
evergreen that has been decimated by
infestations of beetles in my area.
This one recently died over the last few years.
Eventually this tree will become a 'snag',
providing a food source for woodpeckers,
such as this Pileated woodpecker.
We have a healthy population of woodpeckers
here in our forest of living and dying trees.
The cavities they excavate provide housing
for smaller birds and animals, such
as chickadees and squirrels.
Someday the hemlock will look like this.....
Nature always works together.
Each species dependent upon the other.
My neighbor's horse - dependent upon kind owners
to provide a lovely home, warm blanket and green pastures.
Kai greets the neighbor's dog through the fence, an Icelandic sheepdog.
Isn't he cute?
He keeps his eye on me........
I'm sure he is wondering what I am holding up to my face!
The camera can be a scary thing........
Time to say goodbye.......
An uprooted, half eaten mushroom.
Tiny 'Fairy Bonnet' mushrooms which
are very common this time of year.
These do not appear to be palatable
and grow undisturbed in groups or 'troops'.
The drooping seed-head of a volunteer sunflower.
Maple among the tall spires of black cottonwood
and a young Douglas fir.
Soft, filtered light.
Holly grows on the right.
This young holly is just starting to fruit,
catching the fallen leaves in its spiny boughs.
Only female holly bear fruit.
The trunks of mature big-leaf maples
host beautiful, soft green moss.
Maple and holly, side by side.
This large holly was only 5 ft. high when
we were contemplating buying this property.
This is where we stopped and turned around to see.......
Mt. Rainier rising above the Cascade range.
We were smitten.
After 4 years of 'roughing it'
in a 32 ft. vintage travel trailer
attached to that very small shed,
with 4 small children,
we finally moved into our hand-built home.
You can read a little about our journey, Here.
Now the view from the holly is our home.
But we can peek over the roof......
A lone black cottonwood stands out in
a forest of Douglas fir.
A spotted towhee guards the garden bench.
The deep river valley below us.
Can you see the Stellar's Jay at the top of the tree on the left?
You can see the dark trunks of the black cottonwood trees;
hence their name.
Time to go inside as the shadows lengthen.....
The young Japanese maple brightens the way.
The days are so short now.....
Kai in his favorite spot - keeping watch outside,
but able to look in at me.
A short hop through the pet-door brings him back inside :)
A male Anna's hummingbird enjoying a late afternoon sip on the deck.
This one has an unusual ring around his eyes.
The end of a beautiful, November day.
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