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Old Nov 7, 2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Some November views & "critters"

A few photos from some recent trail work days here at (& near) the park.
Late Autumn is the ripening time here. Many tree seeds are ripe and scattering, like these Redbud pods. And some are a bit past ripe, like these Spicebush berries.
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November breezes are full of ripe Milkweed seeds. Some land in the frosted fields, and catch the sun so well with the melting frost-drops!
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Barns are well-stocked now against the coming cold, and both fields & hills are rich with the fading colors.
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Down along the creeks, the "scouring rush" plants are still quite green. Their rather odd name comes from an old-timey use. Their rough, silica-rich "stems" are find for scouring out pots & pans! (If you wash your dishes down at the creek...)
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Dead tree limbs are alive with woodpeckers these days. This patient little Downy Woodpecker didn't seem to mind the noisy photographer too much!
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Of course the Squirrels are very busy with the autumn nut harvest. This little fella stayed in this tree fork for at least 10 minutes, working on one walnut. When I passed by about an hour later, he was still there - not sure if it was the same nut though!
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Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of late autumn in East Tennessee! (and hope your autumn rambles are at least as lovely!)

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I do enjoy looking at the images in your postings. The additional information you provide as to species, locations, and personal anecdotes is always appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

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I always enjoy your series Mole!
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Always, lovely series, terrific detail especially on the squirrels.

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