It’s been a spectacular month – with dramatic clouds and sun, and brilliant leaf colors.
The wetland and Sumac Bluff
Wetland on a misty morning
Hidden Oaks bench – early in October, most leaves were still green.
Then they changed color
Now the colors are softening to a more wintry gray
The Knife Edge Point bench
Indian Grass Point
I’m still finding a few late flowers.
Does along Cabin Creek path
Hidden Oaks Savanna looking out to the point
Indian Grass Savanna
Indian Grass Savanna – looking north into Ragwort Opening
Indian Grass Point – looking south to Maple Ridge
Sugar Maples on Maple Ridge
Buffalo Ridge Prairie
Hidden Oaks Meadow
Our fall project is to clear the southeast facing hillside of Indian Grass Point – to turn it back into savanna. It has some big old oaks, but brush and smaller trees have grown up around them.
Here’s the hillside on October 1, before we started.
This is the way it looked a few days ago – after a few weeks of cutting and clearing and hauling away piles of brush.
Here’s a closer look. This is from October 1 – before we started.
And this is a similar spot on October 19.
We hope to make it to the top of the hill – the bottom edge of the dry prairie remnant – before the snow comes.
Rockrose in the fall
Cottonwood leaf in the mist
The view out my window – beyond my computer screen. Migrating birds love these bushes. White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow have just gone through; now I’m seeing Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.
Stormy sunset over Western Prairie