A Short Morning Hike

So many of the blogs I follow have posted ones showing beautiful fall colors. I greatly enjoyed each one and was quite envious.

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I was on the road that led to Eagle Mountain, where Buffy and I hiked a lot. The road is treacherous now with washed-out places that could flip a vehicle. Needless to say, we haven’t gone up there in over a year.

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Buffy has a hurt hind leg. My husband watched her while I drove a loop over to Stone Face. The turkey vultures were apparently gathering and heading southeast.

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Obviously, they didn’t take time to pose for pictures. A wider angle picture would’ve shown nearly 40 of them.

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If these aren’t called pixie cups, they should be.

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A fresh buckeye butterfly landed on the edge of the dry creek. It will soon migrate south, because they don’t overwinter as far north as southern Illinois.

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Here’s another picture to show off the fading fall colors.

Hopefully, they will be brilliant next fall.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Here in Ohio it was amazing how late in the year it was before we saw our first Buckeye and in the Buckeye state no less!.

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  2. I hope you have some glorious colors next year. It’s hard to tell what makes one year better than another. We had a very dry summer but oddly that seemed to make the colors better.
    Many bracket fungi grow into a cup shape. Those might be turkey tails (Trametes versicolor.)

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