as we passed the pond a flock of blackbirds took off and went swirling across the sky in front of the moon- of course, i didn't have the camera ready- but it was a very cool sight- startled me a bit when they took off, then made me laugh with joy.
the colors are still hanging in there....
stay off muddy trails, turn around signs posted. i have to confess that i took a hike last winter and got in bad mud. i kept thinking it would dry out "on top". it didn't, and i felt awful and have since become much more aware.
even sandy trails like red fox & chickadee can get trashed. this is dry today (yay for fast draining sandy soil), but it's clear that there was traffic yesterday, and how this will get really chopped up as winter progresses. then people start moving toward the edges and widening the trails. not good stewardship.