What I Saw

Exploring the End of Summer With Brandy

We are into the last week of September, fall is just upon us now and the last traces of summer are starting to fade. Our morning walk in the forest provides a different scenic view every day. The landscape is constantly changing now with new colors and patterns. Everyday we find something new to explore, a new something that catches our eye. The hidden secrets once cloaked by a thick barrier of green have started to show as the the green turns to yellow and red and the barrier starts to fall away. Berries not so long ago food for the creators of the forest, bright and vibrant are now dry waiting to seed. Flower blooms have wilted and dried, in turn seeds are ready to provide new life. Birds are on the hunt for the new seeds, flying from branch to branch and flower to flower.

Today we started our walk as the morning rain ended, just a light drizzle, enough to give Bandy a tickle to her fur. The drizzle did not bother our feeding birds and squirrels this morning. Birds crossed back and forth in front of us along the trail. Even with the activity of foraging birds, there is a calmness in forest. For a moment while waiting for Brandy to explore a bush of interest, the tiniest Aphid flew in front of me. Not a sound was made by the creature, it hovered up and down in front of me, it’s tiny wings a creamy blur. An amazing contrast to the giant fifty foot trees surrounding us to this barley seen pilot.

With the rain ending, we pressed on further into the forest, looking for what new has been revealed for us. Never disappointed, we both find new treasures. For Brandy there is always a bush to explore, for me something always catches my camera’s eye.

Brandy and I have had a great Summer, we explored at least nine new parks and forests together. Over the Summer we walked, well we ambled down dozens of trails. I was not sure if I was ready to say good bye to Summer, as I look back at the pictures from our walks, I think we did alright. It was a pretty full Summer of exploring. Now it is time to see what we can do with this new Fall.

The Green Barrier turning to Yellow and Red.

Flower blooms have wilted and dried, in turn seeds are ready to provide new life.

Berries not so long ago food for the creators of the forest, bright and vibrant, now dry waiting to seed.

Oak Trees, one of the last to get it’s leaves this year, they are one of the first to leave us.

The trail once grass and dirt is now covered by a carpet of yellow and brown leaves.

A vine now turned yellow is exposed as the barrier of green falls away.

The forest is not quite ready to give up on life for the season.

The end of another Summer, moving into a new and colorful Fall. One tree clings to it’s last left.

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