Monday, October 13, 2008

Hidden in Plain Sight

A mild and stormless October is allowing our trees to keep hold of their leaves as they change into those breathtaking colors. On our large west lawn there are many trees all scattered about. There is a huge willow and numerous evergreens that draw your attention immediately. But last Friday, as we turned into the driveway, we spotted this little Charlie Brown tree, normally hidden in the center of the lawn, dwarfed by its neighbors. But this week, "it showed 'em"! As the evergreens remain green, as the willow and larger trees slowly start their conversion, this little thing decided to turn all at once---bright red. It is stealing the show--and what a little beauty!

Another autumn experience came this weekend, too---the harvesting of the grape crop all along Rte. 5 and Rte. 20 from Harborcreek east to the New York state line. The aroma of those ripe-picked grapes really could be smelled right outside in our backyard. Here's a thick bunch of them right before the picker came through.

And finally, the latest on one of our favorite topics: our deer. First of all our deer are appearing every day now, right out in the open, between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. before it gets too dark to see them. Their coats have turned dark gray and they blend in with the tree trunks, bushes and grasses that border the woods.
They are traveling in larger groups nowadays. It's not unusual to see 5, 6 or even 7 running across the backyard, heading to or from the apple orchard. There is also one "late" fawn that we saw with its mother just last week. He or she was nursing right out in the open. It is wonderful to see them, for we know that as the daylight hours get shorter and shorter we will lose sight of them until early spring, as their morning and evening travels will take place in the dark. However, we always know that they are still around--those hoofprints in the snow give them away!

Here's one I caught staring back at me!