Friday, October 22, 2010

Signs of fall

I headed up the mountain this morning with the notion of giving the dogs some exercise ahead of the forecast change in the weather; and of course to set up a calling stand or two. I put Bear and Chigger out in front of the pickup and let them hunt the road ahead of me. It was cool this morning, and the dogs moved out at a good clip. I had high expectations of them treeing a squirrel or two, but nothing seemed to be moving. When I thought the dogs had enough I loaded them in the truck and drove to a good location to call. I couldn’t even call up a blue jay! With the cool weather and approaching storm front I thought game would be moving; but we saw neither fur nor feather all day.

We’ve had frost a couple of mornings, and the trees are starting to show off their fall colors. I parked by some pretty maples to eat my lunch.

Fall maples

The dogwood are turning from their summer green to fall red.

Fall dogwood

I’ve heard the clang of cowbells passing my house the last couple of nights as cattle are making their way home after grazing in the mountains all summer. The bear are coming down to lower elevations too.

Bear track

The clouds have been building all afternoon, and it is starting to sprinkle this evening. The forecast says the rest of the weekend is going to be on the wet side. A good rain and some frosty mornings should make a difference on what goes on in the woods.

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Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say hello and glad that I found your blog through the Outdoor Blogger Network. I signed on as a follower and will be back often. Those are some beautiful fall pictures, indeed! Always enjoy wildlife pictures, too.

HermitJim said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures, my friend! I always enjoy shots like that!

Bob Mc said...

Hi Mel, and welcome aboard. Yours is one of the blogs I intend to read.

Hey Jim, you really opened up a hornet's nest with the post about the kitten. Those folks are ready for a lynching. LOL.

Le Loup said...

I love to see the changing colours of Autumn.

Bob Mc said...

Woke me up about 3:00 AM this morning, raining hard. Supposed to snow down to 5,000 feet.

EcoRover said...

Nice blog--found you via OBN.

Swamper Ann said...

Beautiful colors.