Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Furnace Run Metropark, Oak Trail

Today, I hiked the Oak Trail at Furnace Run.   It was also our first dusting of snow for the year.  The teasel trees along the interstate were little puffs of cotton.  I wish I could have gotten a photo of them.

Brushwood Pavillion


Furnace Run

Lots of firewood has been cut and stacked along the Oak Trail

Christmas Ferns

Moss in the snow

Memorial to Charles Brush: To all those who love as he loved, the far sky and smiling land.

And one shot of a red-berried tree at Seiberling Nature Realm, where I picked up my 2011 shield for my hiking stick, on completion of the Fall Hiking Spree Challenge.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, Mentor, Ohio

Fairport Harbor Light across the dunes on Lake Erie at Headlands Beach

Elaine shot this interesting angle on some driftwood

Driftwood on Headlands Beach, Lake Erie

Late fall at Headland Dunes, Lake Erie, Mentor, Ohio

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Glens Trail, Gorge Metropark, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Entrance to the Glens Trail

Multicolored sandstone ledges

Cuyahoga River, "Crooked River"


Sand below the ledges

Cuyahoga River

Cuyahoga River

Sand and pebbles

Rush hour traffic shadows
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Liberty Park, Twinsburg, Ohio, Along the Buttonbush Trail

Lichens and moss abound in Liberty Park, which has two buttonbush swamps.

Mossy log

Today's dense fog began to lift just as I arrived around 11am.

Ugh! The trails were very muddy, and I slipped and got muddy knees!

The boardwalks were even more slippery with a thin film of wet moss and assorted wet leaves on them.  You don't want to slip there, as the mud and standing water on either side were several inches deep!

The sun trying to burn through the lifting fog.

A blind of some sort, though how one enters it, I don't know!
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Arrowhead Orchard, Paris, OH

Stopped at Arrowhead Orchard on the way home today.  Got honeycrisp apples, homemade apple dumplings, and peanut brittle!  I love that place!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Hike at Silver Creek Metro Park

Fall foliage along Silver Creek

A very distinguished White Oak

A praying mantis along the trail, this one gold, compared to the green praying mantis we saw two weeks ago.

Garter Snake

A barn along the Chippewa trail

A lovely pond and favorite breeding place for dragonflies
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Hike at Goodyear Heights Metropark

Alder Pond

Carpet of leaves along the trail

Pumpkins along Route 43

Have you got your Halloween Pumpkin lined up yet?

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Firestone Metropark, Redwing Trail

The Redwing Trail is an easy hike along a 1.2 mile path

Cardinal on Bridge over the Tuscarawas River

Maple Leaf

Tulip Poplar Leaf

Chipmunk blends in well.

Great blue heron keeps an eye out for fish.

He also keeps a wary eye on me.

Hiker in red walks beside Little Turtle Pond.
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