FALLING FOR AUTUMN....
I think we have peaked as far as foliage color is concerned up here in Maine. These Red Maples have been providing vivid color, but now many of its leaves are falling. Leaves, as well as Pine needles, are coating the trails.

Plants along the shoreline are also providing color, especially the Huckleberry and Rugosa Rose. These tiny plants (shown below) growing on the exposed rocks are among my favorites in all seasons. The leaves don't drop off, but change color, growing right in among the lichen, particularly on Joe's Head. In the spring, these plants send up a stalk supporting a lovely white blossom that blows in the breezes. It is definitely one to keep an eye on in all seasons. It is called Three Toothed Cinquefoil. Each leaf has 3 "teeth" on the end, though the flower ilself has 5 petals as suggested in its name, if you speak French, that is!

I made my way through the campground, seeing no one after leaving Head Beach. Mike and Roger were working on closing down the plumbing since we've had a hard frost. We chatted, and I took off for Osprey Point. It has been the norm in recent years, that a camper comes the last days of the camping season and chooses a site with a high overlook. He/she brings tools and uses driftwood and stray timber to construct some fascinating furniture including a table with a drawer! This year, his expertise resulted in making two benches that perch on a high outlook with a view of Sunset Lagoon, the Bathtub and the sea beyond. I will make more trips up to relax and enjoy the scene, thanks to his/her creativity!

 

I finally spotted my first porcupine this week. It was a small one, up in a low shrub, enjoying a feast. I took a picture from underneath, but the animal just looked like a black blur. It has been sort of a tradition to find these animals down in the apple orchard, sometimes eating the fruit of that tree. These animals are active in all seasons, so I will be on the lookout for better opportunities to film and share.

The winds have picked up since I found the inviting bench. I will save pictures of the shoreline showing that activity, plus the vivid foliage of Huckleberry. Can you wait?! 10/23/10 Ronnie, on the trails.........