Hawk of the Birch Tree
Legend has it that an Indian brave was running from a hawk when the birch tree opened its bark allowing the Indian to hide inside and these emblems remain on the birch tree as a reminder of its kindness.
Birch Detail in B&W
Detail of Birch bark with lichens.
Cold Autumn Rain
Late September raindrops cling to purple tinged vegetation.
Colors of Autumn
In Itasca State Park, Minnesota I came across this display of colors with a red pine tree in the background.
A small maple tree drew attention with its deep red colored leaves.
Virginia creeper clings to the trunk of a dead tree as it turns red in autumn color.
Carpet of Colors
In autumn one must not forget to look down as well. Wonderful colors are at your feet, vying for attention.
Typical Northwoods Autumn
A mix of coniferous and deciduous trees, some colorful leaves, many having already fallen. This is normal in the Northwoods of Minnesota around the first week of October.
Deep into the Northwoods the softwood Aspen and Birches compete with the Coniferous evergreens, mingling in competition.
Leaves of a Red maple tree flag to let us know winter is approaching.
Less than 25 yards from the Lake Superior shoreline the colors were breath-taking.
Past and Present
The shredded remains of one Aspen tree lies across the foreground while further back a recently fallen tree has yet to decompose.
Peeling Paper Birch
Paper Birch tree's bark is peeling in the wind.
Dusted by Snow
Fallen leaves received a dusting of snow.
A hard frost as settled onto oak leaves.
A paper birch tree is engraved with initials of young lovers.
Details of oak leaf losing green pigment to autumn colors.
Autumn and the golden Tamaracks are ablaze in color.
Rime Frosted Cottonwood
A Cottonwood tree covered in rime frost.
Changing of the Colors
A stand of three maple trees exhibit intense colors of autumn.
A detailed look at a snowflake.
Two box turtles were found mating.
Male Box Turtle Mating
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Mating Box Turtles
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A windy day combined with a slow shutter speed transforms the golden maple leaves into the appearance of a blazing tree
Wood Duck box with welcoming the migrant birds home.
Bald Eagle Flight
A Chipmunk stays alert for danger.