Morning in the woods

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”    – Henry David Thoreau


Nora and I took an hour long walk in the woods early this morning  The air still held a chill and the dew glistened on all surfaces.

Linaria vulgaris, also known as “Butter-and-eggs”



I was focused on the ground, taking photos of the wildflowers, when Nora noticed a pileated woodpecker high up in a dead tree.  Unfortunately he or she was playing hide-an-seek, but you can see the body on one side of the tree and the tip of the beak on the other, just to give you an idea of size.


I have no idea what type of bird this is, but I caught of glimpse of her sitting on a young maple
With overnights in the low 50s, we’re beginning to see some color changes in the leaves



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