The changing leaves are wonderfully vibrant this year. With their help in luring me out, I took a walk to capture whatever captured me.
A small hornet's nest on a Hawthorn tree
A bumblebee supping at the flowers of a Goldenrod
Beautiful fall colors along the hiking trail
Part of the reason I went out today was just to enjoy what I could find. But somewhere inside I had the hope of maybe catching a quick view of a snake slithering across the trail, or in the brush off to the side. As I walked, I heard several small animals up in the trees, or down in leaves and grass. Then I heard the sound I was looking for - a soft, constant, rustle of leaves. And there it was, a small Eastern Racer, slowly moving along the side of the trail.
I followed it, mostly by sound, hoping it would stop in a place where I could get a nice look without scaring it away. Well camouflaged, it did stop. And it took some time to locate it with my camera.
I did finally find it's cute little head. Every time I moved slightly, the little black tongue would pop out, tasting the air.
Continuing down the trail, there were more beautiful colors to enjoy.