Somehow I managed to escape the house and take a few walks in the woods recently. One of the things that amazes me at this time of year is how many different leaf shapes there are. In one area of path, I spotted four shapes that were all different, and yet all oak-like. Here they are.
I’m not sure what kinds of trees these leaves came from, but I’m guessing (clockwise from top left) chestnut oak, scarlet oak, white oak, and northern red oak. I could be completely wrong (and I really wouldn’t be surprised), but I think I am at least right in calling them all oaks.
You know what else amazes me? The sky! Forgive my obsession with the November sky. I just can’t help it.
I love the sky when it’s bright blue with wispy cloud bits.
And I love it when the clouds are thick and stripy, like this.
But one evening my attention was pulled away from the sunset by a little woodpecker who was merrily tap-tap-tapping in a tree just behind me.
I wish I could have listened to him longer, but in November the night comes early. Once the sun sets behind that hill, the path home turns dark quickly. It would not do to stay out too late!