Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Color on the mountain

I took today’s photo on Sunday morning. This spot is about 100 yards behind the cabin. I can’t see this view from the cabin as the leaves are still hiding it. Nell’s Hill is the closest hill. The further hills are the next range across the valley. Just two days later the colors are already fading. The next half-decent rain or bit of wind will bring them all down.

Waterfowl migration is ongoing right now. I saw three buffleheads on the new pond the other day, an uncommon species here on the mountain. It’s only since the new pond went in that I’ve gotten to see a few species of waterfowl on the mountain, other than a few lost souls once or twice a year. The new pond has been great for my "yard" list of birds spotted on the mountain. I pretty much reached the limit of seeing the woodland species that show up here years ago. Several years passed without seeing any new species until the new pond was built. So now, my local list of birds seen on the mountain is inching up again, and if it’s moving at a glacial pace, at least it’s no longer static.

6 comments:

Lynne said...

What a gorgeous view. I forgot to thank you for the link to the rator id download. I've gone through it twice and added a few notes to the raptor id sheets that you linked to before. Today I'll laminate the sheets and tuck it in my field guide.

Carolyn H said...

Lynne: Thanks! I'm glad the raptor ID program is proving useful. It was a fun project to work on.

Carolyn H.

kat said...

The view is spectacular and inspirational. Love all the colors. I can smell the crisp, fall air from here. :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, I've said this before---but I sure am jealous of you getting to live in a cabin!!! The colors are gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful picture! Sometimes the colors go by too fast.

Carolyn H said...

Kat, Betsy and Cathy: Photography is great because it helps to keep the memories of these brilliant colors sharp. Unfortunately, the colors themselves don't last very long. The photographs will.

Thanks!
Carolyn H.