AUTUMN BY MY HOUSE

AND A WALK IN THE FELIX FOREST WITH JOEY

 

MID-OCTOBER 2008

 

JUST SOME MORE PICTURES I TOOK NEAR WHERE WE LIVE IN

THE AUTUMN OF 2008

 

 

Taken out my living room window looking north on Oct. 19, 2008

 

 

Taken out my kitchen window looking south on the 19th

 

 

Taken off my front step on Oct. 19th

 

 

Also on the 19th

 

 

I took a couple here to show how you can see the sky behind the forest. That's because the forest is atop a ridge

and the back side of it slopes sharply away into a big valley.

 

 

 

 

On the south side of Italy Rd. on my way into Murrysville Oct. 17th. Taken out the driver's side window as I briefly

pulled over.

 

 

At the end of Wellington (my street) is a flat, grassy field and if you walk to the edge of that, this is what you see.

The Felix Forest continues on around the curve on the left.

 

 

A close-up of that point of woods in the picture above this one.

 

 

Heading east on Sarvis past the old barn below.

 

 

Off Hilty Rd. Oct. 17th

 

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This next section  I took Friday evening the 17th just after I'd picked Joey up and brought him home with me.

We decided to go up into the Felix Forest across from my house. All pix between **** are from that walk. This

is actually where we entered the woods to make our way up to the top of the ridge.

 

 

 

This is the view directly over the top of our house (you can see our roof at bottom of picture). I took this from

the edge of the Felix Forest.

 

 

Well, there's no path up there and we made our way through this.

 

 

I have really, really been enjoying the sassafras this autumn. It makes the undergrowth of much of the

Felix Forest.

 

 

And we made our way, gulp, through here.

 

 

 

 

 

And here...

 

 

Looking south through sassafras from the edge of the Felix Forest.

 

 

 

 

And we walked through here, too.

 

 

 

Zooming in on Joey part-way down the slope I did not go down.

 

 

 

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Starting up Sarvis Rd. from Hilty. This is the way we go home.

 

 

 

Old barn on Sarvis Rd. just around the corner from us.

 

 

 

View looking south off Sarvis Rd. just before you get to the old barn.

 

 

 

 

These next several (including above one) I took early Sat. morning, the 18th, as I got back to the end of

our street after taking Joey home. I parked at the far end of Wellington (is only a block long) to get some

shots of the Felix Forest from the other direction than I usually take. The white trunk is actually a dead

tulip poplar and not a utility pole. All the wires are buried underground up here.

 

 

 

 

Looking east from the far end of the forest where it drops off into a valley.

 

 

 

 

 

These now are back down from in front of my house.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I was just bringing in groceries from the car and noticed the Felix Forest was literally filled with chirpings of thousands of birds

as this is full-blown migratory time. Anyway, all the sudden they decided it was time to move on and just poured out of the forest

like Hitchcock had summoned them. They were small birds, no bigger than a cardinal, and solid black like tiny crows. Later I

found out they were dark-eyed juncos, also known as 'snowbirds'.  I stood there for 10 minutes just watching them as they flew

in a stream about 20 feet wide, almost perfectly straight past me toward the woods at the dead end of my street and onward.
They just kept coming and coming and coming, thousands and thousands of them, with the gorgeous yellow poplars as their

backdrop. I don't have a video camera any more, but, man, would it have been a neat thing to film! I got my camera and tried

several shots, but just couldn't seem to capture at all what I wanted. Anyway, here is a suggestion of them above.

 

 

 

I took this through the windshield on Kemerer Hollow Rd. on our way home from Duff Park on the 18th.

 

 

Carl stopped the car on Sarvis Rd. so I could take the pictures above and below out my side window  just

before we turned left up into our development.

 

 

 

The colors here on the 18th are starting to fade. You can see the difference in the same shot

5 pictures up.

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BACK TO DOES A LEAF HAVE A TALE? PART ONE

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