The October rains came and washed away September’s parched crust.
The lovely colors fell and faded into the memory of a season that passed all too fleetingly.
The Autumn colors were not especially bright this year and they did not seem to stay too long. I think the end of Summer was too dry. However, this past week we received quite a bit of rain and, while some of the leaves have fallen, there are still some spots of color to be found in lower lying areas. Every year the display is different. In years with the more spectacular presentations of color, the weather is usually mild for an extended period as the season changes from Summer to Autumn. There must also be a sufficient amount of rain over the course of Summer to allow the trees to unveil their best pageant of rich tone and hue. Finally, the winds can not be too strong and heavy rain in the midst of Autumn will often cause an undo number of trees to defoliate prematurely.
This is the time of year when hunters prepare for their hunt. They Air-out their hunting clothes, as in this next picture. Sharpening the knives for skinning and butchering the wild game is also an integral element of preparations as well..
The picture left shows a camouflage, Scent-Lock pull-over or Anorak. The material is not completely water-proof, but it is water resistant and will tend to shed light rain. Isn’t it remarkable that a synthetic fabric can be made to match the natural color of trees, leaves, earth, stone and wood? and it locks in the scent of the wearer. Pretty cool, right?
In Pennsylvania, State Game Lands are public lands reserved for hunting. These lands coexist well with local farms. The picture above is within walking distance to my home. The most popular game for hunting here are Deer, Wild Turkey, Pheasant, Coyote, Bear and other small game. Each must be hunted only during their approved and regulated season. I would prefer to hunt on private land with the owner’s permission, of course. From my experience the public lands are over hunted and there are far too many poorly disciplined hunters in the field. I am considering joining another local Rod and Gun Club for the purpose of hunting on their land. My current gun club membership is with a club with a very large membership and a very small parcel of land, though I may try my hand at Pheasant hunting there, because they stock live birds on the property.
If I were more motivated I would pick those chokecherries and make a delicious jelly for my Winter breakfast with toast….but alas, the days are fading quickly as the season rushes toward a frozen period. So little time to prepare everything for the onslaught of the cold rain and snow.
Soon the lake will be covered with a layer of ice, the trees will turn bare and the winds will grow harsh.