And then last week the beechnuts started dropping from the trees.
If you have a large Beech tree nearby, keep an eye out for signs of bear activity - beechnuts are one of their favorite foods. You may see scat in the area, or possibly claw marks where they climbed the tree. There have been more bear sightings lately, so they are in the area.
The most interesting activity for me is the collection of pine cones from the white pines. The squirrels chew the new cones - which still contain their seeds - off the branches and let them fall to the ground so they can store them for winter. On a quiet morning in a pine forest one can hear the heavy cones sounding like a pinball machine as they bounce off multiple braches on their way down from of the top of the tree, landing with final crash on the forest floor.
Various mushroom and fungi are becoming numerous all around the lake. This yellow fungus is one that stands our brightly against the mostly drab surroundings of dry leaves and pine needles.
If you've hiked the Blue Trail around the beaver ponds in the Hamlin area you've probably noticed a large muddy area that has developed in the trail as the water patterns changed in the past few years. Well, recently the trail maintenance crew has added some large logs to form steps over the area - a welcome addition, especially in the spring. But be careful - they'll be slippery!
Next week: Labor Day weekend. Where has the summer gone?