|Loons are starting to molt|
By the time they head out to the Atlantic Ocean for the winter they will be drab gray all over - no need to impress the opposite sex if it's not mating season!
I saw our resident pair out in the very middle of the lake grooming themselves; it was a calm day and the lake was speckled with small feathers drifting gracefully along.
There were a few other animals out on the lake enjoying the calm, warm summer day, including Canada Geese and this Painted Turtle relaxing on a rock in a sunny spot.
|Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)|
Did you notice its shy friend poking its nose up from behind the rock?
The flora is much more flamboyant in displaying their autumnal changes than the animals - no need for them to be discreet. Winterberry has matured into its bright red color which really stands out and will last well into winter - unless the birds eat them all first.
|Winterberry (Ilex Verticillata)|
The fruit on the Mapleleaf Viburnum is not so bright, but just as distinctive.
|Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)|
This fruit, like the winterberry, is not considered edible, but is a food source for many birds as well as mammals.
The foliage around the Lakes Region is still in the early stages of their change as seen from this view from the White Mountain Ledge in the Hamlin Conservation Area.
|Even to the north there is little color in the trees|
But many of the loners are already rebelling against summer, proclaiming their autumnal independence from the laws of photosynthesis.
|A lone maple makes a rebellious statement in the Chemung Forest with Ladd Mountain watching from afar|