Just a bit farther to the north the colors are peaking just in time for the Columbus' Day weekend visitors. I took a hike on the Mount Welch-Dickey Loop on Friday and the color were outstanding.
|The Tripyramids from the Mount Welch ledges|
So much for the predictions of poor color due to the lack of rainfall. New Hampshire trees, like the animals and people, are resilient!
Even though many of the trees around the lake are still green, bright yellow and red maples are plentiful - especially along the shore lines - and the geese are standing up to get a good look.
|Maple trees along the northeast shore of Lake Wicwas|
|Along Chemung Road near the boat ramp|
|And in Marion Cove|
On my paddle I saw a small group of geese come soaring over head - probably from Oakland Cemetery - on their approach to a water landing on the lake.
|Landing gear down|
The migratory birds have started making their way south, stopping in New Hampshire to rest for a day or two.
|Male Wood duck|
|Black ducks, or maybe juvenile mallards?|
It can be startling to be awoken half an hour before sunrise by the sound of shotguns taking aim at these handsome creatures, although Canada Geese are in season now, and we certainly can use a culling of the goose population.
On my way back from doing trail work in the Page Pond conservation area I saw this flock of gobblers in someone's yard.
|Turkeys near Page Pond|
Turkey season starts tomorrow (archery has been in progress since September 15).
Morning is usually the best time to see our wildlife; if you're willing to rise early, cool misty mornings provide some of the best opportunities to witness the beauty that autumn in New Hampshire has to offer.