Beautiful autumn colors and the smell of decaying leaves. Two things that always transport me back to my early years in the West Virginia hills. I hope the following photos will evoke pleasant memories for you as well.
Many mammals are feeding voraciously to put on weight for their winter hibernation. This condition, known as “hyperphagia”, leads some animals to get into trouble due to contact with humans and associating people with food sources. Many bears have been shot because of the temptation of unsecured trash cans. Here are photos of bears, wild turkeys, deer and ground hogs grazing on succulent plants and acorns.
Red fox, racoons, and blue herons are finding tidbits among the streams and fields.
And finally, some ornamanental grasses that caught my eye at the Lily Pons Water Gardens...