Sunday, November 13, 2022

Autumn Is Falling

 Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the green leaves on trees and shrubs 
by which they take on shades of yellow, orange, red, purple and brown.
The phenomenon is commonly called fall foliage, fall colors or simply foliage.
We refer to the season as fall because the leaves fall from the trees.
I missed much of the "colors" this year, catching the tale end of it during a nature walk in 
Allaire State Park
New Jersey is gorgeous during autumn!

This tree is at the entrance to the walking paths.
I used my zinger and we were able to explore many of the paths!

These grass paths are so pretty, they are the "paths less traveled"!

The train was running...

it was filled with passengers enjoying the fall day!

We played with leaves, they were so big and still colorful!!

The hubs spotted these next 3 tiny creatures...

This caterpillar has an interesting story behind it, 
that it can predict the coming winter weather.
Some say it is a worm, but it is definitely a on the link if you are interested.

Praying Mantis

I looked up this snake but had a difficult time identifying it.
Any thoughts - maybe a "black rat snake"!

Fancy Fungi - maybe a Fly Agaric Mushroom

This looked like a prehistoric flying dinosaurs head...

- autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower -


Breathtaking said...

Hello Debbie :=)
Fantastic nature photos. That first tree is gorgeous, and all the small creatures your hubby spotted are fascinating. I'm sorry I can't help with the ID of the pretty patterned snake, I'm glad you didn't step on it! Love that toadstool too. Those leaves are gigantic, cute pictures, and lovely Fall post.

Jim and Barb's RV Adventure said...

Ah, how we miss those fall colors. When we lived in Wisconsin we had oaks, maple, poplar, elm... providing lots of color. Out here in South Dakota we only have pines. Pretty and green in the winter but no fall colors.
Great photos!

Lowcarb team member said...

I always enjoy the Autumn season; your photographs are lovely.

All the best Jan

Rian said...

Love these pics, Deb. Will ask my son about the snake.

Marie Smith said...

Great photos. I especially love the trail shots which draw you in…gorgeous!

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Your pics are really magnificent. Such a beautiful area you walked in. The praying mantis is a find- don't see them too often. I do miss the fall in New Jersey/ Pa area with the glorious colors of the trees. I'm in Miami and enjoying the beach and 85 degree sunny weather.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

had to come back. I had a snake just like that in my yard in Bucks County this summer. Never did find out what it was.

BeachGypsy said...

BEAUTIFUL fall pictures Debbie! Wow those paths look SO INVITING!! that is one HUGE leaf there!

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eileeninmd said...

Hello Debbie,
Your snake looks like the Garden Snake! Great captures. I love the photos of you and your hubby playing with the leaves. The fall colors are lovely, the first tree photo is a favorite. The train photos are cool. Great outing.
Take care, have a great week ahead!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the train and evergreens! The leaves were awesome this fall while they lasted.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow such a gorgeous park, looks like you were able to find all kinds of critters and insects about. I totally love that pic of the mushroom and the fallen trees, so cool. We had 6 inches of snow on Saturday morning, we woke up to it and it was a surprise even to our weathermen. Possibly getting another inch tonight, winter has made its way here.

Sally said...

So many beautiful colors there, Debbie. And, as always, your photography is out of this world! We don't get a lot of changes in color in our trees. But, of course when it's 60 degrees I'm freezing and all huddled down reading. :)


DeniseinVA said...

These are great photos and thank you for the link to the woolly bear. I didn’t know how the story of it predicting the length of winter originated.