Monitoring season is over. In it's place, Ruta and I take leisurely walks over the same paths.
It is interesting to see the woods and fields with bare trunks and dried seedpods and stiff grassy stalks. The topography is revealed at this time of year and reminds us of the conditions each species requires.
Hudson is a welcome companion. His maturity complements Ruta's need and my preference to slowly amble along, stopping periodically to poke at leafy rosettes and debate which flower will emerge next spring.
A gloomy rain prevents us from going out today, but at the end of last week's walk we came upon one of the few fall blooming trees - the lovely Witch hazel - cheering up the typically cloudy fall day.