Fall color on the Pilot Trail (heading east) – Hercules Glades Wilderness

Fall color on the Pilot Trail (heading east) – Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Hercules Glades Wilderness from the Pole Hollow Trail – Looking east

Hercules Glades Wilderness from the Pole Hollow Trail – Looking east. Two-minute read, +1

On the Devil’s Den East (Upper Pilot) Trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness

On the Devil’s Den East (Upper Pilot) Trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness – The Devil’s Den East (Upper Pilot) Trail joins the Pilot (Tower) and Rock Spring (Long Creek) Trails. Arriving at the Rock Spring Trail at what we’ve dubbed ‘Sheep Frog Pond.’

Fall Trail

Fall Trail – Heading west on the Pilot (Tower) Trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Decay

Decay. It’s been a wonderful fall this year.

The Fallen

The Fallen.

Fall 2020

Fall 2020. +3

Empty Parking Lot

Empty Parking Lot – The empty parking lot probably says more about the weather than I can.

Follow the trail

Follow the trail – Nearly finished, just one last climb up to the trailhead left. Hercules Glades Wilderness – Day Three. 2 pictures

When is a trail not a trail?

When is a trail not a trail? When I think I’m on the trail and I’m not. At least I realized my error before I was too far off course. Two-minute read

The gate at the end of the trail

The gate at the end of the trail – It’s exactly what I imagined, but still a bit of a letdown. No pot of gold or welcoming streamers. I can, at least, say I’ve hiked the entire length of the Pilot (Tower) Trail now. 2 pictures

Fall at the far end of the Pilot Trail

Fall at the far end of the Pilot Trail – On a whim, I changed my plans and decided to venture into uncharted territory and hike down to the end of the trail. One-minute read, 2 pictures

View to the east

View to the east – One thing I’ve learned is that little things that shouldn’t be in the wilderness are frequently signs that lead to interesting discoveries. One-minute read

Fall color on the Pilot Trail

Fall color on the Pilot Trail – It’s Friday, it’s two-thirty in the afternoon, and I’m giving myself a well-earned break out in nature. Two-minute read, 2 pictures

Fall In The Forest

Fall In The Forest – Hercules Glades. 3 pictures

Flying

Flying – I love how this leaf looks like it is spreading its wings and is about to fly.

Fall Sweet Potato Chip

In honor of the season, it’s a Fall Sweet Potato Chip.

Red Leaf

Today I was reminded of a lesson. The lesson is more than adequately summed up in the old adage: “Pride comes before a fall…”

Snow, Ice and Fall Leaves

Last night it dropped to 3°F (-16°C) and we had a light dusting of snow. Needless to say, I had no inclination to go out taking pictures this morning. This afternoon, once the temperature had crept up above 10°, I ventured out for a few quick shots.

Our Sweet Gum Tree Still Has It’s Leaves

Our Sweet Gum Tree Still Has It’s Leaves – Which is a nuisance, as it is pointless raking up the leaves in the yard until all the trees are done shedding. 2 pictures

A Carpet of Fall Leaves

A Carpet of Fall Leaves. I really like the full frame version of this image, but I love how this close-in crop brings out what I call a ‘painterly rendering’ from the camera. 2 pictures

Fall Has Arrived

I would much rather be outside kicking through the leaves than sitting at my desk. Fall has finally arrived at the tree outside my office window.

Blue and Yellow

The wonderful blues of our blue bottle tree against the bright fall yellow of the Sweet Gum tree in our front yard.

Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri

Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri – The Fall color has really come along the past couple of weeks. 3 pictures

Autumn color on the road to the South trail head at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Fall color on the track leading back to the road from the south trailhead at Busiek.