Sunday, October 26, 2008


Each Fall, Sandhill Cranes gather together to prepare for their long flight south. Baker Sanctuary outside of Battle Creek attracts thousands of the big birds. They'll stay in the area for several weeks before migrating to Florida and Georgia for the winter.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pretty poison

Poison ivy is common in southwest Michigan and touching it causes a nasty skin rash that can take weeks to heal. The red leaves in the picture are all poison ivy. Definitely "look but don't touch."

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Sumacs are consistently one of the earliest and most colorful trees of autumn. They don't form dense forests and never grow very tall, so they add bright accents to the landscape.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


It's apple harvest season in Michigan and a friend invited us to a cider making party. The process was pretty simple. We dropped the apples into the grinder and cranked the handle. The ground apples fell into a mesh bag inside the wooden tub of the press. After about 15 minutes of grinding, the tub was full of apple pulp. Then the press was screwed down squeezing all the juice out of the apples. And that's it.

Delicious fresh cider.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Over the last few days, more color is appearing in the woods. These silver maples near the Kalamazoo River were almost red while most of the trees were still green. The boardwalk is part of the Kalamazoo Nature Center's trail system.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Early color

While the trees are still green, this Virginia Creeper already shows some Fall color. We've had frost on the grass, too, but not a killing frost yet.