October 21 - Busiek State Forest

As part of a "Day of Nature Photography" hosted by Art Daniels at the Nature Center, I traveled to Busiek today to take a few pictures. While the conditions weren't great, there were some nice macro opportunities, and the foliage was just fantastic in places.

The sky was cloudy when we arrived, but the sun poked through for a brief moment and lit this hill with just a little bit of light.

Berries from a Wahoo tree.

One of the numerous and really tiny mites in the area - I think it's a Red Velvet Mite. They're about the size of a grain of rice.

And a little more foliage from Springfield Lake on the way back home.

October 12 - James River Leaves

I went for a short drive down to the James River this evening - just an excuse to get out of the house, really. While the trees around this area are still a long way from being colorful, the underbrush is putting on a nice display. Their leaves, which are already falling, sometimes continue their journey on the graceful current of the James River. Here are a few that are resting for a spell before heading further downstream.