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October in Ohio.

October 22, 2011

October is autumn in its glory.  September’s warmth is fading fast, and those long sunny days of summer are a memory now, chased away by colder breezes and stormfronts.  The first frost of the season happened this morning.  Change is the big theme of the month.

Autumn migrants are still heading south.  You’ll typically see more sparrows than warblers.

Be on the lookout for a particular caterpillar this month.  They can be locally plentiful on the roads.  I was riding in a friend’s car recently, and he was swerving to miss them as we drove the backroads.

Wildflowers have peaked, and are starting to decline as winter draws closer.  Not much besides Asters and a few hardy Goldenrod are hanging on for now- things are turning shades of tan and brown as the month progresses.

Leaves are at their most colorful as trees stop producing food from sunlight and start to go dormant, living off of summer’s accumulated nutrients.  More on that next week.  The woods are big evidence of change this season.

This month takes us decisively out of summer’s influence.  Nature’s colors herald big changes to come.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2011 11:09 pm

    A great set of fall photographs.

  2. October 22, 2011 11:41 pm

    Lovely fall shots!

  3. October 23, 2011 12:32 am

    Very nice series! It’s very enjoyable seeing some fall scenes in Ohio! Gorgeous colors!

  4. October 23, 2011 12:50 am

    Great to see how your seasons are faring WS. On the other side of the world in Australia, we’ve just had our first day over 30 degrees Celsius (that’s 86 fahrenheit), so summer is on it’s way!

    • October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

      Many thanks, Ian! Interesting that January for example means something totally different to Ohioans and Australians!

  5. October 23, 2011 6:18 am

    How beautiful change can be…thanks for such a beautiful Post!

  6. October 23, 2011 6:45 am

    Hi. I like the acorns… and the squirrel. The acorns suggest the word ‘broken’. What is the fruit in the third last photo? Kiwi??? Jane

    • October 23, 2011 1:46 pm

      Thanks Jane! The fruit just above the acorn image are black walnuts- some are still on the trees here. Walnut tree leaves develop their bright yellow color early in the autumn in Ohio, though the leaves fall off early as well.

  7. October 23, 2011 9:30 am

    Beautiful photos Tracey. Always enjoy your narrative. Our fall in Michigan has been kind of odd. Some trees have turned gloriously, but most have not. Still green. Not sure we will even lose most of the leaves by winter. Hmmm. Margie

    • October 23, 2011 1:49 pm

      Thanks Margie! I see the same thing here in Ohio, with some patches of woods being colorful, while a good amount of trees are still green- at the same time a portion of the trees are bare. It seems to be an uneven autumn leaf show here as well.

  8. John Northcutt Young permalink
    October 23, 2011 10:18 am

    Good to see some fall colors. Miss them in Florida.

    • October 23, 2011 2:26 pm

      Thanks John- I’d miss the visual changing of the seasons, too. I bet you don’t miss near zero winter temperatures, though!

  9. October 23, 2011 1:42 pm

    I just loved this blog… especially the flowers along the wire fence, the trees along the water, the squirrel in the leaves and the acorns… oh heck, the whole blog!! LOL I did notice that your Wooly Bear has a lot more brown than ours do. I’ve seen some Woolies that had very little brown, according to lore, indicating a hard, long, cold winter is in store for us. Thanks for sharing October in Ohio… oh… on the first photo… there appears to be a flare on the right side of the picture above the picnic table, looks like a white ‘x’ on the picture… was that a flare or a bird in flight? I can’t quite tell what it is……….. 🙂

    • October 23, 2011 1:51 pm

      Many thanks, Robin! You’re right, that’s a lens flare…I have a weakness for putting the sun in my photos and that happens more than it should. I liked the shot so much that I posted it anyway 🙂 Let’s hope it won’t be too hard a winter though!

  10. October 23, 2011 10:35 pm

    Your photos and info are fabulous as always, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Looks like your Pyrrharctia isabella larvae is predicting a mild winter. I was just reading about the color of the Pi larvae (wooly booger) legend and it’s not really based on the winter like the lore says. Although I personally believe there’s some truth to the old wives tales. Check it out on wiki:

    • October 24, 2011 6:20 pm

      Thanks, EC- not only are they neat-looking, but who can resist a name such as Woolly Bears?

  11. October 26, 2011 9:42 am

    I love the long shadows in the first picture. That’s a healthy looking woolly bear – we don’t see too many of them in these parts any more. Great shots of the (red?) squirrel and its acorn collection! Delicious autumn – we haven’t had our first frost along the shoreline yet…

    • October 27, 2011 9:44 am

      Thanks Barbara! We’ve had frost 2 or 3 times so far, but it’s been pretty light, not a killing frost yet. I’m sure that won’t take terribly long though…

  12. October 27, 2011 8:43 am

    I can remember in Minnesota…that some falls the “Wooly Bears” were so thick on the country roads that you couldn’t miss them…it wasn’t like the “momma” duck and her ducklings going across the road…that you can miss…but these “Bears” were in the thousands…but knew when I saw them, fall was certainly here…and it was always on a (relatively) warm day…sunny and beautiful…and I “had” to run over all these Wooly Bears…

    As a young kid I always thought these would turn into Monarch butterflies…I suppose because of the color…but alas and alax…I learned different…great post W.S….loved the pictures…as always…

    • October 27, 2011 9:46 am

      Wow Jim, that’s a lot of caterpillars! It’s sort of funny that they look better to our eye before they turn into moths, isn’t it?

      Thanks a bunch for commenting 🙂

  13. October 27, 2011 2:43 pm

    Beautiful representations of autumn in Ohio. 🙂

    I missed the first frost (being in PA at the time). I’m sure there will be more to come, but the first is always kind of exciting.

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