Though yesterday was quite sunny the temperature hovered just below freezing and the wind was strong. We bundled up to look at seeds, trees, dry weeds, and birds.
Above, a wingstem seed pod looks just like a dried version of the flower’s central disk. Below, in the thicket we found juncoes, titmice and chickadees … and then changed our focus to identify the trees.
Dianne Machesney found this still-red scarlet oak leaf. I held it to take its picture.
The ground wasn’t frozen but the creek had glimmering white ice.
After the hike, some of the party drove up Pearce Mill Road to check on the beaver dams on the North Fork of Pine Creek.
The beavers were snug in their beds while we braved the cold.
(photo credits: wingstem, hikers and oak leaf photos by Kate St. John.
Creek ice and beaver dam photos by Dianne Machesney)