The title of this post refers to my gratitude that fall is here at last. Mosquitoes: gone. Tourists: mostly gone. Humidity: gone, and with it, months of sweaty, annoying bad hair days. The dog is perkier, too.
The stuff growing on the boulder in the above photo is rock tripe. The settlers used it to dye cloth purple. It is often found with lichen. There was plenty of it to admire on my hike today, this time in RI on the Vin Gormley trail.
It was a perfect early fall day. The swamp maples were at their best. So fiery.
The trail is rather long and varied. We always admire the escarpments, remnants of the glacier that receded about 12,000,000 years ago. I wonder if animals sleep in the small caves. They do look cozy.
I found this weird. I couldn’t tell if it was natural, or if someone had just stuck an interesting piece of wood onto a stick. Either way it was kind of creepy.
The winterberry is awesome this year.