At last



Summer is everyone’s favorite season – almost everyone’s. I prefer Fall. Here on the southern RI coast, the summer crowds are gone, the air is clean, you can hike without mosquitoes and deer flies harassing you, and you’re not in a sweat all the time.

On the salt marsh, the egrets are “staging” or flocking together before they leave for the winter. There were a few great blue herons in this group, too.



We saw this massive hen of the woods mushroom on a recent hike. It was at least a foot across. Fungi love Fall, too.

IMG_2405The poke weed is ripening and birds everywhere are cheering. They can’t get enough of those juicy purple fruits.


This pond, called “Yawgoog” pond, shows how dry it is around here these days. The water level is way down, as you can see. Founded in 1916, the Yawgoog Boy Scout reservation, in Rockville, RI, is the fourth oldest continuously operating camp in the United States. The 1,800-acre property is stunning. It was the location of the movie “Moonrise Kingdom.”


And those wild asters… more thing to love about the season.




About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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16 Responses to At last

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m with you, DN! My favorite month here is October, and one of the best things is the ability to walk the beach in peace. The only things to be heard are the waves and the seagulls. Wonderful!


    • dirtynailz says:

      And the sound of construction in our neighborhood with out-of-staters either building new houses or adding to existing ones. YUCK!!!!


  2. Diana Studer says:

    saphire blue sky! And yes, love the off-season when the tourists are elsewhere.


  3. CJ Wright says:

    Autumn is my favorite, too. The colors and the crisp days can’t be beat. The photos are fantastic, as always, dn.


  4. I love this time of year as long as it’s not cold and constantly raining. When the weather is nice, it is a spectacular season. I am so looking forward to all the autumn shades, which have begun in the northern areas not too far from here. I hope it’s a wonderful fall where you are.


  5. Lee May says:

    Summer, favorite season? No way. I’ll take fall, spring or winter. Anything but summer. As for pokeweed, send those Northern birds down here, My poke berries are waiting.


    • dirtynailz says:

      So nice to hear from you Lee. I do miss your blog, but I understand the pressure. Please drop me a line once in a while.
      As I write this, a huge flock of Canada geese is flying over our house, headed for the salt marsh. Love those natural rhythms of the seasons.


  6. Kathy says:

    Speaking of rhythms of the season, I noticed my turkey flock is heading back to the area surrounding my herb garden. It’s so nice to see and hear them again!


  7. Jen says:

    Beautiful photos! Just a little aside – your mushroom is a chicken of the woods, not a hen of the woods. The similar names are confusing, but they’re two different mushrooms. Both delicious edibles when young! (this one’s a bit past its prime…)


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