The Naked Forest

Late autumn: our leaves have just about fallen. There is a bit of gold left, but most are underfoot, growing soft and tattered as old newsprint. This is the time the forest reveals its secrets—treasures that were hidden beneath a canopy of foliage. Nests and puffballs, berries and birds.  

And sticks. So many sticks, it is hard for a dog to choose.

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A robin basks in late autumn sun.

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Wild grapes, shriveled but sweet.

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Abandoned paper wasp nest. A new one will be built in the spring.

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Oak that snapped in a storm; note 6-foot splinter imbedded in the ground.

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The hard working stick-gatherer.

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