Down came the rain

Maple and oak leaves are seen in a Pinegrove Township pond during a rain shower.

Down came the rain … and along with it most of autumn’s early color. Most of the bright leaves from the early maples are now carpeting the ground. There are a few stubborn oaks still holding onto green leaves, along with some other species of trees. However, more blue sky (or gray in this week’s case) is visible within the woods. A few more flower blossoms in the garden are hanging on, along with some bumblebees. This week just might prove to be their undoing as Tuesday’s low is forecast to reach 29 degrees.

Since the region is past the date of its average first frost, the National Weather Service is no longer issuing frost advisories for the season. While the rain was much needed, it would have been nice to have a few more days to enjoy the colorful trees before the task of raking up the yard gets underway.

Meanwhile, Kyle and Kennedy continue to enjoy the acorns, leaves and twigs that autumn has to offer and Buford and Sherman continue their quest for chipmunks.


Leaves carpet the forest floor.



A few leaves remain on a maple tree branch.



The sun streams through some changing oak leaves.



Apples are seen on a tree near a Pinegrove Township pond.



Two bumblebees feed on a dahlia blossom.

Crazy Critters


Kyle tastes a twig.


(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford and Sherman, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at