This afternoon, I walked the Trans-Canada Trail between the Wallis Drive access point and Lily Lake. Many of the trees and shrubs have already shed their leaves, probably as a result of the heavy rains of late.
flowers in bloom: small numbers of Evening Primrose, Yarrow, Red Clover, Black-eyed Susans (planted) and white asters (species uncertain)
yellow leaves: Trembling Aspen, Manitoba Maple, Choke Cherry, Northern Bush-honeysuckle
orange leaves: Sugar Maple (most have already fallen)
green leaves: European Buckthorn, Tartarian Honeysuckle
brown leaves: dead needles at base of twigs on Eastern White Cedars
wine-coloured leaves : Red-osier Dogwood, High-bush Cranberry, Raspberry, Red Oak (small, planted tree)
berries in evidence: High-bush Cranberry, European Buckthorn, Wild Grape
seed in evidence: milkweed, New England Aster, goldenrods, Virgin Bower
sounds: a few ground-crickets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees, a Song Sparrow, a few Common Grackles, a Blue Jay. The kinglets and chickadees responded immediately to my pishing and came in for close views.
smells: fallen leaves