18 October 2016

More Leaf Peeping

We had 0.20 inches of rain overnight and overcast skies this morning which caused the colors of the leaves to stand out. A view of our barn in the background.

The trees around our pond.

The maple trees in the valley below our cabin.

16 October 2016

Leaf Peeping Time

Leaf peeping is a term for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage change colors in autumn. I don't have to travel far to photograph the fall foliage. Miner's Pond, at the top of the hill, is always good for a photo.

The view from our cabin property looking toward our barn.

Another view from our cabin property. Some of the ash trees have already lost their leaves.

10 October 2016


The start of the fall turkey season is only a few weeks away and I saw these birds just outside of our barn.

It was a nice day for a walk as the turkeys headed for the corn field behind my barn.

07 October 2016

Fall Mushrooms

This is the time of year that I like to take a walk through the woods and photograph the colorful leaves and mushrooms, but the continuing dry weather hasn't produced many mushrooms and the leaves have been slow to change color.

I did find a few colorful mushrooms.

While a lot of the brightly colored mushrooms aren't safe for humans to eat, many insects and birds find these mushrooms tasty.

This large, flat mushroom reminded me of a pancake.

Some mushrooms lacked the bright color but made up for it with their size and texture.

Some mushrooms tried to impress with their large numbers.

This puffball was found growing in the driveway at our barn.

03 October 2016

A weekend with Reed & Family

We spent the past weekend with Matt, Lexi and our new grandson Evan Reed Beebe. Reed, as he will be known as, signals "We're #1" with his left hand. Not sure if its a reference to his parents or Penn State.

Of course Reed had his own reaction to the grandparents.

The one thing you notice is Reed's big, deep blue eyes, when they are open.

All right Dad, lets have a staring contest. First one to blink loses ...

Your eyelids are starting to droop Dad ...

This is only half a blink.

Reed's a growing boy and needs his rest.

Some quality time with mom ...

Mom, when is lunch?

Some quality time with Grandma ...

and with Grandpa.

Its not that Reed is demanding, but we all know who the boss is in this house.

01 October 2016

Wildflower - Blue Wood Aster

With the cooler days of autumn the Blue Wood Asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) are forming a carpet of small blue flowers along the shaded edges of our fields.

The flowers bloom with a yellow center that turns reddish as the flower matures.

30 September 2016


For most of this summer there were very few turkeys in the neighborhood but a large flock of turkeys has returned for the fall (and hopefully turkey season).

Earlier in the day the turkeys were on parade on the road to our cabin.

28 September 2016

Turkey Vulture

I was driving down Joyce Road and noticed a Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) on top of a utility pole in a spread-winged stance known as a "Horaltic Pose". It is believed that vultures use the "Horaltic Pose" to dry their wings to reduce weight and create more lift.

A closer look shows this is a juvenile Turkey Vulture with a dark head and bill, whereas adult Turkey Vultures have reddish heads and white bills.

27 September 2016

Wildflower - Venice Mallow

I was walking around a corn field on our property when I found a wildflower I hadn't seen before. I did a little research on the Internet and soon found information on this wildflower. The wildflower is Venice Mallow (Hibiscus trionum), also known as Flower-of-an-hour and Rosemallow.

Venice Mallow is a summer annual weed that originated from Europe as an ornamental plant. It has a nick name “flower of-an-hour” due to the fact that the flowers will only last for a few hours before they fall off. The major concern with this plant is the fact that it can lay dormant for up to 50 years.

Venice Mallow is listed as invasive weed and is being tracked by http://www.invasiveplantatlas.org. This site has an interactive map that gives county by county reporting of invasive plants and animals. Venice Mallow has only been reported twice in Bradford county.

26 September 2016

Harvest Time

The weather is getting cooler and its time to harvest some of the vegetables I planted last spring. I planted 7 or 8 butternut squash plants last spring and used the front end loader to haul the crop from the garden. There were about 50 squash in the loader bucket.

In the past I would get my sweet potato plants from a local garden supply store but last spring I tried propagating my our sweet potato from some of the prior year's sweet potatoes. It looks like my sweet potatoes plants did Okay.

Some of the larger potatoes.

23 September 2016

Wildflower - Hedge Bindweed

Walking along the road on our cabin property it is easy to find the invasive wild morning glory know as Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium). This native annoying flowering vine grows quickly up to 10' long and often climbs over other plants, shrubs, and fences.

The large trumpet-shaped flowers are produced from late spring to the end of summer. The flowers are pale pink with five darker stripes, or white.

21 September 2016

Apple Blossom Time ???

I was driving around our cabin property today, checking on the wildlife food plots, when I noticed something strange with one of the apple trees, it had blossoms on it. This year's weather was hard on the apple crop and most apples didn't survive the spring frost. The apples that survived were then hit with weeks of hat dry weather which cause many apples to drop from the trees. I'm not sure what triggered these blossoms.

The one and only apple on this tree is small due to the dry weather.

Apple blossom at the top of the photo and the only apple at the bottom.