Week of 11-17 October
• Another heavy rain this week began the “wet-dry, fill-empty” in “My Section” of Mill Brook in the headwaters where it is intermittent. When I checked on Saturday morning, I could hear the Brook happily gurgling before I could see the flowing water. That has not happened for a while. The Swimming Hole was flowing all the way across the channel, not just at the corners; at the Divide, the water was high enough that water was flowing into Lower Branch and Small Falls was active (its been DRY since May 24); the flows in the Lower and Upper Branch met at the Merge and continued down thru the bends and straightaways of the main channel of the rest of “My Section” and flowed on down the channel, under the Snowmobile Bridge, and continued south.
• The heavy rain and winds also continued the leaves falling so there are even more colored leaves blowing around. The hillsides are a mix of oranges and yellows sprinkled with some splashes of various hues of red interspersed with bare trees.
• The flowers of the fall asters are about finished providing for the local bees; finally, now I can get my flowers beds ready for winter.
• Lady-bug beetles have appeared on my house windows – not a lot, but enough to be noticeable.
• I continue to await the arrival of slate-colored juncos to appear waiting for the bird seed to appear on my walk.
• I heard my local TV weatherman use the “snow” word – “in higher elevations, there was a chance of light snow”. Oh My!