The second half of November brought us the transitions that we look for at this time.
By the time that we get to early December, the autumn migration is mostly one of memory.RELATED CONTENT
Anything that is not the gray color of tree trunks or the brown shade of the leaves of the forest floor is sure to show up in the woods at this time.
Walking in the drab and leafless woods of AutWin gives us views of many things that we might overlook during the green times earlier. Conifers show their green needles easily in this scene, but so do other green plants appear.RELATED CONTENT
Early November is an ideal time to see the woods of AutWin, the interlude between the time when the leaves have fallen from the trees and before the forest floor is covered with snow.RELATED CONTENT
As October was making its exit, it did with many features that are part of these days.
A common expression that we heard much of this year was how late the season was. We saw this repeatedly as the winter was reluctant to exit and the April snow showers lingered into May.RELATED CONTENT
The landscape of mid-October is an amazing scene in the Northland. Leaf colors have been a bit later than normal and the foliage show of September has lingered well into October.RELATED CONTENT
Early October is an amazing time in the Northland. Most of us are struck by the scene of leaf color noted every day. For the passerby, it is hard to not see this arboreal magic.RELATED CONTENT
September, in similar fashion to the previous three months, was also warmer than normal. We did experience a cooling trend and after days in the 80s during the first week, we never saw that reading again.RELATED CONTENT
The rains of May and June that got our warm season off to a start brought a wet one as well. Both months saw far more than usual precipitation, and were also above normal in temperature. July has continued with the heat, if not so much with the moisture. But still we are seeing the effects of a warm, wet early summer.RELATED CONTENT
Mid-July is best known for its summer heat. These are the hot days that send us to air-conditioned protection, one of the few times when we speak more of heat in the Northland than of the chill. But mid-July is also a time of many more nature happenings.RELATED CONTENT
The morning is cool, about 50 degrees, when I step out from the house. This is the coolest time of day and patches of fog cling to some of the wetland sites. Songs of the early morning avian chorus greet me as I walk through the yard.RELATED CONTENT
The ground is frozen, and after several nights of temperatures lower than 20 degrees, the ice has formed on the nearby lake and swamps. And with the new snowfall that fell yesterday, these are great conditions for a walk. The snow cover is about only one inch, and substantial snowfalls are yet to come. This makes walking on the trails, in the woods and over the ice easy.RELATED CONTENT
As we exit November, we leave a time of change. The forest trees stand ready for the coming cold. The frozen ground and ice-covered wetlands are receptive for weather’s next move – a blanket of snow.RELATED CONTENT
With the cold and snow of late November, we get to witness the onset of the chilly season in the Northland. Each year we observe this seasonal change during the second half of this cooling month. Starting with the small ponds and then the shallow swamps, the wetlands wear a coat of ice. Lakes, being larger and deeper, postponed the freeze until recently. Subsequently, the ground freezes too and with this cold substrate, snowfall is able to stay and maybe even accumulate. Many years, the snow that falls at this time will remain and mark the beginning of our continuous snowpack, lasting until April, frequently for more than 120 days. The landscape has taken on a new view, one that we’ll get used to and live with in the coming months.RELATED CONTENT
The migration of birds has been going on for the last three months in the Northland. As the daylight of late summer days begins to lessen, the earliest ones, mostly swallows and shorebirds, started working their way towards the south. This was followed by an abundance of songbirds as we entered September. The flights of warblers, vireos and nighthawks were passing by.RELATED CONTENT
During the first half of November, we can easily see many of the wild critters around us preparing for the coming cold. We might see much of this happening right in our yards or near our homes.RELATED CONTENT
Flora of September are diverse, but three groups stand out as most dominant: sunflowers, goldenrods and asters.RELATED CONTENT