Fall

In case you needed some help getting excited for the fall season, this blog collection features leaf color change, falling leaves and acorns, and a surprising foraging opportunity.  

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Karl VonBerg Monday, 13 November 2017

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Last week I talked about a recent late fall hike where I found some surprising color amid the brown. On that hike there was another burst of color I spotted, and I wanted to share it with you.

Late Fall Flowers

Karl VonBerg Monday, 06 November 2017

Late Fall Flowers

Late fall may seem like a drab, brown season, but there are lots of interesting sights to find if you look closely.

A Good Kind of Litter

George Johnson Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Kind of Litter

You might look at a leaf-covered stream and think it looks dirty. But all that leaf litter is good for water quality, both for creatures in the water and those of us who depend on it to drink.

Quaking Aspen: The Supertree

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 17 July 2017

Quaking Aspen: The Supertree

Like any superhero, quaking aspen has a mild-mannered alter ego that makes people discount it. Yet behind its trembling exterior, the unassuming “popple” has amazing powers.

Larch: The Non-Evergreen Conifer

Karl VonBerg Monday, 24 October 2016

Larch: The Non-Evergreen Conifer

Trees with big leaves lose those leaves in the fall, and trees with needles keep them all year round. Right? Well…not exactly.

Acorn Bombs Away!

Tyler Van Fleet Tuesday, 03 November 2015

Acorn Bombs Away!

For weeks now, the pin oaks on my block in Queens have been bombarding passers-by with fertile missiles. Neighbors compete for the few parking spaces outside the strike zone, hoping to avoid a dented hood … or head.

Fall Colors Part 2: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Fall Colors Part 2: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

In my last post, I talked about why leaves change color in the fall. But as I wandered my local woods this October, another question came to me. Why do different trees turn different colors?

Fall Colors Part 1: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fall Colors Part 1: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Fall may just be my favorite season. I’m not a fan of what follows it, but for those precious few weeks in September and October, fall is an amazing time to be in the woods.

Woodland Edible: Black Cherries

Brendan Murphy Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Woodland Edible: Black Cherries

When summer turns to fall, keep an eye on the ground underneath your black cherry trees. Why? Because this time of year black cherries are ripe, delicious, and ready to eat.

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