a bench in forest in autumn

Nature Almanac for November 2019

forest path covered in fallen leaves
a forest path covered in fallen autumn leaves

These wonderful, beautiful fall days inspire me to go outside. I want to walk and crunch leaves beneath my feet. It is hard to walk quietly on the dry leaves.  Each step, each crunch, echoes throughout the forest.

a bench in forest in autumn
a bench in the forest in autumn

As I stopped to taken in the beauty of the forest, an empty bench was my only companion.

 

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An amphitheater in the forest

 

An amphitheater made of big boulders.  Perhaps, the site of a council of the animals, as they discuss the humans and how we lost our way. And how to help us find our way back home.

 

Nature Calendar

October 31 – November 1 – Halloween and All Soul’s Eve. The Harvest Season Ends
November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends
November  4 – First Quarter Moon
November 12 – Full Beaver Moon, Full Frost Moon
November 19 – Last Quarter Moon
November 26 – New Moon

 

What to Observe Right Now

Birds – Winter residents begin arriving, last of raptors migrate
Flowers – The last of the goldenrods and asters bloom, dried flower stalks, and seed heads
Insects – The last of the bees, wasps, gnats, flies, and milkweed bugs
Animals – chipmunks are still active here in Philly

  • Black Bears are heading to their winter dens and entering torpor
  • Lobsters move to offshore waters
  • Best fishing 1st through 12th, 26th through 30th
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Large Milkweed bugs on a Penstemon plant in my flower garden.

In the Night Sky

  • New Moon always rises near sunrise
  • First Quarter rises near noon
  • Full Moon always rises near sunset
  • Last Quarter rises near midnight
  • Moonrise occurs about 50 minutes later each day
  • Watching the circumpolar stars

 

What to Photograph and Draw Right Now

  • fall berries
  • acorns
  • frost on grass and leaves
  • mist rising from ponds, lakes, and rivers

 

Taking Autumn Photographs

  • taking photographs on overcast days heightens the colors
  • take photographs while standing in the shade, use cloudy white balance setting
  • use the foliage setting on your point-and-shoot camera
  • use the landscape mode to take landscape scenes

 

Citizen Science

What are your favorite Fall activities?

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