Monday, November 21, 2011

The Last Leaves of Autumn at Oosoola Park

1. BAEA-kab Bald Eagle in tree along the Kennebec River in Norridgewock, ME
On November 5th Gus and I drove to Norridgewock and while he visited with his parents, I went out birding at various locations. One of my favorite spots to bird is at Oosoola Park at the junction of routes 2 and 139. There is ample parking along the bank with a public boat launch and a playground for kids.
2. Norridgwock bridge-kab You can see the new Norridgewock bridge from this location.

3. Kennebec backwater-kab In this quiet backwater I often find ducks or a kingfisher.

4. Info sign-kab I discovered this plaque along the riverbank. I had not noticed it before.

5. park penisula-kab Usually I just stay near the boat launch, but this time I walked past the playground and discovered the park is really on a bit of a peninsula. While there were not a lot of birds, I did see a few species (see list below).

6. Oosoola Park-kab Leaves littered the ground and drifted from trees, paper gold backlit by sun.

7. golden leaves-kab Birches or alders?

8. autumn gold-kab
9. autumn gold-kab
11. autumn gold-kab
12. red oaks-kab Oak leaves-red

13. golden oaks-kab Oak leaves-gold

14. sumac-kab Sumac Seed Cones

15. leaves in water-kab Ripples

16. path-kab I followed this path almost to the end.

17. across the Kennebec-kab House across the river from the park

18. trail-kab The path back to the boat launch.

19. Moonrise-kab Moonrise over the hills of Norridgewock.
I am told that the name Norridgewock is from an Abenaki word meaning, “smooth water between two rapids.” Well, Autumn is rapidly waning, and winter is rapidly approaching. These were truly the last leaves of autumn, for when my husband returned to Norridgewock this past weekend he said there were no leaves left on the trees. Brace yourselves…here comes winter!

Click on link to see more or this marvelous world!
Birds seen in Oosoola Park on November 5, 2011:
  1. Bald Eagle
  2. Blue Jay
  3. American Crow
  4. Belted Kingfisher
  5. American Robin
  6. American Tree Sparrow
  7. Northern Cardinal
  8. unidentified duck species (flying overhead)

25 comments:

  1. Hi Kathie

    I loved the first photo of the bald eagle with the red tree. The rest of your shots with the beautiful fall colours are wonderful as well. We just never get that kind of colour here.

    Regards
    Guy

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  2. Oh guy, I feel so sorry for you! When the light comes through the trees like this it is just gorgeous!

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  3. Kathie, this is a most colorful example of what I imagine fall on east to be. The light through the leaves reminds me of stained glass. All so very different than the SW.

    And I'm not ready for winter.

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  4. Gaelyn, this is the northeast in all it's glory and so pretty to see, though a cold wind was blowing! Still, I hope you can see it someday. And I am not ready for winter either!

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  5. Great post and nice to see fall again!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Lovely Autumn colors, Kathie! The park looks like a beautiful place to bird and to see the scenery. Wonderful photos.

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  7. Magnificent pictures, Kathie! Autumn is my favourite season and I still have many enjoyable memories from a road trip in the USA during October/November several years ago. The colours of the foliage are quite amazing!

    You may like to post on my Floral Friday Fotos meme:

    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

    Cheers from Melbourne, Australia!

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  8. Such gorgeous colors and your photos are fantastic, Kathie! I do know that fall in some parts of the world is without a doubt one of the most glorious seasons of the year -- that's certainly true of your part of the world as it is mine. Our colors this year -- like yours have been awesome! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Sylvia

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  9. I love these colorful autumn shots.

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  10. Wonderful looking place to go birding! Love all the autumn color. How great to see that eagle sitting up there!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful photos of the last days of fall, which is long-gone here.

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  12. Fantastic photos! You've captured the beauty of the season.

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  13. I love the close up photo, nice shot, thanks for sharing.

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  14. Kathie, I love new England, especially in fall! I was in Porstmouth, New Hampshire, last week and was pleasantly surprised to see there was still some pretty autumn color there. Your photos are so bright and colorful..you had excellant light! I am going to look through more of your posts to enjoy your photography.

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  15. Kathie, such a beautiful area! Pictures are stunning. Loved them all.

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  16. Stunning captures Kathie - gorgeous rich autumnal colours. Thanks for sharing your part of the world - and for visiting my blog.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous Kathie. Those colors are so vibrant. I love Fall. Thanks for stopping by. I have more photos of the Great Horned Owl today. Yes I am in love with owls, I have become a big fan of them :)

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  18. Beautiful autumn scenes Kathie.

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  19. Wow, so beautiful and colorful !

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  20. Looks like you ended up capturing lovely nature shots besides watching the birds!

    The fall colors are vibrant:)

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  21. I really enjoyed all the lovely pictures from Ma. Guess you are finding that part of Our World quite a bit different from Az. Interesting things to see, I know.

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  22. OOoooh!!! gorgeous!! my favorite is the Ripple Shot!! i love all the colors...and even when all these leaves fall to the ground...i still think the trees...with their bare skeleton branches...look peaceful...and silent...

    awesome pictures...ALL of them!

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  23. Apologies -- I realize I spelled your name wrong in my comment, Kathie!! (With my name spelled like it is, I should definitely be more conscious of that)>

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.