Aimee and I took the dogs for a walk in the woods to see the leaves up by Howe's Pond. We had a four-day weekend for Columbus Day. We both had a stack of grading and course prep to do, but we made time.
The pond and the woods thereabout are always glorious this time of year. This is private land, but the landowner allows hiking as long as you don't use motorized vehicles. No four-wheelers, no snowmobiles. Which is just how we like it.
Aimee took her camera, while to dogs took their noses. Both had a good time using their senses.
The beavers had been hard at work. You can see their dam has raised the water level by a foot or so, and they have built a new lodge (the pile of sticks in the background). I was impressed by the dam, which at one place was about three feet tall and a perfect curve, very steep, held up by sticks wedged perpendicularly in the rocks. These beavers must have engineering degrees.
The dogs didn't care about the beavers, or the leaves, but they were very interested in all the smells. Flame, who is much more of a water-lover, went in the pond.