When I woke up on Wednesday morning I assumed that I would try to do the same thing as I did the day before–ride dirt roads, take pictures, burn off some of my beer gut. Sadly, the dark clouds and drizzle made it hard for me to get mentally up for a ride but for some reason, however I was drawn to the idea of stomping around for a few miles with my camera at Deerfield Park.
I’m by no means certain, but I would have to guess that 90% of the hikes I’ve done in the past 5 years or more have been done in the rain or winter slop. Thankfully there is no sign of winter slop yet, but the wood do seem keen on going into balls out Fall mode any day now.
There are plenty of leaves, pine needles and acorns littering the trails and grassy paths of Deerfield, but there is still a lot of green around as well as critters afoot.
The toads, in particular, were active today, as I walked down Wildwood Pathway it was as if the forest floor was alive and moving under my feet. Tiny toads leaping about caused the fallen leaves and pine needles to undulate and ripple under my steps; it was like a Fear and Loathing acid trip on a woodsy tip… without the acid.
As per usual, when I hike in the woods with my camera, I tend to focus on the little things I see along the way, saving landscape photos for legit landscape photogs. I’m more of a toad on my wrist, look at this acorn hat, type of photographer.
Here is a look at the photos I took during my hike.
As I type this the dark clouds and drizzle of the morning is gone, the sun is out. I hope that that holds through tomorrow morning so I can get out for an A.M. gravel session, if not the wet woods will be there.