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Encounters

I had hiked down from the Adirondack Railroad tracks to the west branch of the Beaver River, went up stream and there it was, with the sun full on the ice and trees.

This early snow caught several boats still in the Stillwater Flow. Ice is on the river behind them.

A blackberry cane (Rubus spp.) in full fall color stands brightly against the first dusting of snow of the season.

A portrait of one of our native Adoxaceae family shrubs. The berries of viburnum trilobum are edible, yet sour, and mainly enjoyed by wildlife. Nearly identical to its European cousin Viburnum opulus, the sole distinction between the two species being the petiolar glands. On the native trilobum species the petiolar glands are convex (or bulging outwards) while the non-native european opulus species has concave (sunken) petiolar glands.

Exploring the fall woods, I stumbled upon a treasure... chaga (Inonotus obliquus) on yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) !

The brown skeleton of an Aster is reborn through December frost...

A favorite native lily that gets it's name from the blue berry that follows the flower. Very common in the Adirondack park. The berries are not edible, just pretty.