For example, the trails were "littered" with woollybear caterpillars (Isia isabella). I don't think I've ever noticed them in such densities before. They're all searching for a protected spot in which to overwinter safely as pupae so as to emerge in the spring as rather drab and nondescript tiger moths.
|Watch-hazel in bloom|
As I was capturing the image of woody debris produced when Pennypack's staff and I cut up a 125-year-old oak tree brought down by the hurricane, I found this polypore bracket fungus on a nearby well-seasoned log that my staff had cut years ago.
And, finally, in a herbaceous old-field, I came across this purple and green plant. I have no idea as to its identity - it's probably a non-native "weed" - but its striking coloration attracted my attention
The forecast calls for a nor'easter storm tonight and tomorrow morning, with high winds and the possibility of snow; it's been snowing lightly since mid-morning today (Wednesday) and we may get two to four inches. I certainly hope we don't get any accumulation or high winds; we don't need the electric power to be interrupted again so soon after the outage associated with Hurricane Sandy. If we get get any significant snow accumulation, it will be only the fourth time since weather records have been kept (dating from the 1880s) that there will be measurable snow in our area during the first week of November.
Submitted by David Robertson