If you have ventured off the streets of Copper Harbor, chances are, you have been through Clyde's field. Clyde's field is the large, flat area behind the one room schoolhouse and the park. It is most easily accessed at the trail head by the welcome center.
This is the place that often starts my journeys, be it a hike, bike or snowshoe. It provides the gateway to the trails! The last few times I have been back there, I found some things you might like to see as well. Come along!
Looking over the first pond, west into the Garden Brook Valley
Over the pond toward Brockway's nose
The second pond is all dried up.
Can you see who's at the other end?
The great blue heron!
I can now take this pond as a shortcut to the south trail
No shortage of mushrooms this fall
This puffball is as big as my mitten!
The maples litter the trails...
... with brilliance!
One thing I didn't get a picture of is the pigeon I saw a few days ago. A pigeon? I had to inspect it to make sure. I don't know how a pigeon got up here, but I hope it survives!
As for the heron, I have seen it every morning for the past few days. And at least once a week before that. It flies so quietly when Duce startles it, but it always lands back in the area. Such a majestic bird.
I have been seeing mushrooms of all shapes and sizes this fall. More than I have ever seen. I doubt that most of them are edible, and I don't have the knowledge to safely try them. But I must have seen at least six varieties. Some of them are so big, the conditions must be just right. It's been fun discovering those!
Another thing I find myself instinctively enjoying this time of year are the deer trails. Maybe it's because I'm not so overwhelmed with tourists that I get more adventurous, but I find myself following an animal path through the woods almost every time I go out. I love to see new places, and how the landscape varies. Sometimes Duce leads me into some tight spaces, but we always find our way out. They say curiosity killed the cat, but hopefully we'll survive.