All my life I have loved being outside in the Fall. Watching nature make her last spectacular color push until she falls asleep for the winter is one of my favorite pastimes. When I head into the woods each Fall, I often have my camera and a variety of books within reach to consult. If you sit quietly for an hour or more, you never know what animal, bird or insect you might see that you have never seen before.
Over the years, I have seen deer, coyotes, pileated woodpeckers, armadillos, skunks and a screech owl to name a few. Last year, my most memorable moment was when I thought a herd of deer were coming towards me as I sat in the woods. To my shock and surprise, I found two rambunctious armadillos chasing each other through the leaves. If I’m unsure of the animal, insect or even a tree, I always consult a guide book. The Library has a variety of these guidebooks to help you identify what you have seen. There are also books on nature photography.
- The book of leaves: a leaf-by-leaf guide to six hundred of the world’s great trees by Allen Coombes
- The Sibley guide to trees by David Sibley
- The bumper book of nature: a user’s guide to the outdoors by Stephen Moss
- The Sibley field guide to birds in eastern North America by David Sibley
- Creative nature & outdoor photography by Brenda Tharp
- National Audubon Society guide to nature photography by Tim Fitzharris