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This can’t be November!

The temperature reached 72 sunny degrees today, a great day to walk in the woods. I am sure that one of these days soon we will get slammed with typical November weather, but meanwhile I’m giving thanks for blue skies and warm temps. This was election day here in northeast Ohio, and it’s been a pretty busy day for me, but I still found time for a short walk in the woods. That’s where I snapped these pictures. (Click on a picture to enlarge and see slideshow.)

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I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer and nature lover, inviting you to join me on my trail walks.

157 thoughts on “This can’t be November!

  1. When I was a kid growing up on my grandfather’s farm in Ohio in the 50s, the first day of pheasant hunting was always in mid-November. One year mid-November would be blowing and frozen, and the next might as easily be sunny and warm like your day out this year. There was no predicting it, but there would be tons of bird life in the fence rows no matter what the weather.

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  2. I love your photos! I am in the process of putting up a bird feeder and I hope i will have beautiful pictures to share too. I really enjoy watching birds. They actually have personalities!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. For me, taking bird pictures requires a long lens (70-300mm), patience, and practice. A bag of peanut chips or sunflower chips helps too. They are much more likely to pose for a photo opp if you offer food.

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  3. Gorgeous photos. How did you manage to get so close to the deer? I sometimes see deer when I’m out walking but they are always very nervous of humans.

    And we’re having amazingly mild November weather here too. People keep talking about snow coming soon but I would prefer a mild winter. I don’t think we’ll get a mild one but I am optimistic anyway!

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    1. In our neighborhood park, the deer co-exist with the hundreds of walkers who enjoy the outdoors. They don’t even seem to be wary of the many dogs the walkers bring with them. I guess it is a result of familiarity and food. People feed the deer even though they aren’t supposed to, so the deer come close for the food. They are great moochers.

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    1. My camera is a Nikon D90. For bird shots I use a 70-300mm lens. Otherwise I use the lens that came with the camera; it is 18-105mm. When I first started photographing birds, I was using a Panasonic FZ30. It was good too but a little slower. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  4. The pictures are beautiful! I especially love the chickadee…..I am very tempted to attempt an oil painting of the pretty bird.. Would you mind if I were to do that sometime?

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  5. wonderful pics! Fall has a way of bringing out a mellow warmth in our hearts πŸ™‚ I live in Nashik Maharashtra and this season is just wonderful, rustic and so full of the most beautiful memories of childhood πŸ™‚ I’ve tried to capture one of the evenings in my post here http://wp.me/s4Kjb-twilight

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  6. It was gorgeous here too (Buffalo) and I went to our local trail as well…when I saw your page I thought maybe you were at the same one!

    I *love* chickadees and those are absolutely gorgeous photos!

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  7. Lovely photos! I am a huge nature lover. I find peace amid the natural beauty. Your photos are the essence of tranquility. I adore all the animals (including your dog pictured above)! By the way, the autumn colors are simply splendid! Thanks for sharing Skip. Congrats to you on being Freshly Pressed! If you get a chance, I hope you drop by my blog sometime too. πŸ™‚

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  8. Beautiful! Chickadees and deer, two of my favorites. It’s a weird November in Massachusetts, too. I still haven’t put away all my summer clothes, and I’ve got a new pair of boots just waiting to be worn!

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  9. Beautiful pictures. You’re right about the weather, too. I live in the south of England, and we are also experiencing an oddly mild November. It can’t be normal that I’m still walking around in a T-shirt! I am looking forward to a proper winter chill. πŸ™‚

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  10. Beautiful, evocative photos. They definitely make me yearn for fall weather, which we don’t have in Southern India! (I’m originally from the northeastern U.S.)

    We have collections of bird photos from our colleagues around the world. No chickadees but just in case your little guy needs a friend, here’s an example: http://raxacollective.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/bird-of-the-day-vermilion-flycatcher-galapagos-islands/

    Congrats on the Fresh Pressing…what a wonderful thing a walk in the woods can do!

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  11. I’m from Ohio (born in “The Cleve”) and went to college in Southern Ohio and I don’t ever remember it being this beautiful in November. Are you trying to get me to come back and visit? πŸ™‚ Congrats on being FP’d!

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  12. Beautiful photos with great color! I’m in northwest Ohio, just outside of Toledo, and I am in total shock of this autumn we are having. I’m not complaining, I love it! We have some nice metroparks here with trails that have been lovely to walk during the great weather. Thanks for sharing your observations! It’s good to know there are others who are marveling at the sights!

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  13. Thank you because your photographs cheered me up. I agree with the bloggers who called your post beautiful.

    It’s 57 degrees today in the Pacific NW and yes, isn’t this weather a bit strange?

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  14. Gorgeous photos…here in central Indiana we had an atypical fall day yesterday, temps in the 70s, vibrant blue sky…today, however, is back to reality…temps have dropped all day, strong winds, cloudy sky…ah well, we knew it would happen at some point in time.

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  15. Up here in Rochester, NY, the temperatures have yet to fall below 40 for any significant period (and only during the night). I’m a winter person, so by nature, I find this rather troublesome. It’s supposed to get a bit colder by Friday, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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  16. I’m kicking myself for staying mainly indoors the yesterday and the day before–it was beautiful out. Today it’s gray and dreary and I’m finally getting that outside itch.

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  17. I enjoyed your post. We have gone from 8 inches of snow to glorious fall weather. I know the snow will return but it is nice to be able to enjoy normal fall weather.

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  18. I live in the Northeast and it’s crazy how weird the weather has been so far this season! Great photos! Enjoy the weather and wildlife!

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  19. Lovely photos – the leaves are still on the trees here, which is v weird. Usually by now, with the drop in temp the wind rises and sweeps them off, sometimes even before they have fully turned autumnal in colouring. We’ve had 2 hard frosts with lollipop cars in the morning but nothing more. 72 degrees? Oh, I could really do with a bit of that here too. Thanks v much for sharing your photographs and morning walk πŸ™‚

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  20. one of the nicest compliments I ever received was from a german pre-schooler at an english speaking kindergarten in switzerland..his name was Mark and he told me(in his beginning english) β€œAnna, you are like Bambi”…your doe pics remind me just this moment of Mark and his wonderful compliment…..your photography is special

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  21. one of the nicest compliments I ever received was from a german pre-schooler at an english speaking kindergarten in switzerland..his name was Mark and he told me(in his beginning english) “Anna, you are like Bambi”…your doe pics remind me just this moment of Mark and his wonderful compliment…..your photography is special

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  22. You’re pretty lucky, Black-Capped Chickadees only leave in a very small area of Ohio. While their range extends all over Colorado, I’ve yet to see one. It’s a pretty popular bird, and it stays around all through winter. I don’t know too much about it, but I do know the Black-capped Chickadee has one of the most complex vocalizations of all animals, acting as a contact call, an alarm call, to identify an individual, or to indicate recognition of a particular flock.

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  23. Colors in autumn are very nice ! I find your pictures transcribe well this environment. Congratulations and thank you for this moment of pleasure.
    Fabrice

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  24. Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”. Great photos. I love the chickadees! As a child I fed them near my parent’s birdfeeder from my hand! I had to be still and be patient, but it was sure worth it! I too live in Northeast Ohio … I’ll take the warm weather as long as I can.

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    1. I was really delighted to be “Freshly Pressed,” and to receive all these comments. Thank you! By the way, I still hand feed the chickadees when I walk in the woods. They are such a joy.

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