My wife and I walked the Red Cedar Trail from Menomonie to Downsville this past weekend. It is the first time I’ve been on the trail in some time. There were many other folks out enjoying the beautiful but windy weather.
Most of the fall leaves are gone. The entire fall has been marked by strong winds which brought the leaves down as soon as they reached peak. There were a few spots with a little color but most of the leaf photography was of single leaves.
The Woolly Bears Caterpillars and butterflies were out in large numbers. I was surprised to see a number of Monarch Butterflies still around. They had better be leaving soon or they won’t make it.
There were lots of birds along the trail. With most of the leaves gone they are relatively easy to spot. We saw a couple of Pileated Woodpeckers and some Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Flocks of Cedar Waxwings and Robins were feeding along the trail.
This is also the time of year when the leaves are gone and you can see bees nests along the trail. Some of them are quite large and colorful.
I also managed a few water shots. This one of ripples in a small stream flowing along into the Red Cedar River.