When August gives way to September, the grandkids figure summer is over.

Back to school, no more swimming or baseball.

But this 70-something Grandpa welcomes the transition.

Fruits and berries are maturing, nighthawks are migrating, insects abound, fall fungi and wildflowers decorate the woods, and wildlife numbers are at their peak following the breeding season. Some fawns still wear their spots – but a few adults have turned from summer-orange to the gray of winter. Turkey poults are nearing adult size.

And, with cooler weather, what better time for a walk in the woods?

Here are a few discoveries from some of those explorations:

Three-birds pogonia
garden spider
still-spotted fawn
chicken of the woods
monarch on thistle
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