The coming cold

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Red squirrels and other critters were busy preparing for the coming cold. The hemlock tree was full this weekend of birds and squirrels working to dislodge seeds from its cones.

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The air was filled with noise that sounded like a thousand Pop Rocks as the critters ate their fill.

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A buck is seen glaring at the trail camera

Meanwhile, the trail cameras captured the comings and goings of several deer.

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This year’s fawns are caught on camera

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A doe inspects the trail camera up close

Including a photo of an ear of “someone deer” who may have tried to tamper with the camera.

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A frosty sunflower

The sunflower in the side garden succumbed to the hard frosts of the past week.

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A dark-eyed junco

More and more winter birds are showing up including dark-eyed juncos.

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Frost on an oak leaf

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A frosty morning at the neighbor’s pond

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Only oak leaves are left on the trees around the neighbor’s pond

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Kennedy makes his way across a frozen field


(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford, Sherman and Sadie, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com.)