Eldred King Tract, York Regional Forest
Most leaves here are still green but autumn is very much in the air even though when I took these photos the temperature was 31°C or 88°F.
I haven't a clue as to what this tipi made of logs is doing here as it's built around a tree and there's very little room inside...even for a kid. My friend, her dog and I often walk in the York Regional Forest and sometimes come across sculptures made of materials found in the forest. This was built in a natural clearing and could be seen from the path.
Next, a pine cone from an Eastern White Pine. We saw quite a few on the path - we've had some high winds lately.
Mushrooms are popping up like, er, mushrooms. It has been wet and rainy. Edible? Dunno, but it looks like some small animal had a taste.
Asters. I'm guessing that these are arrow-leafed asters (Symphyotrichum urophyllum) as they are common in Ontario. I should have taken a better photo of the leaves to be accurate.
Glossy buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), an invasive shrub particularly in the Ottawa area. The berries are NOT edible.
The oak leaf is loosing it's chlorophyll. Some critter has been chomping parts of the leaf away leaving lace.
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