I have been so busy lately that autumn is slowly disappearing in front of my eyes and yet I haven't got any free time to take some photos with my camera. I was very happy today when I got to the Arboretum and saw there were still some trees with their fall leaves.
This were some trees with yellow needle-like leaves that I don't recognize. [Edit: I believe they are tamarack (Larix laricina).]
Then I saw two large birds flying short distances from one tree to another. I slowly walked up to one of the trees and saw that it was a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). The woodpecker didn't seem to be bothered by my presence and I was able to get closer than I have ever been before (e.g., the last time).
The red crest makes him (males are identified by their red mustache stripes) look more like a painting than a photograph.
Sticking his tongue out.
Closer-up on the face.
These are my best Pileated Woodpecker images thus far. Lucky!
Afterwards, I walked around looking for more trees with fall leaves.
And I found this giant Purpleblow Maple (Acer truncatum) with most of its leaves still intact.
Then I rotated a couple of photographs to create kaleidoscopic images (like last time).
While I was trying to figure out the best perspective to photograph a maple tree, I saw dragonflies moving across the field, which I was surprised because I didn't think they would still be around by now.
They were some species of Meadowhawks (Sympetrum sp.) in the process of mating.
Focusing on the female in a seemingly awkward position.
Then I found some non-maple trees with beautiful golden colours.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi)