Fall Equinox Through All Hallows’ Eve

This is a time of great beauty

and rapid change on the prairie.

Here are 171 photos in the order they were shot.

 

 

September 27 Dawn

September 27 Dawn

 

Fiery Sunrise Across the Bunkers

Fiery Sunrise Across the Bunkers

 

Clutch of Turkey Eggs Destroyed by a Predator

Clutch of Turkey Eggs Destroyed by a Predator

 

Lavender Dawn Light at the Edge of the West Draw

Lavender Dawn Light at the Edge of the West Draw

 

Sun Peeking Through Clouds and Sumac

Sun Peeking Through Clouds and Sumac

 

Sun Rays Through Clouds Past Sumac

Sun Rays Through Clouds Past Sumac

 

Glacial Erratic with Rainbow

Glacial Erratic with Rainbow

 

A Bump of Sumac Gone Red

A Bump of Sumac Gone Red

 

Glory Cloud

Glory Cloud

 

Sumac Bump Gone Red Under a Lead Sky

Sumac Bump Gone Red Under a Lead Sky

 

Sunflower Seed Head Barely Hanging On

Sunflower Seed Head Barely Hanging On

 

Starlike Husks

Starlike Husks

 

End of Season Grasses Backlit

End of Season Grasses Backlit

 

Fallen Trees Embrace

Fallen Trees Embrace

 

Up a Corkscrew Trunk

Up a Corkscrew Trunk

 

Robins Flocking

Robins Flocking

 

Squirrel Chewed Walnut in a Crotch

Squirrel Chewed Walnut in a Crotch

 

Magenta Button Mushrooms on a Down Tree

Magenta Button Mushrooms on a Down Tree

 

Past a Leaning Sapling into a Clearing

Past a Leaning Sapling into a Clearing

 

Backlit Grape Leaves

Backlit Grape Leaves

 

Four Freshly Fallen Walnuts

Four Freshly Fallen Walnuts

 

Red Berries Growing at the Cottonwood Bark Pile

Red Berries Growing at the Cottonwood Bark Pile

 

Red Berries CU

Red Berries CU

 

End of Season Grasses Falling Over in the Draw

End of Season Grasses Falling Over in the Draw

 

White Mushrom with Curved Stem

White Mushrom with Curved Stem

 

Downy Gentian Near the West Gate

Downy Gentian Near the West Gate

 

Moon Over a Pair of Bluebird Boxes at Dawn

Moon Over a Pair of Bluebird Boxes at Dawn

 

Just at Daybreak on the East Fence Oct 1

Just at Daybreak on the East Fence Oct 1

 

From the East Fence to the Capitol at Daybreak

From the East Fence to the Capitol at Daybreak

 

Golden Grass Heads Backlit

Golden Grass Heads Backlit

 

Goldenrod Plant Gone to Seed

Goldenrod Plant Gone to Seed

 

On the Path a Lone Flower Greets the Sun

On the Path a Lone Flower Greets the Sun

 

Translucent Milkweed Husk

Translucent Milkweed Husk

 

Five Slender Milkweed Husks

Five Slender Milkweed Husks

 

Brilliant Red Sumac Against Dark Green

Brilliant Red Sumac Against Dark Green

 

Pitcher's Sage Fleurs

Pitcher’s Sage Fleurs

 

Heath Aster (?) Fleurs

Heath Aster (?) Fleurs

 

Tridentine Trunk Still Standing Barely

Tridentine Trunk Still Standing Barely

 

Yellowed Leaf Crumpled at the Edges

Yellowed Leaf Crumpled at the Edges

 

Stump Thing...

Stump Thing…

 

Woodpecker Worked Tree

Woodpecker Worked Tree

 

A Tree Gone Yellow at the Edge of the Draw

A Tree Gone Yellow at the Edge of the Draw

 

Past Some Dogwood into a Little Clearing

Past Some Dogwood into a Little Clearing

 

Dead Tree Diagonal

Dead Tree Diagonal

 

In Sunlight and In Shadow

In Sunlight and In Shadow

 

Big Flocks of Blackbirds on the Move

Big Flocks of Blackbirds on the Move

 

Across the Head of the South Draw to the Bunkers

Across the Head of the South Draw to the Bunkers

 

Soybeans to the South

Soybeans to the South

 

Sunlight Poking Into the Swoop Tree Place

Sunlight Poking Into the Swoop Tree Place

 

The Hollow Side of the Swoop Tree

The Hollow Side of the Swoop Tree

 

A Classic Swoop Tree Frame with Yellow Leaves

A Classic Swoop Tree Frame with Yellow Leaves

 

The Old Hay Machine Wheel

The Old Hay Machine Wheel

 

Slender Milkweed Husks with Seeds Still Letting Go

Slender Milkweed Husks with Seeds Still Letting Go

 

Where the Big Fence Turns

Where the Big Fence Turns

 

A Ragged Sulphur Wing Butterfly

A Ragged Sulphur Wing Butterfly

 

Doesn't Look Promising This Mornng

Doesn’t Look Promising This Mornng

 

Strong Wind...

Strong Wind…

 

Greens Going Gold

Greens Going Gold

 

Greens Going Gold - One Branch

Greens Going Gold – One Branch

 

Sumac, Dogwood and Little Yellow Leaves

Sumac, Dogwood and Little Yellow Leaves

 

Under an Old Conifer Not Much Grows

Under an Old Conifer Not Much Grows

 

Lone Red Sumac Against Juniper

Lone Red Sumac Against Juniper

 

Chartreuse Against Forest Green

Chartreuse Against Forest Green

 

Crepuscular Light with Greens, Golds and a Bit of Red

Crepuscular Light with Greens, Golds and a Bit of Red

 

Tracery Against a Roiling Sky

Tracery Against a Roiling Sky

 

The Sky Was Dark and Foreboding

The Sky Was Dark and Foreboding

 

Dead Branch Tangle

Dead Branch Tangle

 

At the Edge

At the Edge

 

A Little Glowing Patch of Dogwood

A Little Glowing Patch of Dogwood

 

The Powerlines Under a Stormy Sky

The Powerlines Under a Stormy Sky

 

Plum Bush Going

Plum Bush Going

 

Wild Grape Leaf at the End of the Line

Wild Grape Leaf at the End of the Line

 

Plums Rotting on the Bush

Plums Rotting on the Bush

 

Virginia Creeper Vine and Berries

Virginia Creeper Vine and Berries

 

Little Stand of Sumac at the Head of the Big South Draw Under a Threatening Sky

Little Stand of Sumac at the Head of the Big South Draw Under a Threatening Sky

 

Psychedelic Sumac Head and Leaves

Psychedelic Sumac Head and Leaves

 

Grass Seed Head

Grass Seed Head

 

Leaves Turning at the Seep WS

Leaves Turning at the Seep WS

 

Leaves Turning at the Seep CU

Leaves Turning at the Seep CU

 

Solo Plum

Solo Plum

 

Spiky Seed Pod with Viny Tendrils

Spiky Seed Pod with Viny Tendrils

 

Crabapple Tree Turned Gold

Crabapple Tree Turned Gold

 

A Little Bright Spot in the Draw

A Little Bright Spot in the Draw

 

Upstream at the Five Sisters

Upstream at the Five Sisters

 

Curve Trunk Cottonwood Up the Little Draw

Curve Trunk Cottonwood Up the Little Draw

 

A Late Flowering Goldenrod

A Late Flowering Goldenrod

 

Backlit Grasses Going Gold

Backlit Grasses Going Gold

 

Gold Grass Spritz

Gold Grass Spritz

 

Orange Sulphur Wing Butterfly

Orange Sulphur Wing Butterfly

 

Breezy Dawn on the Far Western Hill

Breezy Dawn on the Far Western Hill

 

Across the Fence to Corn Land

Across the Fence to Corn Land

 

Across the Fence to the West - Cutting Corn Before Dawn

Across the Fence to the West – Cutting Corn Before Dawn

 

Fiery Dawn

Fiery Dawn

 

Milkweed Pods Dispersing Seeds at Dawn

Milkweed Pods Dispersing Seeds at Dawn

 

Wide Shot from the Far Western Hill to the Northeast at Dawn

Wide Shot from the Far Western Hill to the Northeast at Dawn

 

A Field of Russet Grasses

A Field of Russet Grasses

 

Still Pretty Lush Down in the Bottoms

Still Pretty Lush Down in the Bottoms

 

Near the Head of the West Draw

Near the Head of the West Draw

 

In the Tangly Undergrowth of the West Draw

In the Tangly Undergrowth of the West Draw

 

Looking Up and Out Near the Head of the West Draw

Looking Up and Out Near the Head of the West Draw

 

Still Life with Last Year's Walnut Shell Half

Still Life with Last Year’s Walnut Shell Half

 

Still Life with Last Year's Deer Jaw

Still Life with Last Year’s Deer Jaw

 

As the Twig Is Bent...

As the Twig Is Bent…

 

Hard Going in the West Draw Ce Matin

Hard Going in the West Draw Ce Matin

 

What Becomes of the...

What Becomes of the…

 

What Becomes of the... #2

What Becomes of the… #2

 

Virginia Creeper Leaves Gone Purple

Virginia Creeper Leaves Gone Purple

 

Backlit Virginia Creeper Leaves Gone Rust

Backlit Virginia Creeper Leaves Gone Rust

 

Virginia Creeper Vine & Leaves Gone Red

Virginia Creeper Vine & Leaves Gone Red

 

One Last Berry

One Last Berry

 

Dogwood Leaves Must Pass

Dogwood Leaves Must Pass

 

Orange Mystery Fruits CU

Orange Mystery Fruits CU

 

Walnuts Galore This Year

Walnuts Galore This Year

 

Walnuts Galore This Year MS

Walnuts Galore This Year MS

 

Walnuts on the Ground

Walnuts on the Ground

 

Looking West from the Edge of the West Draw

Looking West from the Edge of the West Draw

 

A Late Blooming Mullein

A Late Blooming Mullein

 

Two Walnuts and a Few Leaves

Two Walnuts and a Few Leaves

 

A Chaotic Mix on the Far West Hillside Getting on Towards Noon...

A Chaotic Mix on the Far West Hillside Getting on Towards Noon…

 

Showy Partridge Pea Blooming

Showy Partridge Pea Blooming

 

Near the Head of the First Draw

Near the Head of the First Draw

 

At the Head of the First Draw

At the Head of the First Draw

 

Early Morning Light Strikes a Yellow Tree - From the Head of the First Draw

Early Morning Light Strikes a Yellow Tree – From the Head of the First Draw

 

A Curtain of Little Leaves in Various Colors

A Curtain of Little Leaves in Various Colors

 

Here Comes the Sun...

Here Comes the Sun…

 

Where Have All the Flowers Gone...

Where Have All the Flowers Gone…

 

I'll Bet Hans Hoffman Would Like These Colors...

I’ll Bet Hans Hoffman Would Like These Colors…

 

Sun Peeking Through Back in the Bush

Sun Peeking Through Back in the Bush

 

One Leaf & One Sun

One Leaf & One Sun

 

One Sun Upshot with Bisecting Vine

One Sun Upshot with Bisecting Vine

 

One Sun Illuminates the Floor of the Draw

One Sun Illuminates the Floor of the Draw

 

Big Down Trunk Slowly Going Back to Earth, with Mushrooms

Big Down Trunk Slowly Going Back to Earth, with Mushrooms

 

Fungus Doing Its Job #1

Fungus Doing Its Job #1

 

Fungus Doing Its Job #2

Fungus Doing Its Job #2

 

Fungus Doing Its Job #3

Fungus Doing Its Job #3

 

Green Mossy Slime Starts the Process

Green Mossy Slime Starts the Process

 

Hard To Go Place

Hard To Go Place

 

Three Poles Composition in Soft Light

Three Poles Composition in Soft Light

 

Half Bark

Half Bark

 

Twisty Trunk with Burn Scabs

Twisty Trunk with Burn Scabs

 

Umbrella Shaped Fungus on a Dying Cottonwood Trunk

Umbrella Shaped Fungus on a Dying Cottonwood Trunk

 

The Underside of the Umbrella Shaped Fungus

The Underside of the Umbrella Shaped Fungus

 

Magnificent Roots on That Split Trunk Cottonwood

Magnificent Roots on That Split Trunk Cottonwood

Cottonwood Echoes in the Little Draw

Cottonwood Echoes in the Little Draw

 

The Hollow Root with Fall Colors

The Hollow Root with Fall Colors

 

Leathery Orange Mushroom on Cottonwood Bole

Leathery Orange Mushroom on Cottonwood Bole

 

Sunflower Stalks Against a Cloudy October Sky

Sunflower Stalks Against a Cloudy October Sky

 

Kill Site - Mandibles and Fur

Kill Site – Mandibles and Fur

 

Kill Site - Vertebrae and Fur

Kill Site – Vertebrae and Fur

 

Field Painting with Grass 2

Field Painting with Grass 2

 

Field Painting with Grass 1

Field Painting with Grass 1

 

Researcher's Plot in Concrete

Researcher’s Plot in Concrete

 

The East Fenceline Tree Clump at Dawn

The East Fenceline Tree Clump at Dawn

 

Three Goldenrod Stalks Against a Pre-dawn Sky

Three Goldenrod Stalks Against a Pre-dawn Sky

 

Fuzzy Seed Tops in Pre-dawn Light

Fuzzy Seed Tops in Pre-dawn Light

 

Don't the Moon Look Good...

Don’t the Moon Look Good…

 

Long Lens Fall Color Spritz at Dawn

Long Lens Fall Color Spritz at Dawn

 

First Light on Milkweed Leaves and Husks

First Light on Milkweed Leaves and Husks

 

Shriveled Sumac Leaves

Shriveled Sumac Leaves

 

Kissed by Frost with Little Light Shaft

Kissed by Frost with Little Light Shaft

 

Grass Seeds - Still Clinging

Grass Seeds – Still Clinging

 

Frosted Sage 1

Frosted Sage 1

 

Frosted Sage 2

Frosted Sage 2

 

Frosted Sage 3

Frosted Sage 3

 

Grass Fronds Tickled By Light

Grass Fronds Tickled By Light

 

Early Morning Frost Starting to Melt

Early Morning Frost Starting to Melt

 

Not Quite a Hard Frost

Not Quite a Hard Frost

 

Wispy Gaura Stalks Silhouetted

Wispy Gaura Stalks Silhouetted

 

Edgelit Gaura Stalk

Edgelit Gaura Stalk

 

The Path Above the Second Draw

The Path Above the Second Draw

 

Through a Gap Across the Second Draw

Through a Gap Across the Second Draw

 

Three Strong Trees of the Second Draw

Three Strong Trees of the Second Draw

 

Leaves Turning Between the Trees

Leaves Turning Between the Trees

 

Cottonwood Rhythm - Trunk and Leaves

Cottonwood Rhythm – Trunk and Leaves

 

Three Trunk Window to Fall Leaves

Three Trunk Window to Fall Leaves

 

Bare Cottonwood Twigs Hanging Down

Bare Cottonwood Twigs Hanging Down

 

Bricolage of Light and Dark

Bricolage of Light and Dark

 

Sunflower Stalks Against a Bald Blue Sky

Sunflower Stalks Against a Bald Blue Sky

 

Backlit Oak Leaf

Backlit Oak Leaf

 

Along the Edge of the Little Draw

Along the Edge of the Little Draw

 

Down Bole with Knot

Down Bole with Knot

 

At the Five Sisters

At the Five Sisters

 

Elm Leaves Backlit

Elm Leaves Backlit

 

Hedge Apple on the Ground

Hedge Apple on the Ground

 

Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries

 

At a Military Gate

At a Military Gate

 

Last Yellow Leaves on Stalks

Last Yellow Leaves on Stalks

 

Into the Bushes - Dense Pinks and Yellows

Into the Bushes – Dense Pinks and Yellows

 

On the Edge of the Little Northwest Draw

On the Edge of the Little Northwest Draw

 

Bare Brush Against the Sky

Bare Brush Against the Sky

 

Old Nest with Fallen Leaves

Old Nest with Fallen Leaves

 

Three Trunk Tree with Backlit Grasses - NW Draw

Three Trunk Tree with Backlit Grasses – NW Draw

 

The Power Spot in the Northwest Draw

The Power Spot in the Northwest Draw

 

Blackbirds Moving Through 1

Blackbirds Moving Through 1

 

Blackbirds Moving Through 2

Blackbirds Moving Through 2

 

Dried Thistle Heads Dispersing

Dried Thistle Heads Dispersing

 

Grass Leaf Goldenrod (?) Flowering Late

Grass Leaf Goldenrod (?) Flowering Late

 

Seeded Out Plants Against a Threatening Sky

Seeded Out Plants Against a Threatening Sky

 

Yellow Flowers Punctuate a Field

Yellow Flowers Punctuate a Field

 

A Field of Fluffy Goldenrod Heads with Threatening Skies

A Field of Fluffy Goldenrod Heads with Threatening Skies

 

Milkweed Pod and Seedless Fluff

Milkweed Pod and Seedless Fluff

 

Milkweed Pods and Seedy Fluff

Milkweed Pods and Seedy Fluff

 

Two Milkweed Pods Open

Two Milkweed Pods Open

 

Trunk Losing Bark

Trunk Losing Bark

 

Upright Snag

Upright Snag

 

Creeper Vine with Red Leaves

Creeper Vine with Red Leaves

 

White Fungus on a Dead Tree

White Fungus on a Dead Tree

 

Big Storm Rolling In

Big Storm Rolling In

 

Pre-storm Light at the West Fenceline

Pre-storm Light at the West Fenceline

 

Dramatic Clouds from the West Gate

Dramatic Clouds from the West Gate

 

The Road Out from the West Gate

The Road Out from the West Gate

 

Pre-dawn Sumac Heads and Grass

Pre-dawn Sumac Heads and Grass

 

Pre-dawn Stand of Yellow Trees

Pre-dawn Stand of Yellow Trees

 

Dawn Through Dried Sunflower Heads

Dawn Through Dried Sunflower Heads

 

First Sun Through a Sumac Stand

First Sun Through a Sumac Stand

 

Trees in the First Draw Coming On Gold

Trees in the First Draw Coming On Gold

 

Fuzzy Top Goldenrod Seed Heads Rimlit

Fuzzy Top Goldenrod Seed Heads Rimlit

 

Fuzzy Tops of Goldenrod Rimlit WS

Fuzzy Tops of Goldenrod Rimlit WS

 

Little Patch of Bunch Grass Lit Up

Little Patch of Bunch Grass Lit Up

 

Cottonwood Leaves Gone Gold Against an October Sky 1

Cottonwood Leaves Gone Gold Against an October Sky 1

 

Cottonwood Leaves Going Gold Against an October Sky 2

Cottonwood Leaves Going Gold Against an October Sky 2

 

Barb Wire Roll in the Little Draw

Barb Wire Roll in the Little Draw

 

Two Cottonwood Stalwarts

Two Cottonwood Stalwarts

 

Deer Jaw with Cottonwood Leaves

Deer Jaw with Cottonwood Leaves

 

Those Quizzical Orange Fruits Again

Those Quizzical Orange Fruits Again

 

Fall at the Wet Spot - CU

Fall at the Wet Spot – CU

 

Fall at the Wet Spot - Down Shot

Fall at the Wet Spot – Down Shot

 

Fall at the Wet Spot - Wide Shot

Fall at the Wet Spot – Wide Shot

 

Spiky Seed Pod - Now Broken Open

Spiky Seed Pod – Now Broken Open

 

Hemlock Seed Heads

Hemlock Seed Heads

 

Solo Spotted Leaf

Solo Spotted Leaf

 

Dead Trunk, Bark Going, One Leaf

Dead Trunk, Bark Going, One Leaf

 

Backlit White Fuzzies Through the Trees

Backlit White Fuzzies Through the Trees

 

Red Berries Buck Brush Branch

Red Berries Buck Brush Branch

 

Locust Bean Pods

Locust Bean Pods

 

High on a Locust Tree

High on a Locust Tree

 

Grandmother Cottonwood Amid the Youngsters

Grandmother Cottonwood Amid the Youngsters

 

Grandmother Cottonwood - Fall Portrait

Grandmother Cottonwood – Fall Portrait

 

All But Gone, October 31

All But Gone, October 31

 

Grass and Sage in the Sumac Twigs

Grass and Sage in the Sumac Twigs

 

Grass, Sumac, Draw & Sky - Before Dawn

Grass, Sumac, Draw & Sky – Before Dawn

 

On Death & Dying - Before Dawn

On Death & Dying – Before Dawn, October 31

 

Little White Fuzzy Seed Heads

Little White Fuzzy Seed Heads

 

Super Nova...

Super Nova…

 

Frost Nipped Goldenrod Clump

Frost Nipped Goldenrod Clump

 

A Symphony in Russet Tones

A Symphony in Russet Tones

 

Prairie Pea Pods

Prairie Pea Pods

 

A Blast of Bittersweet - WS

A Blast of Bittersweet – WS

 

A Blast of Bittersweet - CU

A Blast of Bittersweet – CU

 

Bare White Branches in a Gully on a Hillside

Bare White Branches in a Gully on a Hillside

 

Lone Bush Against a Rugged Sky

Lone Bush Against a Rugged Sky

 

Sunflower Stalk Silhouette

Sunflower Stalk Silhouette

Corot-like Composition with Illuminated Foreground

Corot-like Composition with Illuminated Foreground

 

The Patch of Grass at the Head of Draw Two's West Trail

The Patch of Grass at the Head of Draw Two’s West Trail

 

Almost Nothing...

Almost Nothing…

 

Now I Lay Me Down...

Now I Lay Me Down…

 

Loner on the Ground...

Loner on the Ground…

 

Tonsure

Tonsure

 

Twin Stars

Twin Stars

 

Deux Etoiles

Deux Etoiles

 

Scattered White Puffsters

Scattered White Puffsters

 

Ash Tree Seed Pods

Ash Tree Seed Pods

 

Buckbrush - An Arc of Little Red Berries

Buckbrush – An Arc of Little Red Berries

 

Glacial Erratic on a Dutch Angle Shot

Glacial Erratic on a Dutch Angle Shot

 

Evidence of a Tryst

Evidence of a Tryst

 

Tryster Smokes Pyramids...

Tryster Smokes Pyramids…

 

A Big Root Tangle with One Golden Leaf

A Big Root Tangle with One Golden Leaf

 

As always these titles are my own creations.

I’m not much of a plant expert

so feel free to suggest corrections.