I did my usual hike on Billy Goat Trail this morning at dawn and it was a beautiful crisp fall morning. While a bit chilly at 36 degrees, it was great for a vigorous hike. The leaves are down but the result is a quiet and stark forest with trees silhouetted on dark waters of the ponds and the Potomac.
Today’s highlight was actually a gorgeous and huge woodpecker that landed near me while I sat next to a small pond. It had a head that was flaming red and was about twice the usual size.
Here are a few of the pictures from this morning.