Mertz Grade Trail

A couple of weeks ago I posted about our walk on the Au Sable Foot Trail at the Hartwick Pines State Park. This week we walked the Mertz Grade Trail instead. Is is only 2 miles long instead of 3.
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At the beginning of the trail, a pine tree was bent over the trail, forming a kind of gate:
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I noted several definite changes since our last walk in this park. For instance, there were fewer mushrooms. However, I thought these few were worth posting:
This is actually a sort of tree ear: color, lunar white, I would say:
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I believe this is called a “Hen and Chicks:
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Just another unidentified little fellow:

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Berries on a tree:
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Most of the maples were in their fall best reds, oranges and yellows:
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Stumbled upon a spent wasp nest with cells exposed:
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Lots of pine cones had begun to fall:
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And many of the bracken had turned a delicious, golden brown:
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We were reminded, occasionally, that we were, indeed, on a “foot” trail:
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Said, “Goodbye,” to this forest scene for today:
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