Fall colors are starting to show up around Massachusetts and around this sanctuary....
(Had you noticed it in the last photo?)
and a giant Snapping Turtle!!
Want to go for a swim???
I sat down on the boardwalk to try to get as level as possible with the turtle when it came up for air.
Eastern Painted Turtles
Love the neck colors!
Blue Dasher (male)
Oak Petiole Galls
After doing a little reading, I believe this to be birch polypore, which is found primarily on dead birch trees (but sometimes on living ones as well). It will break down the dead wood. It only lives for one year, although it may still be present in following years in a dark form. It is tough and has been used in past years to sharpen knives! It was also used in a powdered form of it to start fires.
Double Crested Cormorant
Red Tailed Hawk