This visit I noticed that my place was almost completely devoid of leaves. All of the ash, paper birch, and cottonwood trees were completely bare. The only leaves that could be found not on the path were either on vines or a single vibrantly color red oak sapling. The forest appears to be much thinner and more sparse without the leaves on the trees. This also opened up the inner ground cover more and allowed me to notice more small herbaceous and woody plants that I had not seen previously.