Haikus on Phenological Change


Vibrant, green, and lush;

The woods sing with joyous life.

A cool breeze runs through.


The beauty of death.

Summer makes quite the exit.

Change will always come.


The brisk wind cuts deep.

The bare trees shiver and wait.

Everyone prepares.

November Update

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.

October Update

The leaves are just past peak foliage it appears.  Most still on the trees are brilliant colors and crisp dead leaves cover the trail and shorter vegetation.  The only sign of wildlife I have seen thus far has been a squirrel and the familiar sounds of songbirds.  But, I did notice a marking of a dog that its inconsiderate owner left behind.  It most likely came from the dog park across the bike path.  This may account for the little wildlife that I have noticed.


There is an outstanding amount of vegetation in my place.  As far as woody plants go, there is an overwhelming number of ash trees (green ash and what appear to be other species of ash) and a few paper birches dispersed throughout.  Many of these trees seem to be quite young, there are not many large, mature trees anywhere in my spot.  Looking toward the ground, there are many ferns and saplings in the lower areas of the forest where the ground is quite moist.

Introduction to My Place

When we first received the assignment, I knew that I wanted my site to be overlooking the water.  So, I took a trip down to the waterfront and stumbled upon a gorgeous patch of woods across the bike path from the dog park.  This seemed like a sign from above to choose this spot; limitless amounts of dogs, a beautiful view of the Adirondacks, and lush vegetation, what more could I ask for?  I ventured in along a narrow path and found there to be tents hiding around many thick patches of plants, hopefully, the current residents do not mind me intruding every few weeks!  To get to my phenology spot, you must follow the bike path from the ECHO Aquarium down past Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark until you reach a large, fenced dog park.  Across the path from this dog park is my patch of woods.  But, the easiest way to reach the water is to cut through a clearing directly to the left of the forest until you reach a small dirt path that will take you around the woods along the water.  The center of my place will be when the path curves to the right when you reach the corner of the patch of land.  It appears that my place is on top of a man-made piece of land; there is a slope down into the vegetation from the path that circles it and the sides along the water are built up with concrete walls.