After a morning at Mom-in-Law's house (starting the process of getting new storm doors) we took a long loop out east and checked in at the Observatory. Good thing, too, the dehumidifier tank was about to overflow. That's no mean feat, either… I have it set up with a tank that can handle about 20 gallons! It was a nice drive out and back enjoying the early fall colors. After lunch we headed west and, following some light shopping, took a stroll on some of the trails at the Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Reservation. It's a beautiful wooded area with wetlands and was so busy, this sunny Sunday afternoon, that we were lucky to find parking a half-mile away. Still, we were there for the hiking and the spot we found was actually quite nice.
As we walked the paved path approaching the Reservation's visitor center, we saw a Great Blue Heron glide in for a landing in an adjacent wet area. We watched the big bird as it began fishing, silently wading along a submerged tree trunk. Saw it catch a small fish or two. Shot many photos of the quiet beauty of the bird and its surroundings.
After a relaxing walk, including a decent workout climbing a crazy-high set of stairs up along a cliff, we set off for the car. The heron was still fishing so we paused to capture a few parting shots (my best of the day, seen above) and stopped again at the entrance to the paved path. There were beautiful yellow flowers glowing against a background of deep green foliage. The last blooms of the season are sometimes the most lovely.