I visited Castlewood State Park, just outside of St. Louis, for a rejuvenating hike. Even though we’ve passed our peak for fall color, I brought along the camera. And I’m glad I did!!
The lighting and shadow from the half-empty canopy made photography in the forest fun.
A jewel in the rubble. An oak leaf has fallen on this (evil) honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) shrub.
A dogwood, although I’m not certain if it’s a Flowering Dogwood or something else of the Cornus genus.
Part of the allure of Castlewood is it’s trail that runs along the edge of the Meramec River as well as on the bluffs a couple hundred feet above it.