Travelers on their way to South America stop for food and lodging at the beaver pond.



Trees around the beaver pond are filled with visiting and local birds.





Throughout Fort Frederick State Park, leaves in shades of red, orange and gold delight the eye.



The color continues on the shore of adjacent Big Pool lake, where Canada Geese forage against a backdrop of red.



On the hill above the beaver pond, a tree attacked by beavers seems to defy gravity. ┬áIt’s a deliberate tree-felling tactic of beavers to let partially cut into a tree and let gravity do the rest of the work.




Near the park exit, I look to the west and see hills of rusty red and gold backed by blue mountains. It’s very hard to leave, but alas a necessity.