Well put by another: This picture sums up a lot of what we were talking about in class today. Funny with Columbus day having been a week ago, the whole holiday is pretty ridiculous. Read somewhere that especially Italian-Americans see Columbus day as a celebration of their heritage, say what?? Celebrating a day when a person found a land that was never lost!
Maple trees are the embodiment of fall foliage. So-called "leaf peepers" in North America drive hundreds of miles in October to places like the White Mountains of New Hampshire to marvel at the colors of these special autumn trees. I tell you about some of the best types of maple for fall color here: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/fallfoliagetrees/a/fall_foliage7.htm
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica) - photo from Simone's Kitchen; Coatis (or Coatimundi) are members of the raccoon family that live in South America, Central America, and southwestern North America. All coatis have a slender head with an elongated, flexible, slightly upward-turned nose, small ears, dark feet, and a long, non-prehensile tail used for balance and signaling. Some have rings around their tails. They are about the size of a large house cat. - info from Wikipedia