Brilliant red and gold leaves blanket the forest floor. Bare branches appear in silhouette against the twilight sky. Fat raindrops splattering on the lake turn to pelting rain as the storm advances. Gathering winds sigh and whisper warnings to the pines along the shore. Ducks bob in the choppy waters, cackling and fluttering.
A sentinel drake breaks away from the flock and with a raucous cry, beats his wings against the water and rise to sound the ritual call. Bird by bird they follow, soulful cries echoing over the lake as they ride the southern winds into the darkening clouds.