We continued down the trail through the woods. A maple tree was dropping its leaves quickly, covering the trail. I like the pattern of leaves on the ground in the fall.
These leaves were accumulating on the trail in a loose carpet several inches deep.
The trail then emerged in another meadow with a nice view across the river to a footbridge we had crossed on our last visit.
Mrs.F.G. spotted another tree with a large circle of leaves underneath. Off she went to investigate.
The leaves were exactly like Sugar Maple leaves, but the bark certainly wasn't!
It took us a little while after we got home to decipher these, but this was a London Plane Tree, planted as one of a group in the park. The darker leaves in the lower left and upper right are the London Plane tree leaves; the others are Sugar Maples. London Plane trees are native to Europe and widely planted in cities because they can handle the poor air quality. If you've been to London or Paris for example,the boulevards are lined with huge London Plane trees. I haven't see any in North America outside an arboretum.