I never dreamed of anything as lovely as a dogwood hung with frozen spiderweb chandeliers melting in this morning’s advection fog!
Your yard may be white with snow but ours is black with grackles! River is frozen beyond them.
We couldn’t have kayaked up Pomonkey Creek during the Christmas bird count. It was frozen solid. But our local Great Blue Herons didn’t want to miss the count. They were huddled together in the marsh, hiding from the frigid North wind. How many can you count?
12/21/17 the southern sky bid goodbye to the Sun. Why does the real cold hit when the sun turns North?
Men have been in forests forever. And there is no escaping reminders of our presence. I won’t interfere with a surveyor’s tape but if you pick up whatever trash you can, you won’t ever see it again! You don’t need anyone but yourself to pat you on the back for removing trash. You know it’s gone. The next time you walk there, that trash won’t interfere with your enjoyment. Seeing trash that is out of my reach is very aggravating and I often spend way too much time trying to figure out a solution. But solving that kind of problem is so rewarding! Fellow pickers: keep up the good work! And Merry Christmas!
Thoroughwort is a member of the aster family which is a member of the daisy family! What a strange name for such a lovely plant! Here it is in December, chilling out, enjoying bug-free time! I could look at this plant forever!
Try to get a sunset view tonight or tomorrow night! The Winter Solstice is 12/21. But my husband says tonight is the longest night and it’s supposed to be cloudy here. Photo is of 12/20 sunset. Tonight it will set a little bit to the left of where it is in photo. Then the sun will pause and return to the north.
Please let me know if your sunset search is successful!
Before sunset the colors are difficult to capture. Date 12-4-17.
Once the sun is covered, colors reappear.
After sunset the clouds are in power. Now the sun’s light is reflected rather than blinding and in your face.
Enlargement of clouds low on horizon after sunset.