Early Winter Thoughts

It is just before 5 p.m.. The sun set a few minutes ago, far to the south of where it set during the summer.  Clouds over the lake obscured the sun as it made its descent, erasing what had been a promising sunset. Now, the sky overhead has cleared and the bare limbs of trees are silhouetted against the darkening early wintry sky.

Cold weather has yet to truly set in, although it has made a few brief appearances. The other morning we awoke to snow, the ground covered; it had been raining when we went to bed but changed to snow overnight. There are no major storms in sight, keeping with the tendency of truly wintry weather to set in ever later in December. When I moved here forty years ago winter often began before Thanksgiving, now its onset moves ever closer to Christmas. Continue reading

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A Blustery Fall Day

A blustery, wild snow-flurry driven day following a soggy warm morning. Must be November!

Thursday marks Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.., Canada having celebrated about a month ago. While the concept of expressing gratitude for the harvest is pretty much universal, the holiday here is rife with conflicts and complex nuance, perhaps more this year than in most. Continue reading

Landscapes of Identity: Ancestors

A ragged sky greeted us this time change altered morning.  While days and, especially, nights remain well above climate norms, the extreme warmth of the past two months appears to be behind us.  After last weekends extreme storms, across the landscape autumn moves quietly towards winter, the trees stripped of leaves and each day’s temperatures trending downward. Continue reading