Monday, December 28, 2015

Are You Paying Attention?

The world is changing.  She shrugs her shoulders big time in China and she sneezes in Texas and she catches cold in Colorado.  Here, where I live, she seems to be banking the warm fires for so long that I actually welcome this 40F degree day today.  Even the geese seem disoriented in our river wondering what happened to the winter.  The fall was so long and so lovely that I cannot help but think we are not paying the price yet that others are paying.

We went for a walk in the nearby woods and marshland and I took a few photos that are an example of our non-winter winter.  There is not much birdsong or insect percussion in this place, but the warm air makes me think there should be.



You can hear the crackle of dead leaves and you have to be careful about pockets of wet marsh, but I have on my hiking shoes and do not worry.


So much rain and the moss has maintained is brilliant green retaining nature's compass.




The beaver is engineering the flow of the water to suit his winter home.



And this cattail looks as if it is throwing up his arms in celebration of a little bit of sunshine, at long last.

10 comments:

joeh said...

Crazy weather, I am afraid that the late warmth will confuse the plants and make for a strange spring.

ellen abbott said...

our summer reprise came to a screeching halt yesterday with a 40˚ plunge in temperature. sunny out now but still very windy.

Linda Reeder said...

I'm happy to be house bound this morning, but now you have convinced me that I must get out for a walk this afternoon, maybe in a different location than just the neighborhood. We are cold here, at just the edge of snow, but not quite. Cold rain is miserable. But we are in store for a few dry days, so as long as it is not raining, we will be paying attention to our corner of the world, a corner where we are very happy to have the snow return to our mountains after a very dry 2015.

messymimi said...

The swamps have gotten a bit chilly a closer to a seasonal normal. We will continue to be wet, but that's a swamp for you.

The Furry Gnome said...

The warmer-than-normal weather seems to have ended here, but we'll see if qe survive this nasty storm we're having tonight - ice pellets and freezing rain.

Red said...

We usually say we'll take the nice weather while we can. Thanks for sharing you fine weather,

Mage said...

Oh, marvelous. Thanks for taking us along.

Celia said...

Such beautiful walks you take. The weather is strange in many places. Crossing my fingers for a good snow pack here to end the drought. Last year each snow washed away in a rain.

John Edwards said...

What lovely photos - as always. It's still warm and wet here in the UK.

chris said...

New Hampshires's lovely extended fall ended abruptly last night with sleet, freezing rain, and snow. I have to say, I loved the balmy weather while it lasted, and was a bit discouraged to see this morning's snow. That said, I understand that what we have now is winter as it should be - and I do worry about what's happening to our weather patterns. My Spring bulbs began to sprout a few weeks ago. I'll be curious to see what they do in the Spring...