Monday, October 23, 2006
Winter is Coming
Today was the first day that I've felt the pull of the season past autumn and towards winter. It was one of those blustery late October days. The sky was dark with clouds that raced from one horizon to the other. I almost expected to see snow flurries mixed in with the sprinkles of rain, though it was probably still a degree or two too warm for that.
Activitiy at my feeders is picking up. The squirrels have invaded. The red-bellied woodpecker is now a frequent visitor. The white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, tufted titmouse, blue, jays, black-capped chickadees, northern cardinal and at least one Carolina chickadee are the most regular visitors. The cardinals are the first and last visitors of the day, coming so early in the morning and so late in the evening that I can only see their silhouettes.
My photo today is taken looking down an abandoned ski slope that faces west at Roundtop. I've been told that ski resort couldn't keep snow on it because it got so much winter sun. Tonight the wind is a few decibels shy of a howl, and already I can see that the leaves are starting to drop. I don't quite have my winter view out the back deck yet, but I can see the outline of the mountains through the leaves now. It won't be long. Winter is coming.