Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I am a bit overwhelmed with sheer amount of the red and yellow and orange colors that surround me in the forest right now. Everywhere I turn is a brilliant color that would make a wonderful photo. I literally can't decide what to snap next. It's more than a little like being a kid in a candy store--too many choices, so little time, it all looks delicious. Then I saw this blue sunrise. It was the only blue around in this vast sea of red and yellow, and somehow that made my choice eaiser. I decided to make my blue sunrise today's photo.
Since last week's lovely change in the weather and temperature, that darned warmer weather has been creeping back, a degree here, another there, like a bad dog that's been put into another room and thinks I won't notice when it creeps a few inches closer every minute or so. Well, I've noticed. And since I tend to be mildy obsessive in my record-keeping about birds and weather (to name a few), I went back to some of my last year's weather data and discovered that by this time last year, I'd already had several light frosts. This year, I haven't been within 10 degrees of a frost. Then I checked the long-range forecast for the rest of this month, and there's nothing in it within 10 degrees of a frost.
Last year's "winter" barely qualified as one. It didn't arrive until mid-winter and then left early. So based on not yet having had a frost and with none in sight, I am already despairing for what this winter might bring. So what's it like where any of you are? Is it warmer than it should be? A lot? I guess I'm sort of hoping that my extreme warmer weather is anomalous, though in my heart of hearts I no longer believe this. I'm thinking of getting a bumper sticker that says "Global warming sucks!" or maybe if I'm having a better day, it would say, "Fight global warming. Winter's already short enough."