Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A little Appalachian glow

A little winter Appalachian glow greeted me at sunrise this morning. After yesterday’s wind, downed trees, power outages and now flooding, a clearing sky is a welcome sight.

The storm Sunday and yesterday got rid of the snow that had blanketed the forest. Now, the mountain looks like late November again. I quickly checked the long-range forecast to see when snow might return—perhaps this weekend, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

This morning a rabbit hopped in front of Dog and me, the first I’ve seen in a while. Likely the open ground makes foraging easier for it. I know my chickens like it. Snow is not really their forte. The Canada geese are also back on the pond, as the rain opened a corner in the ice so they can swim around again.

I am ever amazed at how quickly and readily the forest animals take advantage of improving weather, even after a violent storm. They are not shrinking violets, first sticking up a timid nose or a beak to test the air. The idea of PTSD must be foreign to them. The weather improves, and they are out and kicking up their heels. They seem to enjoy the improvement but certainly aren’t hesitant to be out and about again. They don’t look at the sky and wonder when the next big storm will come. They don’t wait a day to make sure the weather holds before venturing out again. It’s better. They are out. End of story.

My second photo today is how Appalachian glow looks from the inside.  The trees overhead just lit up during sunrise this morning.


Pablo said...

A fine contribution for Skywatch Friday.

ramblingwoods said...

I came via the Tree Festival. My daughter moved to PA last summer and we have traveled down from Buffalo Ny to visit and what a beautiful area to drive through..except during a snow storm....Michelle

My TF Herbie The Elm Tree

Jasmine said...

Very beautiful pictures. We saw so few raits last year. It was noticeale...

Anonymous said...

Lovely. I found you through the Festival of Trees. I notice the same quality you describe in the urban wildlife I watch here in Manhattan. On the coldest or stormy days, there may be literally not a single squirrel to be seen, but the moment it warms up - there they are, chasing each other up & down trees and eating everything they can find. Even the raccoons stay in their den on the very cold, stormy nights.

Ash said...

Hi Carolyn,
Just a quick comment to let you know that this post was submitted to the 44th
edition of the Festival of the Trees, which is now online at treeblog (http://www.treeblog.co.uk/)

Jacqueline said...

Love your post for Festival of the Trees. Your cabin looks like something out of a fairy tale. It's such a beautiful area.

Carolyn H said...

To all you tree festival people: thanks for stopping by. i'm glad you enjoyed the visit and don't be strangers!

Carolyn H.