Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time's a wasting
The only way I can make the dull fall colors of 2013 look bright is to take a photo when the sun is low during the first shining of the day. In most years, early morning light on the mountain to my west would look almost too bright, nearly hurting my eyes. Not this year. Maybe winter will be more interesting.
And that reminds me—I’m going to have to buy new snowshoes. The plastic on my 15-year old snowshoes finally broke and doesn’t appear to be repairable. I haven’t had enough snow the past several years to even use my snowshoes except once or twice. But I know how things go. The very year I don’t have snowshoes I will get one of those rare, four foot snows and will desperately need them. Rather than deal with that, it’s simply easier to buy a new pair. Buying a new pair is just as likely to keep a big snow away, too, which is also how things go. I’ve heard this called the snowblower effect, too. If you buy a snowblower, it’s almost certain there won’t be any snow the first year you have it. But if you don’t have a snowblower—expect a blizzard.
As you can tell, now that the leaves are falling, I’m already looking ahead to the winter. My bird feeders are in place and are used by the local chickadees, titmice and nuthatches. I’m already starting to plan how to winterize the chicken pen, and I’m picking up and putting away various things around the cabin that have been outside since April—chairs, a bench, that kind of thing. I’ve already seen snowflakes once this year—briefly for about five minutes or less. The next batch of those are likely to be more sustained and then are likely to be followed by actual flurries, perhaps then a dusting and before I know it, there will be snow on the ground.
I’ve been fooled before by autumns that seem to last forever. I can get lulled into thinking that this season will last for at least another week or two, only to suddenly come face-to-face with winter’s first wrath. This is not the time to procrastinate!