Roundtop has had both frosts and freezes this fall, but this morning was the first hard frost where I could get a photo. Even though the temperature was a chilly 27 for a few minutes this morning, as soon as the sun rose above the horizon, the warmup began. Now, just 3 hours after the early morning frost, the temperature is already up to 50, and the frost is long gone. The photos are all that is left.
I like the shadow of the rising sun’s rays on the oak leaf. You just know that frost will be gone momentarily. The photo captures the coming warmth of the day in the sun shadows while still showing the result of a cool night. Most of the leaves are down now. The few that are left are no longer even bronze but are more like a deep copper. The color is not much different than the color of the bark of the trees, so the forest is nearly monochromatic today. Even so, I find this a pretty time of year. The long vistas are back. I can see the mountain to the west, the pond to the north. I can even monitor the chickens’ whereabouts instead of just hearing their scratching.
I can see the sky again, and monitor the coming rain without having to leave the cabin to find a patch of open sky. Already the air has a chill, nearly raw feel to it. I was forced to clear as many leaves off the decks that I can, to avoid a sodden mess when the rain comes. Likely, my work will only be partly successful, as more leaves are already coming down. I hope the most of them are removed, but one good wind gust before the rain will be enough to negate my work.