The road in front of the house leads to work ski patrolling at Elk Mountain and continues on to Chet’s Place, a great source of good food and companionship.
Absent much interest in anything else, I pass the same view near daily.
Late last Autumn, I noticed that what had been marshy seemed to be a bit wetter than usual. A couple of birch in one of my favorite stands had been fallen.
Winter white covered everything for a couple of weeks obscuring the change that had been occurring.
This recent thaw removed all ice except that on what had at once been only damp.
A slow ride with intent along the valley revealed that the tipping point had been reached.
Revealed by the contrast of dormant grass and ice a couple more beaver dens appeared southward from what had been the main community.
A gentle arc alongside the birch stand described a beautifully engineered dam. Further south, yet another dam had been built and was now holding back a considerable amount of water.
When one finally awakens from life’s routines, great change becomes evident.
Weather, the type common around the solstice, dresses the neighborhood in some of her winter’s finest.
Cold trowels Crystal Lake an ice skim coat,
diffuses the last of autumn sunsets,
of the last of decade’s autumns.
Days of recent weather conspired coating twigs, branches, trunks alike in wind directed white.
“That’s the storm that will change the season.” mother would say in autumn during a particularly blustery storm. Sure enough, the air would soon change from fatigued autumn to decidedly winter.
From the top of Elk Mountain, near gaudy reds and yellows pour through the neighborhood.
A community of larch splashes gold near neighbor pines.
Nearly all green not long ago, soon to be pine punctuated silver white, now, this.
Late afternoon illuminates a favorite hill top in early Autumn splendor.
Autumn green fades, pastel sky smiles over soon to blaze hills.
Autumns first week pours clouds into valleys.
Goldenrod prominents west yard hill in prosperous gold.
Sun and Saturn direct effect gorgeous illumination.
Drawn into unfamiliar abundance, trembling momentum radiates.