Sunday, October 26, 2008

Frost in the Bottoms:

We call the low fields down along Dry Branch the Bottoms. This morning, when Alf & I walked down the hill to get the newspaper, I could see the first fairly heavy frost in the hay fields. The top of the hill can be 10 degrees warmer than the Bottoms.

This year the leaves have taken a subtle turn. The very dry Fall, I think, has made for generally subdued colors, with a few exceptions, all the more vivid viewed against the overall tapestry of browns.

When I woke up, it seemed that I'd spent an entire night deep in the past, brought on by yesterday's concentration on "You'll Always Come Back". So I've identified one of the cautions I need to keep in mind as I work on it ~ be sure not to neglect the beauties of the present, lest you, as Cebah says, "Overlook an orchid whilst searching for a rose."

Here are some of the present beauties in the Bottoms and on the Hill:









6 comments:

Apifera Farm said...

AHHHHHHHHHHH...I know this look. And I love Cebah's reminder. I suffer from this myself sometimes. We live in our heads much of the time. I think that's why the aanimals are so grounding for me. It's funny, we are having a spectacular fall. Usually more yellows, but his year, I think due to early summer heat in June [oh, yes, I KNOW you remember!} we are having reds. Oregon isn't full of the res like Minnesota was, but we do have big leaf maples out here. So gorgeous. And when the fog settles in the morning, and the leaves are goldne, and a donkey brays, geeze, just pinch me!

SBD said...

Never knew where that phrase originated. I've spent most of my adult life repeating searching for an orchid....nice to know it was another of Cebah's gems...perhaps I only heard: Better stand up straight & keep your mouth shut and no one will know how dumb you are. Do you want to end up sewing crotches in pants at Palm Beach? Mind you, I don't think these comments were specific to me, but more directed to the sloths of the world....but if the shoe fit, she didn't mind including anyone in earshot!!!
She knew the great value in expanding the mind, but would also encourage the a little daydreaming if all chores were finished or at least appeared finished.
The frost laden bottoms were just the spot for daydreaming....on the way to Dry Branch.

SBD said...

Thanks for another beautiful morning, Dan....

Alan Evil said...

Nice that you're getting some color. We're only seeing bits in the maples. Otherwise it's sad and brown.

Dan Dutton said...

We're having a surprise late rush of color. I thought it was probably past the possibility, but now we're seeing bright reds & oranges - I think that last rain made the difference.

SBD said...

We are heading to Philadelphia this weekend.
we are hoping the fall colors will dazzle us!