Sunday, November 30, 2008

The End of November



The thin cresent moon, framed by spruce trees, caught my eye as it followed the sun down in the southwest.

I took this photo about 5:30 pm. The sun had set about an hour and twenty minutes earlier, a little after 4 pm. Our short days have shrunk to just six-and-a-half hours now as we approach the solstice.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve

A fine snow filtered down from the overcast sky most of the day--not a real snowfall, just occasional small flakes--as fine as dust.

As I drove home from town this afternoon, the gray sky stretchd to a horizon defined by a band of light. Salmon-pink and orange glowed in the south and west like embers under ash.

As darkness fell, the wind picked up, a cold easterly. The temperatures fell to the mid-teens and in the twilight I watched the wood smoke from the new shop blow in pale puffs past the bedroom window.

We are hunkered down for the holiday, warm and cozy, as the quiet closes in around us.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Snow



About two inches of fresh snow fell today. Not enough to cover the baby spruce trees along the edge of the deck. But the snow season has arrived.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November View



I stopped on the way to town this morning to take photos from the scenic turn-out at the top of the hill. The clouds were low and gray over the mountains on the south side of Kachemak Bay and snow showers obscured the higher peaks.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Last Look



Dennis is working on installing a wood stove in the shop addition and reached the point of putting the stack through the wall. As he climbed down from putting the collar in place, he remarked, "That's the last time we will look through this hole.

So I climbed up on the ladder and took this snapshot of the view out the chimney-hole.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Quiet Season

This is the quiet season, the subterranean season, the time when life moves underground. In the natural cycle of the year, the span between Halloween and Yule is a time of stillness and reflection as the Earth slips deeper into the season of quiescence.

We took a sauna this evening and as we made our way back to the house, afterward, the full moon was rising in the northeast above Diamond Ridge. The Winter moon lights up the snow-wrapped darkness, transforming the landscape into a wonderland.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Transitions



We are in that transition season between fall and winter, experiencing rain one day, snow the next, and then a week of clear skies.

I am gradually putting my Halloween decorations away and digging out the holly and colored lights.

Friday, November 07, 2008

On The Door



I knew that I had just cleaned off the patio door a few days ago, so I noticed these muddy pawprints.

Since I also remembered hearing some cat-fight-like yowling the other night, I think one of the newly-arrived strays has taken up shadow-boxing with one of our guys.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Breathing

Today--for the first time in months--I feel like I can breath.

I know there are lean, hard days ahead for our nation. But I know two other things as well.

We won't face the darkness alone. We are together in our struggle and we will take care of each other.

And now we have hope.