|All ready for Christmas|
Fall has been lingering around here. Every so often, since back in October, I’d spot a glimpse of autumn. First it was the dogwoods, they've been bare at least two months. Then, in early November, the Sweet Gums began to change color. They seem to be a multitude of colors, from yellows to reds. It seems the water oaks have been changing for months now, but many of the trees are still green. They are a mystery to me. The highlight, however, are the hickories which are a brilliant yellow. In the early morning, with a bit of fog and the sun burning through on it, the hickories are stunning (and I need to get a photo of this!). Of course, most of the trees such as the pines, live oaks, magnolias, American holly and palms, remain green all year. And then there is the Spanish moss that is always gray. According to the clock, fall is about to run out as winter moves in next week and I am still wearing shorts and, at the most, a light coat. If the trees are an indicator of a bad winter, we’re in for a whopper, for the live oaks have produced a bountiful harvest of acorns. There have been times it sounds like I am driving on plastic packaging wrap, the kind that has the air pockets that pop, when driving out the driveway or pulling into a parking lot shaded with oaks. What would a bad winter feel like here? The lights remind me that Christmas is around the corner, but it still doesn’t quite feel like it is time… Even in what they consider hard winters around here, there is seldom snow. No white Christmas this year, but still the season is one of joy and excitement and I am looking forward to celebrating.
|A recent foggy morning|