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[Oct. 22nd, 2016|07:47 am]
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This morning i stepped out into crisp air. CRISP! I think i was traumatized by the miserable summer. Everyone says it was specially bad, not normal, but i am not going to get my hopes up. However, crisp! Hurrah.

The tulip poplars are dappled yellow and brown, dropping leaves like mad. The leaves are loud as they come down through branches, causing me to constantly look for the critter crashing through the woods. I'm raking a little bit up just because the tree seems to be planning to loose all its leaves this week.

I don't think it's going to be a pretty autumn at all. The elms seem to have just given up on having leaves. Only the dogwoods seem to be doing any color. Still, many trees are still green, so maybe the color will come soon -- Last year the first frost was Oct 19th; average date is Oct 30th.

The crisp air at 6 am silenced most of the insects, and, as it is Saturday, vehicular noise was absent as well. There was some yipping critter in the distance: dog or fox or coyote? And i heard a rooster for the first time. It was still night, no noticeable hint of dawn. The quarter-cycle moon was still incredibly bright: i look forward to having trails through the woods to walk in the moonlight. The stars - wow, even with the moonlight there seemed more than i would see in the light pollution of the bay area.

Today i'll burn more brush: we need to line the chipper up soon. This evening we will go into Raleigh for a concert by the Raleigh symphony. We'll see how spoiled i have become by the Philadelphia and San Francisco performances: i don't think my ear is trained enough yet to notice. Tomorrow is a wildflower walk: Christine needs the new camera for an interview, so i'll be testing to see if the old one actually works after its wacky behavior in Death Valley.

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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2016-10-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
Darn you, tempting me with talk of chippers....
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2016-10-23 01:03 pm (UTC)
I love crisp Autumn air.

We tend to get more dependable color from the grasses than from the leaves, except for those rare Autumns preceded by/accompanied with chilly Septembers. You are perhaps a bit north of us, but I'll bet you have to drive a bit north to see ideal color.

I've never really been to New England in October, but I have gotten to see West Virginia in November--a really lovely sight.

Edited at 2016-10-23 01:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: michikatinski
2016-10-25 07:10 pm (UTC)
Your words are delicious. :) ♥ Thank you for this portrait of your morning. You remind me of Annie Dillard. Do you ever read her?
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