Friday, December 11, 2015


What the heck is WITH  this weather?!  Sixty degrees today, and almost nearly that every day this week.  I even found a whole row of the tiny white flower called Galinsoga blooming today, pushing up from a crack in the sidewalk.  No doubt this warm weather is a boon to the throngs of Christmas shoppers I met crowding downtown Saratoga Springs today, but I don't like it.  Sure, the warmth is more comfortable, but I worry about what it means for the plants and animals that in ordinary years would be settling down for the winter by now.  They have evolved to do this.  Don't they need their period of rest during the cold of winter?  Ah well, what will be will be, and I can't do anything about it.  But I sure hope the climate talks going on in Paris now bring about some real efforts to address climate change in meaningful ways.


Woody Meristem said...

Ah, but we can each individually do our little bit to help avoid climate change -- get our electricity from renewable sources, drive high mpg vehicles, but most of all, put pressure on and vote against politicians who deny climate change.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

You're right, Woody Meristem, and I already do most of those things. In addition, I hope that my blog helps to create love for the natural world that stands to suffer as weather patterns shift in ways that are harmful to plants and animals as well as people.

The Furry Gnome said...

We hardly ever get this extended November weather, especially with warm temperatures. But it's great for walking because you can see so far through the woods. Just the moss and ferns provide so e green on the forest floor. It's an interesting season all on its own - but like you say, a little scary if this is the future!