Yep. It's November, all right. One day the temps are down in the teens, then two days later they reach the mid-70s (see my last two blog posts). And after that, mostly gray has prevailed. Maybe the sun breaks through for a bit, but low clouds soon cancel out that bit of blue in the sky. Next day, some rain, a few flakes of snow. A sunny day dawns promising, but a chill wind drives the cold inside the winter coat. It hasn't been very inviting out there, for this aging old lady with an arthritic knee. But I have ventured out since I posted here last, just for an hour or so here and there. And I'm always glad I did. Nature always has something delightful to offer. Even in November.
November 10, Bog Meadow Brook Nature Preserve
November 18, Evergreen Plants at Mud Pond
I didn't get out until afternoon on this freezing-cold day. On my way to a powerline clearcut near Mud Pond at Moreau Lake State Park, I was surprised to see how thickly icicles hung from the spring-watered boulders along Spier Falls Road, despite their exposure to hours of sunshine this day.
November 19, Moreau Lake Shore
This Thursday afternoon was breezy and cold, but breaks in the clouds let a few rays of warming sun cast a golden light on the north shore of the lake. My friend Sue had joined me to see how far we could walk on dry land around the lake. But first we had to cross the brand-new bridge that spans the narrow waterway between the main lake and the back bay. Thanks go to The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park for providing the funds to replace the old bridge, which had been much in need of repair.