Changeable November -- falling leaves, falling temps, snow, sun, rain . . . . this weekend it is warm and rainy. A few weeks ago we woke to a frosty morning, full of sugar-coated leaves.
The stores all think it is the season to be jolly and practice retail therapy. Outdoors the picture is more unexpected. These photos are all from Goshen in the past two weeks -- with frost on the leaves and crabapple blooms seen on the same day, a bright red Japanese maple leaf a few days later, snow on the crabapple tree this past Sunday, a yellow iris just a couple days before that. And in the last photo, these wild turkeys seem to have a good grasp on exactly what week this is, as they run for cover!
The view out my study window is a pretty ordinary backyard, but sometimes the lighting effects are unexpectedly dramatic. A week or so ago a storm was passing just north of us in the late afternoon. My eye was caught by the striking changes in the clouds and in the coming and going of light in the foreground. We got a flurry of leaves, but no rain. And then in the last picture, taken last night just before sunset, there is a completely different lighting effect -- and a lot fewer leaves on the trees.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.