Tomorrow is the first day of winter and, to this point, autumn has been an odd assortment of cold and warm. There is little hint of snow to be seen and if there is anything for Christmas Day, for all who like a white Christmas, it will be just a few flurries mixed with a lot of rain. The weather of late is not at all what we would expect and has not been so for a few years now. Most of my friends understand that the climate is changing, but one or two are steadfast deniers and will reference some scientist’s rebuttal as proof that it just is not so…..or “Hey, it was pretty cold last winter”. But the majority of climatologists vouch for the change and I am in line with their thinking. OTOH, I am not a scientist and am not here to change anyone’s mind. Time will tell, although it probably will prove out after I am gone.
This morning was frustrating. It seems that most mornings when I head out the sky looks relatively promising from my neighborhood. But I cannot see the horizon from here and today, as all too often, when I did see it there was a huge cloud bank that ended up blocking the sun for a couple of hours before things cleared up. I am not sure why this happens so often. Of course, when I am driving in to work around sunrise the sky does not seem so overcast. Go figure. 🙂
Today’s image is from a past autumn in Belchertown, MA. This particular scene is along a part of the Monadnock-Metacomet Trail that is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Unfortunately, much of Hop Brook has received a lot of deadfall recently and most will just stay there for a few years until they rot and heavy rains and spring melt swell the flow to wash them downstream. For now, this location no longer resembles what you see here.