Friday, December 7, 2007

When Seasons Collide

The poor trees. First there was the drought. Finally that pattern broke and the rains came. But it was hot and humid until the very end of October. Naturally confused as to what season it was, the trees hung on, continued to feed chlorophyll into their leaves. Some of them were still operating in late summer mode this week, before the snow, that is.

All those nice green leaves are on the ground now, brought down by the heavy snow. As you can imagine, the trees that shed them are looking a little dishevelled, maybe even forlorn. I would be, if I were a tree.

Spring was too cold, summer was dry and congealed, and went on way too long. Fall was very nice, though late, and now winter has jumped the gun, slipped in a bit ahead of schedule. What ill-mannered seasons we've endured in 2007!

I wonder if the trees agree. Happy weekend ya'all.


Steve said...

From the looks of that second photo, we had a bit more transition than you all did -- I've never seen a tree drop green leaves! Poor thing!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a beautiful shot of the rose iced with snow!

I think perhaps the trees "just be" - it's us who like to worry. :-)

d. chedwick bryant said...

Last January we had just a long warm thaw that our trees all began to think spring and start to bud-- this alarmed me because I thought it would destroy some of NY state's apple crop--and my lilac buds looked serious about opening way too early-- but somehow everything adjusted when winter weather returned full-force and hung on into early April.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ms. Vanilla I'm certain you're right. We are champion worriers, aren't we?

At least I am!