Today dawned lovely and cold. The critters have been hungry in this cold snap and have visited the feeder frequently. Yesterday even the young fox trotted by.
Last week was tumultuous, weather wise. We experienced near record chill and about 8 inches of snow, deep for this time of year. The season transitioned from late fall to winter overnight, the sacred ceremony that lies just below the surface of things evident when we slowed down and noticed.
In the front of our house, nestled up close to our porch, stands a Japanese maple. In autumn its leaves turn magnificent vibrant reds and oranges. One day they were there in their splendor.
After a day and night of rain, snow, and wind, they were gone.
Two days later, winter had set in in earnest.