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Saturday, December 13, 2008


The Seasons: Fall 2008


Walks through Woods * Haikus

The winter solstice begins eight days from now, on the morning of December 21. Here in the San Francisco Bay area we are in a cold snap. Weather forecast is for showers the next four days. There were signs that it rained last night. The morning is sunny; the sky is blue. So far the rainfall is just about 50% of the normal level. Long way to go before we catch up. If we don't, then the chances of severe drought and all related problems become very alarming.

Walks through the forests are very enjoyable though. Haven't come across chanterelles but found some oyster mushrooms. When I think back, in 2007, too, the rains came late and the first chanterelles emerged in December; it was not a very bountiful season.

Oyster Mushrooms
© David Arora, Mushrooms Demystified

Looking down at Horse Shoe Lake
© Musafir

Horse Shoe Lake at Skyline Ridge
© Musafir

Ring-necked Ducks on Horse Shoe Lake
© Musafir

Picnic table above Horse Shoe Lake
© Musafir

We had couscous cooked with shallots and golden raisins; chicken/fennell sausage; stir-fried sweet potatoes with sage and garlic-flavored brown butter (a Mark Bittman recipe); a North Coast zinfandel; comice pear, and coffee.

Autumn Haiku

Crisp falling leaves crunch
deliciously as joggers
pound asphalt bike trail

--Carol Nation
Source: Crisp Autumn Haiku

And from a poem by Coleridge:

Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, Fragment 3


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