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.
Looking down at Horse Shoe Lake
Horse Shoe Lake at Skyline Ridge
Ring-necked Ducks on Horse Shoe Lake
Picnic table above Horse Shoe Lake
deliciously as joggers
pound asphalt bike trail
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