On the way to my car, I noticed this little piece of nature, frozen in time. A selection of neighbourhood leaves were artfully arranged by the autumn winds, and a night of freezing rain holds them in place. The ice is clear as glass, and tiny whiffs of snow are caught in the little imperfections on the surface. I may be the only one who sees this little scene, or finds it beautiful, but it reminded me again, that there are things to see, if only I look.
August, all is green, birds are singing, and the sun stays unset until late evening. The sights are colourful, the breezes are warm. In summer, nature flourishes.
October, the tree has exchanged its green leaves for gold, the summer birds have left until spring comes again, and the sun disappears in the early evening. Nature slows its pace, but puts on a fantastic autumn display.
November, all the leaves are gone, and a blanket of snow covers the ground. The days are shortened even more. Winter birds sing, and scour the neighbourhood for a bird feeder that a considerate resident will keep filled during the season of cold.
Early May, and spring has truly arrived in my neighbourhood. The tree that I’ve been observing for almost a year, is covered with reddish blossom-like buds, which are even more colourful than the foliage of fall.
Mid May, and “my tree” is back to green again. The area is alive with the happy sounds of renewal.
One more photo, to highlight another interesting feature, is below. This is the side of the tree unseen in the rest of the pictures. I think it displays the tenacity of nature to survive and thrive, season after season.
In October last year, I took a photo of one of my favourite walking paths, and later, in November, took another picture in a different part of the park. That post can be found here. Fast forward 4 months to March, and the path looks like the picture above. The problem with this winter has been the unpredictable weather. In one week we can experience a blizzard, rain, gale force winds, melting, freezing, sun, and clouds. Spring, where are you?
I’ve posted before about the large number of rabbits in our area of the city. With much of the ground covered with snow, the usual food sources must be a little harder to come by. While walking I spotted this fallen branch. The exposed side has had the bark completely chewed away. I hope the feast was enjoyed!