Last Wednesday, I flew back from to Richmond, then drove back to Twin Oaks. Despite having a lot of indexing work that’s been keeping me indoors, I have managed over the past couple of days to get out and about here and there, to take a look around and see how the season is unfolding.
During the week I was in Maine, the forest trees around Twin Oaks lost pretty much all of their leaves and fall colors. The woods here have taken on a very wintry aspect, which is pretty much they way they’re going to look until next April. There was no rain at all during the week I was gone, and at this point, we’ve gone about a month without any measurable precipitation. I’m not expecting that there will be any mushrooms around, although I’m not entirely ruling out a flush of late-season oysters if and when we ever get rain again.
Here’s how the woods are looking these days.
Friday was an unusually warm and humid day, despite being overcast and windy, it was actually warm enough to walk around in a thin cotton shirt and still be completely comfortable. I liked the look of the naked gray sycamore tree against the gray sky. The intricate architecture of trunk and branch is much more noticeable now that nearly all the leaves are gone.
A couple of photos from my back yard on Friday afternoon. Some of the fruit trees and bushes are still hanging on to a little bit of leafy foliage.
and the blueberry bushes, in particular, have turned a lovely bright red color. Notice the fig tree next to the blueberry bush, completely bare and leafless.
Saturday was another beautiful day, sunny, cool, and comfortable. There is a major cold front moving in, so Saturday was the last really pleasant day we’re going to have for a while. The day’s ultimate frisbee game was well-attended, and the late afternoon sun on the line of sycamore trees was quite dramatic.
Another shot of the treeline, all lit up with slanty late afternoon sunlight.
I left the game a little early to stoke the sauna; as I came to the top of the hill, I saw the trees all along the edge of the forest lit up all dramatic-like.
Just a few minutes before sunset.
Sometimes the most dramatic sunset colors aren’t of the setting sun at all, but the intense color and light effects created by the few moments of sunlight.
Heading down to the sauna, I was particularly impressed with the reflection of trees and sky in the mirror-still pond.
All in all, it was a very pretty end of a very pleasant day.
I stoked up the wood stove in the sauna. As I waited for the fire to heat it up to a proper sweaty temperature, I sat on the front deck of the sauna and watched the sunset colors in the sky, the reflection of trees and sky in the pond. I particularly like this “mirror image” shot.