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November 23, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Frost in the Forecast

For me, winter starts when I cut the ginger lilies.

So today, even though it was warm enough to open the windows, winter arrived in the yard. Our forecast calls for temperatures near freezing Saturday night, and I didn’t want to risk losing any of the bulbs to frost.

As I worked my way through the tangle of stalks, I recovered three chimes that had broken off of a wind chime and two birdhouses that had fallen during one of the recent storms. Somehow, repairing the wind chime made me feel a little less guilty about the lingering scent of unfinished blooms.

The cats followed my progress, moving from window to window as I moved from bed to bed.

(Please excuse Vanna’s sour expression. She was trying to ignore the fact that there is room for two cats on that perch. Fortunately, a flock of robins arrived shortly after this picture was taken, providing a distraction from the uncomfortable standoff.)

The robins were soon joined by several warblers and a pair of hungry squirrels.

Today’s strangest sighting was this very disheveled red admiral butterfly. It seemed to be heading south, perhaps following the opposite path of spring’s massive red admiral migration.

Wherever it was going, I hope it gets there safely. And I hope it was able to pause, for a moment, and enjoy tonight’s beautiful sunset.

4 Comments

  1. Jeanette Gallagher / Nov 23 2012 8:55 PM

    Must have been hard cutting back those beautiful flowers but you didn’t kill them – you want them to come back, right? Beautiful pictures! Thanks Rae.

  2. Gillian / Nov 24 2012 8:35 AM

    Robins are becoming scarce in our area. While a few will undoubtedly stick out the winter here, most have already left or will soon be departing.

  3. bardessdmdenton / Dec 3 2012 8:17 PM

    Yes, I still have some snapdragons blooming – in a couple of large pots – and I haven’t yet been able to pull them out and throw them away. They have survived some severe frosts and even a covering of snow. I guess I am waiting to find out how long they will last …

    Thank you for another fascinating reflection on the nature of things around you, Rae, and for wonderful photographs!

    I have been having trouble LIKING posts on my notebook computer, but please know that I do like very much!

  4. bardessdmdenton / Dec 3 2012 8:22 PM

    Love the expression on the cat’s faces (and the stance of their bodies, for that matter) – they are never discreet with their feelings, are they?

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