March 2014: The Children Are Tender
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
When I was a first grade teacher, I often taught my little students this snippet of a traditional nursery rhyme:
North wind doth blow
And we shall have snow
And what will poor robin do then,
He'll sit in a barn
To keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing,
I'd not thought of this ditty in years, until a week ago when I was outdoors taking photos of a particularly gorgeous Kansas sunset. Just look at those colors as a backdrop for this cottonwood tree (did you know the cottonwood is Kansas' state tree?) :
The evening was perfectly still and at about 50 degrees, it was a lovely night to be outdoors. I was snapping photos as the sunset changed from pink to peach to liquid gold when I felt the merest touch of a breeze on my right cheek. I turned toward the north and was instantly greeted by a cold blast of wind! Leaves began pelting me and I shot this little video:
It would have been a lengthier film, but a leaf whapped me in the forehead and I thought, "If that had been even just a small twig, it would have really hurt. A branch would hurt more. Maybe I'd better go inside!" I was cold anyway; the temperature had dropped several degrees in the span of just a few seconds.
I've never experienced a more rapid change of weather. I've often heard this statement: If you don't like the weather in Kansas, wait five minutes. On this November evening I didn't have to wait that long!
Monday, November 3, 2014
Despite the spiders (do they KNOW Halloween is coming?) and the small snake that startled our UPS driver when she dropped a package onto our front porch, I enjoyed our October. After a long, dusty summer, the air seemed cleaner and the light more brilliant. We didn't receive a killing frost until late in the month, and so the leaves held to the trees a bit longer than usual. I love cottonwood trees and have embedded an 11 second video of how the wind turns their leaves to glitter, along with a view down our country road and an October Kansas sunset. Enjoy!
|The cottonwood trees from the video clip are visible in this photo. They are the tallest trees with light colored trunks, center/right.|