The first official day of winter is Monday, December 21, known as the December solstice. So, legally, it's still autumn now. To close this season, these are several pictures reflecting how lovely last autumn was in the Pacific Northwest. The foliage stayed on the trees til late November showing all the pretty fall colors.
This tree has leaves of different colors simultaneously. Interesting, isn't it?
Fallen leaves decorated driveways, sidewalks and lawns.
The last leaves of autumn signaled the end of the season.
We are now somewhere between the seasons. The fall colors are gone, and the winter whites are not here yet.
This time last year we already had snow. The picture below was taken on the 15th of December 2008.
Yesterday, it was so warm, wet and green that it smelled and looked like spring. It was then when I realized that I am not ready for spring yet. I need to go through some cold, snowy days and weeks to long for warmth, sun and everything that spring brings. Well, I miss sun when I don't have it, but obviously I didn't suffer enough yet. I don't want to jump over the seasons. I want to experience them all. The same is true about the plants. They need a period of cold and a good rest that dormancy brings. A good winter brings a good summer.
Copyright 2009 TatyanaS