I snapped this photo on the morning of November 3. I was on my way to an environmental education conference in the central part of the state, and despite the fact it was well into mid-morning there was still a heavy cover of frost over everything, sparkling in the autumn sunlight as I drove south. Every time I passed a bog and saw the leatherleaf, spruces, and golden tamaracks frosted silver, I wished I could stop and take a photo. Finally I came to two realizations: first, I had packed my camera in my bag for the conference, and second, I was in no particular hurry and had time to stop if I wanted to. So at the next bog I passed I pulled over onto the shoulder and did my best to capture what I was seeing.
I’m entering the last three weeks of my first semester of grad school (hard to believe I’ll soon be a fourth done with my master’s degree – time flies). This means that all of my various final projects and assignments for my classes are all coming due at once, and when you add that to my assistantship duties my time available to spend wandering around outside looking for birds and taking photos dwindles to near zero. The fact that there’s a depressing lack of snow at the moment doesn’t help my motivation, either – when there’s snow on the ground this place looks like Narnia, but without it winter is just cold and dark and depressing. Still, I need to remember to take time out occasionally to ramble in the woods before I leave for nearly a month for the holiday break.
Hope everyone is taking care of themselves. I didn’t say it on Thanksgiving, but thank you to all of you who read this blog; the feedback and discussion you provides adds so much richness to my experiences as a naturalist and educator.