In a matter of weeks or shall I say days, we have gone from rich colorful leaves of gold, bronze and red to barren trees. Life! It is ever-changing whether we notice or not. The earth is still turning on its axis and doing what it has always done.
Seasons change. People come and go as do some jobs. This is a stark reminder that as the adage goes, “Time waits for no man.” It would behoove us to a take a moment out of our busy schedules, whether that includes those Zoom meetings, tapping on our laptops or scrolling on our devices and stop, look, and listen to nature.
Poets, writers, novelists, painters, and songwriters have always acknowledged nature’s magnificence. It tells us stories and warns us of things to come. The weather even helps us make conversation with those who we otherwise have no common ground.
Taking notice of the sky has served farmers and planters for eons as they make decisions about their crops. They can see the rain clouds, or the storms brewing and then they know if it is the best time to sprinkle seeds, cultivate, pull up weeds or gather their harvests.
Looking at these swift changes that have taken place with these trees pictured here, remind me that Old Man Winter is on his way. And before he makes his frosty arrival, we all should check our stockpiles, put our houses in order and prepare to hunker down so that we can ride out those ensuing storms.
Lynn M. November 14, 2020