Just For Today - Dec 25, 2007
Just for today, I am going to hang up my counter-feminist hat, and be a regular normal guy who enjoys innocent things like going out in the woods to take pictures. Yes, earlier today, I was crouching over my text editor composing a somber, end-of-the-world diatribe. Of a sudden, the flicker of descending snowflakes caught my eye through the hairline gaps in the venetian blinds. Yes: a white Christmas! Does that give you a warm fuzzy feeling, eh?
So, I pulled on my big thick coat and grabbed my digital camera and headed out. Above, you see a sample of the takings. It's a thicket of alder trees with nary a spruce, Douglas fir, bigleaf maple or madrona anywhere in sight. The area is carpeted with blackberry brambles - a mat of choking vegetation! And a swampy little creek meanders through it, broadening at the lower end into a small, frog-infested pond. At the outflow of the pond, the creek continues on its way into a dark, majestic forest of evergreens.
All sorts of critters live hereabouts. In addition to the two-legged kind we are too familiar with, you will meet up with raccoon, possum, deer. . . and upon my word I once saw a fox crossing the road in the early morn. Or perhaps it was a coyote - hard to tell.
You go way deep in the woods and you'll even find lynx and black bear! And of course, you'll hear the owls who-who-whoooo-ing in the night. ;)
Snow is comparatively uncommon around these parts, but it does occur now and again - as you can see. By the time I took this photo, it was already turning into slush on the ground. I'm pretty sure it will melt away by tomorrow, which is good! I don't want to drive in it.
Anyway, be merry if you feel like it! ;)