Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Picture borrowed from LellePelles Flickr album.
Hoppas ni har det bra i höstmörkret runtom i världen!
The first advent weekend has come to Sweden and there are lights in all the windows in the houses. There is a compact darkness in the evening so any light is welcome. No snow has arrived, but this morning there was ice on the water puddles at least. If snow doesn´t come by Christmas Eve, my son says he will run around the house in swimwear.
I hope you all have a good time in the autumn darkness around the world.
Monday, November 21, 2011
(Photo by Jennanana on Flickr, 'Rakes', Creative Commons license)
There seems to be a type of people that can't stand fall. They can't enjoy the gorgeous beauty of fallen leaves, transitions of seasons, and to let fall be fall. Instead, they bring out their noisy, polluting, gasoline-monster leaf blowers and destroy the whole feeling of fall.
'Leaves are evil. Leaves have to go away. Leaves are ugly, dirty, nasty, and germy piles of nature's rubbish'. That is what their actions seem to say. I think this is just another rendition of the common fear of nature.
Dear neighbors, park managers, and landscaping companies, leaves are meant to fall in the fall. That is what nature is. It is part of the natural circle. But I guess you think nature is bad. Everything has to be organized, controlled, squeaky clean, and then, in effect, artificial and unsustainable.
It is not normal to have a green lawn without a leaf on it in October. It is abnormal. It is not normal to run a leaf blower for 2.5 hours straight on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It is bad, both for the Earth and your health. If the leaves bother you, get the rakes out and get some exercise at the same, in the nice quiet sounds of nature, such as swishing vulture wings, woodpecker's hole-making drumming, and screeching blue jays. Spare me the leaf blower terror, please, please....
(It turns out I am not alone. Los Angeles have banned leaf blowers, and here is a link to some more information about leaf blower terror in the US.)
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
It was dusk, therefore the photo isn't what it could have been. (Oh, and she was far away too and no telelens...)
These photos are from a week ago, last Sunday. What a weekend. Snowstorm, no power, in the middle of a gorgeous autumn. The peppers were rescued from the garden on Saturday morning, by Saturday afternoon everything was white and you could hear crashing trees and branches everywhere around you. Sunday morning we woke up to blue sky, sunshine, and wintry glistening snow, and a giant mess. Power was restored Monday, which was sooner than I expected based on all the tree damage. Our roads to our house were also opened on Monday afternoon, when the trees and power lines had been fixed. Our gasoline generator made sure we had power for the well, furnace, and fridge and freezers.
Nearly all our trees got severe damage, with the most damage on the maples, lilacs, and Metaseqouia (dawn redwood). There were branches down over our driveway, mailbox, truck, deck, and walkways... Most of these photos are from the day after, which felt like a crisp day in February, not October...
Conclusion, it did happen: More photos here.