Leafless tree with empty birdfeeder



Lonely tree with empty birdfeeder waiting for the first snowfall. 



Dark-eyed Juncos and Pine Siskins

Oct. 15     The temperature rose in the night and may get into sixties today.  Our neighbood is filled with Dark-eyed Juncos and Pine Siskins flitting about the trees, lawns and especially Sally's Wild Garden.  I have seen several White-crowned Sparrows on the lawn--they are welcome visitors both spring and fall.  The great exedous of honking geese reminds us to finish up the fall chores. 

White River Rock



Big rock - a head
Fissures for eyes, blinking content and
drooping with age.
Fissure mouth extends across
in a long, cracking grin,
Mass at the corner is moist tongue,
The head rests, supporting youthful play.


Poem by Paul Mollomo, II
Portland, Maine

First Killing Frost

Oct. 13     The first killing frost of the season greeted us this morning.  Last week R turned over the soil in his pumpkin patch and when I walked over it this morning on my way to let the chickens out, it was frozen hard. 

First Snow, 2012

Oct. 12  Although brief, the first snow of the season fell during the afternoon.  The hard pellets, known as gropple  or graupel-- are one of the words that describe a specific type of snow.