And just like that, it is fall. Or so it feels as the temperature this morning was 47 degrees and the trees on First Street have a tired look before they change from previously verdant greens to vibrant reds and yellows. It is just a feeling since, intellectually, I know the earth never paused in its orbit. Today is different because the calendar says so and science agrees. Today the earth’s axis is neither tilted toward or away from the sun and we enjoy an equal amount of daylight and nighttime.
When you grow up the daughter and the granddaughter of carpenters, you appreciate trees and the lumber they provide. Fond memories of tagging along to Kleiner’s Lumberyard while Dad handpicked boards to be planed accompanied by harsh noise without benefit of ear protection in those days long before OSHA required safety and the sweet smell of sawdust or sweltering summer days spent planting trees at The 40 – trees that have grown from seedlings as small as my hand to stately pines.
As BeckyB of Winchester’s Square Challenge moves into week three of TreeSquare, I wondered what photos I might have of these natural wonders, these organic composites of cellulose fibers which have graced our planet for more than 375 million years. It turns out – not too many but enough to cover a year of seasons.
Tree locations ( although some no more):
- Spring blossoms – St. Paul, April 2021
- Summer loss – Rochester, July 2013
- Autumn brilliance – Moldova, October 2018
- Winter calm – Inseli, November 2012