Reflections of hay fields glow in the sky
Cottonwoods thinning their leaves by and by
Warm evening sunset brings hope for fine days
Before winter’s sun begins thinning its rays.
As one of our bloggers mentioned in the last post, there is another kind of snow lying around these days. I found some just down the street. I believe this huge tree is a cottonwood or its relative, a grey poplar. Its fuzz-covered seeds now fill the air and lie on the sides of the road, looking like real snow.
The black cottonwood that I’ve seen in Montana has darker bark, and leaves that are more rounded than those of this tree. This is why I wondered about it being a grey poplar instead, although they are still related.
The fluffy bits are like cotton balls, and maybe this is where the cottonwood got its name.
I’m so glad this snow will eventually blow away and that we don’t have to shovel it. Quite possibly it makes good fluff for lining a bird’s nest.
Do you have any fake snow where you live?
What are you looking at here? Let me help you get your bearings.
The hills in the distance, and beyond them the mountains you can’t see because of the low cloud cover, are on the mainland of British Columbia, just north of Vancouver. I am standing on Vancouver Island. You can deduce from that, that the city of Vancouver is not on Vancouver Island. In this photo we are looking to the east.
I’ve climbed up a hill a little way and am now looking to the south. You can see a spit of land that reaches out from the land’s end. The spit has been formed by a gazillion years of wave action swishing the sand along and dropping it to form a giant finger of sand. All the land you can see in this photo, including the mountains, is on Vancouver Island.
Looking to the west, you can see the sheltered water on the inside of the spit, and the harbour of Comox in the distance. Those toothpicks sticking up are the masts and trolling poles of fishing boats and sailboats in the marina. The two boats at anchor in the foreground are getting free moorage.
A few weeks ago, the Captain and I went for a walk that took us to the inside of the sheltered bay. You can see part of the spit in the distance on the far right horizon.
On the way to the trail we noticed the run-off from the excessive amount of rain we’d had. This is not a year-round creek, but a temporary run-off creek. I feel sorry for the large tree that has its feet in water, day and night. It may soon go the way of the broken off tree trunk in the photo below this one.
It may be broken off, but this tree is still serving a useful purpose. It is making many birds happy. Nuthatches and woodpeckers will make holes in the trees to nest in, and the bugs they find in the trunk help give them strength to continue their work and to feed their babies.
Farther along, we came to the boardwalk. I love this scene. You see the run-off creek completing the water cycle as it brings the rainwater back to the sea. It’s great to have the boardwalk and not have to wade through the creek.
The trees along the water are mostly deciduous types. They are probably cottonwoods and a few poplar or alder types mixed in. My guess is they are cottonwoods because those grow taller than the others, and these are a good size.
Even in the cool weather, you can have a great day going for a walk around your neighbourhood.
The sun warms my back, the wind cools my hair.
I photograph leaves that soon won’t be there.
Shushing and rustling cottonwood leaves,
Some cling to life in the stiffening breeze.
Others have flown, for the chilly night air
Has sent them a warning. “Oh trees, do beware.
The harsh days are coming; it’s time to prepare.
Your fluttering whispering dresses of gold
Must leave you alone now to suffer the cold.
But fear not, for soon you will warm up again.
New dresses will grow in the coming spring’s rain.”
The video clip is of ten seconds in Montana. The wind is rumbling a bit in the microphone and the Captain is calling Ruby with his whistle, but the main thing I love about the clip is the sound of the wind in the leaves. It’s best if you make it full screen and you can almost feel as if you are there under the trees. Be sure to turn on the sound. That’s what it’s all about.