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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Autumn Lore

Maybe I like the weather here because the only thing I have to compare it to is that of northern Illinois. Chicago nights get below fifty degrees this time of year and it's only going to get colder. Some people love that. I am not some people. Santa Ana winds (as opposed to sleet coming off Lake Michigan) are all the bluster I need. My idea of the perfect white Christmas is here.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The winds are just picking up. It's still autumn. Halloween birthdays are a-happening. (My sister Gina B's, is today - hbd!) Goblins peer out from the deepening dark. An old year ends. As it has since people first rose up on two feet, a new year dawns out of night.

18 comments:

Cafe Observer said...

Happy B-Day to Sister Gina!
I hope, P, your gift to her was a home internet connection.

Shell Sherree said...

"... deepening dark..." Oooh, I love that, Petrea! {And a happy birthday to Gina.}

Lori Lynn said...

I don't mid the Chicago weather, but then again I haven't lived there since 1981. Maybe I forgot?

Very cool pic!
LL

Petrea said...

Thanks, Cafe. She got her internet all set up a while back and all's well.

Shell, I was writing last night when it was dark and blustery and the goblins were on the back porch, thinking about putting my plants in the driveway again.

Lori, the Chicago weather in June can't be beat. But I went back once in February and I could barely move! It's shocking how much I've acclimated here.

altadenahiker said...

Oh yes, remember those days of wind chill factor? The radio wouldn't let you forget -- even tho the thermomether read 20 degrees, it was minus 200 with the wind chill factor.

Greg Sweet said...

Looks like European White Birch (Betula pendula)??

Petrea said...

Oh yeah, I remember the wind chill factor! I actually felt it this morning.

Could be, Greg. I was in the woods and I know we have 'em here.

altadenahiker said...

Yeth, the thermomether thaid that.

Katie said...

I'll happily join you on that beach to discuss Samhain-Halloween similarities and compare winter weather stories from Chicago and Minneapolis. And to raise a glass to Gina to celebrate her Birthday!

HearkenCreative said...

Wow, this is different and beautiful, Petrea! I love the almost-sepia feel, and the darkness. Very nice.

Spent last night reattaching the rose vine to the front of the house after the gale-force winds blew it off. Oh well...it's time for a major pruning.

Bellis said...

The Celts don't have a what-you-read-is-what-you-hear language, do they? If Siobhan is pronounced Shawn, how do I say Samhain? I need to know because on Saturday, I'll be saying it a lot - makes a change from Hallowe'en.

Lynn said...

Great Halloween pic! Dark and mysterious...

Greg Sweet said...

Oh, I assumed the photo was taken in town. If this from our local mountains it is an Alder tree (Alnus rhombifolia) - same family as Birch and they both have the little cones that are in the photo.

Virginia said...

Well I"m just bowing to you on this one P. Dark and moody and just fabulous. I would have tried to lighten this one and you are so spot on. It's perfect !!!!
V

Anonymous said...

Thank you, my dears! This is my last (public) birthday. Except I joined a birthday app on Facebook and got a ton of salutations, so maybe there will be a few more!

Everyone be spooky and safe this weekend

GB

Petrea said...

Forget Chicago, we're supposed to have temps in the 40s here tonight. But it turned pleasant this afternoon.

Katie, already up for more travel? You and me both.

Thanks, Loren. So sorry about the roses! But they're heartier than they look.

Bellis, I've always heard it pronounced "Sam-Hane." But it's an old word. I don't know how the ancients said it.

Why thank you very much, Lynn.

Greg, the forest is still closed, as you probably know, but I didn't until Sunday. The list of closures was taken down from inci-web so I assumed the Angeles National Forest was open but it's not. This was in a stand of woods not far from JPL before the official entrance to the forest.

Wow, thanks, V. I like the darkness of it, too. Now that I have the Canon I can shoot some darker stuff and I want to work on that. And happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday, Gina! I just found out today you and Virginia have the same birthday, how about that?

Ms M said...

Happy birthday to your sis!
Your photo is fascinating -- has a "vintage" look -- excellent for that Halloween spirit.

Virginia said...

Merci P, many wellwishers from FB and our blog crowd. Makes turning this age a little easier!
V