I have been struck this Christmas by an overriding incongruity. This is the most wintery of holidays, and everything, from the food to the songs, is about cold and snow and fireplaces. But it’s dry and sunny and not nearly cold enough to light a fire. Even the decorations in the shops seem to have broken with tradition. How about this cool snake?(which I would have bought if I had room on my tree.)
This photo could have been taken in October. (Check out the Cooper’s hawk perched in the middle of our stone wall.) Also notice the neighbor’s lawn on the left, which his idiot landscapers fertilized and treated last week AFTER cutting it – in mid-December! The result is burned turf, and because grass can’t absorb anything now because it’s dormant, most of the nutrients and poisons ran right off into the salt pond during the heavy rain we had the next day. Thanks a lot, Dude.
I took this photo of the Pawcatuck River while walking with a colleague during our lunch break. The river separates Rhode Island and Connecticut. I was standing in the River Bend cemetery, a lovely and restful place. The other bank of the river is the CT side. Not very Christmasy this year, but peaceful and beautiful nonetheless.
Hiking in the woods on the day after Christmas, it was weird seeing everything all brown. Then we noticed a small pine, decorated with a few ornaments.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday.