Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall, Interrupted

In October, we like to look out at the hills and watch the color coming on.

This year was no different, at least at first.

A fox sat peaceably in the meadow.

Deer grazed in the grass.

A woodpecker tested out a bluebird box.

The evening sky glowed with color.

And then . . .

The lights went out and on and out and on again.  We heard a transformer blow; the lights went out for good.  The house stopped humming and went still.

Twenty-one inches of snow, they said.  

It took almost a week, but the lights came on again.  The refrigerator found its hum.  The snow melted; the air turned warm.

We looked up and learned the vocabulary of broken limbs.  Those high-up limbs that dangle down?  They’re hangers, or, depending on their placement, widow-makers, too.

The dogwood lost a limb or two, but made it through.

Fall, interrupted, has resumed.

Postscript:  For more on that refrigerator, click here.

Listening List

For a Spotify Listening List, click on Fall, Interrupted.

The Gathering Storm
John Coolidge Adams, Harmonium-Wild Nights

Jefferson Friedman, String Quartet No. 3 (Excerpt), played by the Chiara String Quartet
Fall, Interrupted
Shara Worden, Be Brave, featuring yMusic

Annie Clark (St.Vincent), Proven Badlands, played by yMusic
The Refrigerator Finds Its Hum
Judd Greenstein, Sing Along, played by NOW Ensemble
Dylan Mattingly, Six Night Sunrise (Music of Barges and Metallic Stars)
David Moore, And Then It Rained, played by Contemporaneous
Gregory Spears, Buttonwood (excerpt), played by the JACK Quartet


David said...

Yes - I was looking to your photography to catch the clash of seasons, and of course you've obliged. The top pic is better than the ones I've seen on the news for autumn colour v snow.

Beautiful. I envy your coign of vantage, but I don't envy all the trouble you've been through with the power outages. Guess you just had to be resourceful.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Susan:
Wonderful autumnal images and then so very unexpectedly, the cold and the snow. But, that said, you are surrounded by the most wonderful countryside to enjoy whatever the season. And such wildlife. Lovely.

The music clip we have enjoyed very much if a tiny bit on the mournful side. We are now off to a Saturday morning concert.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. 21 inches!! and outages - very unpleasant and unfortunate - but glad all is up and running now - nature seems to recover from earth's adrenalin rush.

Beautiful photos .. Hilary

Suze said...

'We looked up and learned the vocabulary of broken limbs.'

Speechless. Tears sprung to my eyes.

Rubye Jack said...

The Evening Sky photo looks just like it could be from the Hudson River School paintings of American landscape. Beautiful!!!

I love the changing of the seasons for the changing view points they lend us. Today, we have strong winds and a cloudy sky here, and the movement of the trees and shrubs is just so awesome.

Friko said...

I'm glad it's all over again and fall is back to normal.

Your pictures are gorgeous, I expect frost and snow have taken all that splendour away now.

I always find the freezer calamity the the hardest to bear; all that homemade food gone to waste.

Mark Kerstetter said...

Yes, I imagine you lost a refrigerator load of food; very sorry to hear about that. And


but surely all that snow killed the color. Didn't most of the leaves just fall off afterwards?

I'm listening to the John Adams now - it's great (really enjoying spotify).

Susan Scheid said...

To all: Sorry for the delay in responding to these lovely comments.

David: I love this phrase, coign of vantage. I’m thinking perhaps the next time someone comes to the house, I may have to wear a fancy neck scarf, hold an aperitif, and sweep my free arm out to display the view . . .

Jane and Lance: We are always aware how lucky we are to be in such a beautiful spot. By the way, I hope you enjoyed your concert, too.

Hilary: Well, I will tell you, in addition to the earth, it certainly gave us an adrenalin rush. And to top it off, there was a widespread power outage here (a few hours, only, thank goodness) again today. Since the last one, we’ve made a “little” home improvement, though, and I am here to say that a generator is a beautiful thing.

Suze: I am pleased you liked that phrase. I spent a good little while trying to come up with just the right thing. Seems for once I managed it!

Rubye Jack: Oh, yes, Hudson River School skies. It is absolutely true about the skies here—magical to see just what those painters painted.

Friko: Yes, losing the homemade goods is no fun at all. The mate compensated by making up a new batch of butternut squash soup. A very fine consolation!

Mark: The odd thing is the leaves lingered on a while (though they are pretty much all down now). The weight of the snow on the leaves, though, wreaked havoc in the form of broken limbs (and downed trees and shrubs) throughout the county and beyond. There is a reason, in nature, it seems, why fall comes first: to get those leaves down before winter comes.

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