My blog is named for Mehitable Day, a woman buried in the 1800s behind the Maine farmhouse where I lived as a teenager. Whenever I'd have a day that was especially challenging, eventful, or just plain odd, I'd tell my friends, "I've just had the most Mehitable Day!" And so this blog is where I share the events, discoveries and random musings
of my Mehitable Days. :-)
My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant
Friday, October 17, 2014
SkyWatch Friday: "O Hushed October Morning Mild…"
I fear that between last month's premature killing freeze and some very wicked winds, we've been robbed of most of our fall foliage here.
But we've been enjoying - and taking full advantage of - a long stretch of glorious Indian Summer weather to make up for it, and on a recent lovely evening spent at the local cemetery fulfilling photo requests for Find A Grave, I spied this stately cottonwood. Despite its golden leaves being more muted this year, it's still a standout against the blue sky and its evergreen companions...
Though the local leaves aren't providing much fall color this year, the local skies certainly have been! Here's a sampling of our harlequin sunrise on Wednesday, taken during a five-minute span (from 7:07 - 7:12am):
Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air,
birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.
It was October again... a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings…
~L.M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"
In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens... and you can feel the breath of winter morning and evening. ~Alexander Smith, "An Essay on an Old Subject"
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief…
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst…
Autumn bowed to place a beautiful crown on the Queen of Morning,
and her velvet robes sway merrily in the chilly breeze.
There is a harmony
In autumn, and a luster in its sky…
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Enjoy more October skies ~ lustrous & mellow, glorious & crisp ~ from around the world...