A Mild, For December, Sunset
I decided to take advantage of the mild weather we’ve been having and walk out and watch the sunset. We had temperatures near 50 degrees again today, well above average. i remember years here in Northeastern Pennsylvania when it was below zero already. And no snow either. Just a thin coating of ice on the ponds.
It is always nice to be in the woods at dusk, even in December. There are few birds singing now, today I only heard a few black capped chickadees. The only other wildlife I encountered were a few rabbits that jumped from the underbrush and startling me a bit. Rabbits are pretty skittish these days since there are not leaves or green plants to give them cover.
As I walked back I was surprised to find these oyster mushrooms growing on a dead tree. I never found them before in December and, while they are a little old, I think they may still be edible. I’ll find out in a little bit, going to cook them up for dinner.
I made my way home knowing that it’s less than two until the solstice when the days start getting longer. It was a nice December afternoon, but I still miss the warmer days of the Spring, Summer and Fall when the world is so much more alive with plants and animals. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike this afternoon.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/sunset-december-8-2015
“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”
― C. JoyBell C.