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The Litchfield Hills—Early Winter

December 30, 2007 Out late! This wooly bear caterpillar, having successfully made it across a busy road, looks for new shelter under the ice. Wooly bear caterpillar.

December 28, 2007 A morning of mist and melting as the bright sun brings a winter thaw. Morning mist hangs over a country barn.

December 27, 2007 More ice, particularly where there's a northeast exposure.
Ice on tree branch.

As it accumulates on guard rail posts... Ice from freezing rain on guard rail post. is reminded of the saying about snowflakes — no two look alike. Ice on guard rail post.

December 22, 2007 Precisely 1:08 AM on the clock tower of the Litchfield County Courthouse. Cloudy and cold; occasionally a few small snowflakes. It's the winter solstice.

The Litchfield Courthouse at 1:08 AM — the winter solstice.

December 20, 2007 It was all snow, although only a couple of additional inches, adding a bit of extra insurance for a white solstice.

Bush with red berries and new snow.

December 18, 2007 With the sun at your back, nothing. With just the right angle, the ice and sun create their own kind of abstract art.

Ice on branches looking like abstract art.

December 17, 2007 Is this a more-northern resident passing through? Or one that's part of the hardy over-wintering population?

Robin in flight.

December 14, 2007 Over a foot of snow — to prepare the landscape for the beginning of winter next Saturday (at 1:08 AM).

Trees standing in the freshly fallen snow.

December 13, 2007 A bigger snow today; but one that is quiet and peaceful.

Dry brown stems emerge from an expanse of snow.

At its start this morning it resembled the seed floss from the tall grasses and weeds.

Snow falling on browned weeds.

December 11, 2007 Ice and sun together. Quince maintains its effective defense despite a moderate coating.

Quince branch coated with ice, with pointed needles emerging.

Fallen apples from this year's abundant crop look like they've been dipped in "hard crack" stage sugar syrup.

Apple glazed with ice.

December 10, 2007 The glaucous color of spruce provides an attractive contrast to the ice and snow.

Blue spruce with ice and snow.

December 8, 2007 A lone crabapple shines as a small beacon of remaining color.

lone crabapple, colorful, hanging on tree

December 7, 2007 Nights still in the teens, although a warm front is due to bring flurries. The morning frost can make even the smallest weed a thing of complex beauty.

Frost on  a small green weed.

December 6, 2007 With temperatures in the teens, there's serious frost on the pumpkin. It is perhaps a sign of the times that many of the best pumpkins are found in proximity to real estate offerings.

Frost on a pumpkin.

December 4, 2007 Days of wind, ice, and rain. But it began and ended with a quiet snow, the kind that brings just a delicate accent.

Snow on a dirt path.

December 1, 2007 December came in with roaring northwesterly winds, an opportunity that wasn't ignored by migrating birds. Flock after flock appeared in the northeast — white, cloud-like, constantly-changing.

Cloud-like flock of migrating birds.

Then, despite their high altitude, the patterns became clear, albeit complex and shifting.

Migrating birds -- binocular view

Finally, again cloud-like, they disappeared in the southwest.

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