Friday, October 30, 2009

Red Sky at Morning

Friday, October 30, 2009
The sky donned its Halloween costume at dawn this morning, dressing up as a huge serving of rainbow sherbet. While waiting to put Liam on the bus, we watched the ever-changing hues, tones, patterns.

The driveway oak shook off its leaves like it had no further use for them. Yesterday it wore an orange-brown dress. Today that dress lies scattered in several thousand pieces on the muddy ground. The oak is readying itself for cold weather ahead.

I guess all the work going on around the house and farm is our way of dealing with the changing seasons, particularly the onslaught of winter. The feeder activity has increased noticeably this week. Fox sparrows got in yesterday morning, and the junco numbers have tripled since last Sunday.

As we walked out the drive, I spotted a red bat foraging overhead. The Chinese believe that bats are a sign of good fortune, and that a red bat sighting signifies "vast fortune." I certainly hope so.

Then there's that old rhyming bit of folk wisdom:
Red sky at night, sailor's delight
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

I'm hoping that this morning's red sky was just a simple blessing.


On October 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM Heather said...

Bill, I noticed a very similar sky on the way into work this morning, although we had less orange, more pink. 'Twas beeutiful. Happy Halloween to the Indigo Hill clan!

On October 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM Susantm said...

Beautiful pictures!

On October 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

How lovely to see the sunrise again! There's a fox sparrow under the feeder asking after you. And a wary-looking sailor just ambled by.

On October 30, 2009 at 7:58 PM eileeninmd said...

Beautiful capture of the sunrise.

On October 31, 2009 at 9:37 PM Bluefinch said...

A beautiful dawn and beautiful pictures.

Do you know 'red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning'?!