The Caretaker's Concern 11/11/08
Lake Temp. 50.25 F.
Ghetto temp. 41.5 F.
Island tmp. 40 F. Yesterday's L/H: 41/46 F.
Current conditions: Mild wind from the South, a few mph or so, crisp night, full moon, when clouds aren't obstructing the light of the moon walking about without a flashlight is no problem.
For much of the day on the Lake there wasn't much in the way of wind, an occasional breeze here and there every once in a while. With almost no boat traffic (perhaps a total of 3 boats) the Lake was very quiet. The sort of calm day that even in these colder months it is relaxing to be on the Lake. Come late afternoon the wind began to pickup from the North North West, nothing too strong but enough to have an edge. For the most part the day was mostly cloudy, come late afternoon the sky began to clear a bit, the Caretaker was hoping it would clear entirely by nightfall for the full moon, that however has not happened, at least not yet.
The Caretaker went for a brief walk around the Island in the moonlight, kicked up dried leaves just to hear the sound. The vibrancy of Autumn's glow has long since passed and there isn't much left of the copper (when what leaves are left on the trees have turned to dark red and/or varying shades of brown), soon all of this season's leaves will be taking their final rest, and then all that will remain of Autumn until Winter is the time of stone. For much of the mountain sides here on the Lake the time of stone has long since begun, but down at the shore there is still a bit of copper, so too on a number of the Islands. Some people find Autumn's stone to be rather stark, the Caretaker does not, he enjoys it. When all of the leaves of the deciduous trees have fallen, limbs now bare reveal much of the bed rock that lies hidden beneath the cover of foliage from mid Spring through mid Autumn. It is now, during Autumn stone, before Winter's snow, rocks of gray are revealed. The topography from shore to mountain top can easily be seen, easily enjoyed.
In this way, if it never snows the Caretaker would not be too upset, but in many other ways, if it doesn't snow this Winter, the Caretaker will be rather bummed. At around Noon the Caretaker was returning from the mainland, at Lake level there were a few sprinkles here and there, but up at the top halves of the mountains it appeared to be snow, nothing heavy, nothing that accumulated, but certainly some flurries, perhaps frozen mist. Is there such a thing as frozen mist? Hm, the Caretaker will have to look into that, tomorrow.
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