|Ice over an eddy in Rock Creek preserves remnants of DC's first snow on a gray day in 2010.|
Earlier this Fall, I walked to and from my polling station to vote. I took some new pictures of scenes around my neighborhood. I have now taken pictures of some of the same landmarks in all four seasons. Here in words and pictures I proudly present, “To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn) There is a Season” aka “A Year in Groveton Woods.”
Four Seasons, Virginia Style
FallAutumn brings a welcome relief from the heat. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and neighbors fire up grills for tailgaters and block parties. It’s harvest time, time to reap rewards and count blessings. The Boys of Summer yield to the Gridiron Greats. Changing leaves are a main attraction in a climate with four distinct seasons. The colors started changing first in the Blue Ridge Mountains just west of here. By late October, the changes were sweeping through the trees along the nearby Potomac.
Still Life: A Study in Seasons
|Winter: Wind-blown, snow-laden branches snap and fall on the frozen stream.|
The unyielding ice shatters. The branch is stuck. Nothing moves.
|Summer: a trickle of water barely quenches the parched embankment and the harsh summer sun casts a stark shadow. The deer sleep in the cool shade and only come out at dawn and dusk.|
The Groveton Woods Marquee
Summer: Harsh light of a bright summer sun renders everything, even the colorful blooms, in a high contrast wash of intense light.
|Fall: The blooms are long gone. A little color comes back though in the form of the bright blue sky and the many shades of green in mature plants.|
Life in Motion: Things We Do In Different Seasons
|Neighbors enjoy each other’s company an impromptu block party tailgater around the grill and cooler on a recent Fall evening, just before kickoff|
As the tree sap slowly drains back, life all around the trees near our stream also slows down a bit. The harvest is in. Grounds crews have raked, vacuumed and mulched all the leaves from the gardens in and around Groveton Woods. Christmas trees and lights are going up in windows around the block. And the furnace is on. Yes, Virginia, the holiday season is approaching....
2010 has been a good year.