The new header photo is a picture I took last December at Brace's Orchard near Dallas, PA. I had the change the header photo, as pumpkins only have a relatively short shelf life, be that physically or symbolically. Now that we've gone past Halloween and are approaching Thanksgiving, it's getting into that "stark" period when it's cold, but not so cold as to have snow. It's as if life has dissipated from the land in sort of way, and all that's left are skeletons. In this case the skeleton of a tree.
The above sounds rather gloomy, but I don't mean it to be so. In fact I think of this time as being the precursor to life's re-set switch, as least if you live in these parts. It's all part of having the benefit of four seasons.
Today's dormant tree is tomorrow budding tree.