Autumn Snowfall

It's official: Record set for earliest snowfall! According to the National Weather Service in State College, Pennsylvania, the earliest local snowfall in recorded history has a new mark -- Oct. 15, 2009.

In my neck of the woods, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, snowfall did not amount to an inch, but was pretty against the autumn colors.

My photographs on October 16, 2009, early morning.


The Way Through the Woods

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because the see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods. . . .
But there is no road through the woods.

Rudyard Kipling

Autumn photograph, ©2008 Jan Boults Photography


Happy Fall ...

Photos: Jan Boults, © 2009