It was unusually cool yesterday morning. Deciduous trees are a bit more colorful. Some are defoliating. It is looking more like autumn. The soil is still damp from a little bit of rain more than a week ago. Although there is no more rain in the forecast, this rainy season could start at any time now. This is the time for autumn planting, and will soon be the time for dormant pruning.

As much as I like enjoy this weather and this time of year, I can understand why people get annoyed by it in climates where it starts sooner, lasts longer, and gets significantly cooler.

1. Frost on the windshield is not uncommon during winter. It is uncommon prior to winter though. It is also uncommon in the relatively warm (less cool) area where this vehicle was parked.

2. Frost on the roofs is a bit unexpected so early as well. It had covered this roof thoroughly, but is melting now that the sun is coming up. The weather really did not ‘feel’ as cold as it looked.

3. This contraption does not seem so ridiculous now. It insulates an exposed water main, to hopefully protect it from freezing. Water pipes seldom freeze here. Nonetheless, it is a possibility.

4. Dogwood colors well for autumn, even when the weather is not so cool. The species does not perform so well in the Santa Clara Valley, just a few miles north. Notice the frosty roof beyond.

5. This young birch is already defoliated! Actually, it is a formerly canned specimen that is a bit distressed from planting on November 8. Other birches are still wearing bright yellow foliage.

6. Turkeys return annually, precisely on the morning after Thanksgiving, after disappearing for about two or three weeks. Who knows where they go? Their stupidity might be exaggerated.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Frozen

    1. It is nothing like the ‘real’ frost of other regions. It barely forms ice crystals before the sun comes up to thaw it all out. However, it is just enough to limit selection of the sorts of tropical plants that I encounter in Beverly Hills down south. Strangely, snow is more likely in the region of Beverly Hills. Seriously! When it snowed for the last time in the Santa Clara Valley, it was less than a quarter of an inch deep. That was in 1976, and one of only two such rare occurrences during the Twentieth Century. It had snowed a few more times, and a bit more abundantly (although not by much) in Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles Region during the Twentieth Century.

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    1. For this region, it is certainly early, although not impossible. We get surprises here like anywhere else. Fortunately, we do not expect hard frosts. That happened only once in recorded history, just prior to Christmas in 1990.

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    1. It is something to brag about here because flowering dogwood is sensitive to the aridity of climates just a few miles farther inland. I grew dogwoods on the farm, but disliked them because I knew that most went to climates where they would not likely be happy. In the Santa Clara Valley, they are understory trees, and even in the shelter of tall redwoods, are likely to get roasted by the end of summer, and therefore not color for autumn.

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  1. My tiny dogwood looks just like that. It’s from Arbor Day and they said it was a white flowering one. I think the stupid turkeys are the white ones raised for meat. Of course, they don’t live long enough to learn much!

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    1. Our dogwoods resemble those that I have seen in pictures from other regions. They would not be so happy in more arid climates just a few miles away. Although strange, they are a pleasure to work with. Even though white is my favorite color, for dogwoods, I enjoy the various shades of pink also, perhaps because I still think of them as exotic.
      The white turkeys are what we know as ‘feral’ turkeys. I have not seen any of them in a long time. The turkey colored turkeys might be feral as well, but no one knows. They could have migrated here naturally.

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