As this week’s header photo shows (see above, if you’re unclear about “header photo”), there’s a chill in the air now. Each morning my wife Jan and I need to spend a few minutes scraping frost off the windows of our cars, if we’re heading out. Morning temperatures these days are in the just-under-freezing zone.
So today I’m offering a few glimpses of the last days of this autumn, if only to show how our pre-winter landscape is looking in the Greater Daglan Area (or GDA, as it’s known to Radio Free Daglan insiders).
In spring and summer, the dominant colour of the GDA landscape is green — because of our thick forests, and a vast number of fields where farmers grow corn, cereals, sunflowers, tobacco and vegetables.
Then as autumn begins, the dominant colour becomes yellow, as trees and plants start to lose their leaves. (Unlike the Toronto region, where we lived for years, there is very little red in the forests here, because of the absence of maples.) For proof, I offer a close-up of some leaves on one of the wisteria vines that grow on the front of our house. I took this photo a few days ago, and by now the vine is actually bare:
This row of trees gives you an idea of the extent to which the leaves have fallen already:
This next photo shows a field that’s already been tilled (in the background), and more examples of the bare tree branches:
Another sure sign that winter is not far off is the huge amount of pruning that takes place each autumn in the GDA, as trees are pollarded. This is the large tree in front of the restaurant Le Petit Paris, and the village’s war memorial, with all its smaller, longer, leaf-covered branches chopped off, leaving only the nubs at the ends of main branches:
Actually, this photo was taken a few days ago. Since then, the village workers have placed Santa Claus and his sleigh high up in the tree. Guess what holiday is approaching fast?