` As my access to MAL has been rather sporadic, I haven't been able to keep up with my blog too well despite the fact that I have nearly completed three new original posts. (They are somewhat long.)
` So, to put a dent in the lull, I thought I'd hastily and haphazardly comment about the weather, as cliché as that may sound. You see, whilst I was uploading some photos today, a realization struck me: This entire month has given the area practically nothing but gray skies. Is it so unbelievable that just two months ago the weather was almost always clear?
` Yet, as far back as the entire month of October, the sky was perfectly cloudless almost all the time. As proof, I have taken a set of photos with my Crappy Digital Camera (CDC) of a particular scene at different times.
` This first one was from early September, when the leaves had first began to turn yellow:
` Later on in the month, they began showing their 'true colors'.
` By October, many of the leaves were downright orange!
` In early November (or possibly late October), the last of the leaves had finally dropped off - and yet it was still reasonably clear most of the time!
` The 'real' rain didn't really even start until around Thanksgiving. And when it rained, it poured... and then it snowed! (Snow is actually quite unusual until February.) Now, it's gray almost constantly... and it's driving me nuts!
` Not only that, but there are only about six hours of daylight as of late: Around the summer solstice, there's more like sixteen hours of daylight! I almost want to wail to the sky and scream, "Why does the sun have to go away so much!?"
` A tilted axis is a crazy thing.
` All I can say is this - thank goodness the winter solstice has passed! (And I hope you had a most Terrifying Cephalopodmas!) We should be getting new flowers and leaves around early to mid-February. Of course, that's only been a recent phenomenon - ten years ago the flowers stayed in the ground until March. I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised, considering that Global Warming is becoming more noticeable.
` Well, I for one absolutely adore warmth about now, so hooray for Global Warming! ...Then again, only one of our glaciers (which we depend upon for water) has not drastically shrunk over the years. And I like water... and so does the local rainforest... egads!... And if this place becomes a desert - like the one on the other side of the mountains - then it will be even colder in the winter!
` So, maybe Not-Hooray for Global Warming.
` Anyhow, thank you for tolerating my pointless rambling until I am finally ready to put up one of my more... um... suitable posts.