Friday, October 22, 2010

First frost

This morning, everything was coated with crystals. We had our first frost last night.





The leaves are all falling off the trees at once.

 
My husband has been cutting down trees in the forest, for our wood supply in one or two years. It will take that long for the wood to be sufficiently dry to burn. These logs still need to be cut into stove sized pieces.


 Just look at these gorgeous lichens, growing on one of the branches. Guess we have clean air in our rural area. Lichen is generally a sign of unpolluted air.

22 comments:

mairedodd said...

i had no idea that you had to plan ahead like that for the wood... i certainly take flipping on the heat for granted... it has been as low as about 45 these past mornings... and i didn't know about the lichen... i will show and tell about mine soon - i took the picture last weekend...

lilylovekin said...

Your frost pictures are so lovely but I know behind it are cold days. I was complaining because it was raining here. At least you must have a nice fire going. Interesting news about lichen, I did not realize that.

SueBeads said...

We're looking at frost here too! Your photos are beautiful - love the info about the wood! I have a wood burning fireplace but buy it from someone! Have a great weekend!

sharon said...

I haven't had that frost yet Renate, and I sure hope it stays away awhile yet,,,but it looks so pretty! And that lichen is gorgeous!

Hopemore Studio said...

Your frost pictures are beautiful, you must have been up early in the morning :) I am really ready for some cooler temps, it had been such a hot summer, but I doubt I'll feel this way in February.

I didn't know about lichens and unpolluted air, you are a wealth of information!

Angie

romantic decay said...

Your pictures are wonderful. Lichens are so pretty, I've drug home several small branches that lichen on them from other states to have them in the studio.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

The pictures of the frost are so pretty. Double edged sword though...looks pretty but it causes all the pretty things to die:( Have a great weekend!

mermaiden said...

i can't get over the photograph of the frosted rosehips. just magical!

SummersStudio said...

Oh, I do love that magic crystal world that you wake up to with first frost. We don't have that here and I am so happy you shared it. I didn't know that about lichen. And that huge pile of wood looks like a lot of work!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Ha even if lichen could grow here it wouldn't survive! Mexico City is the only city in Mexico with dirtier air then ours!!!! Oh but you must have such a wonderful little fearie community in your woods. Because only fearies can make lichen look as beautiful as yours is!!

Okay I admit that the frost does look pretty, but I sure don't miss the cold that goes with it!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Cindy said...

My goodness it's that time of year ALREADY! Seems the seasons is hitting you in a fast and furious way there in Germany. What beautiful pictures though! Hope you have a great weekend ahead and stay warm! :-)

fanciful devices said...

Girl! You sure can take a picture!
Made me shiver just to look at these, they're that alive...

steufel said...

Liebe Renate, eigentlich hasse ich ja Frost, aber Dank Deiner tollen Bilder, ist es hier mal anders:-)

Lenna Young Andrews said...

what gorgeous photos, Renate. I know the cold weather is not your favorite, though! You are really a wonderful photographer, I so enjoyed these photos.

Diane said...

Hi Renate!
Your photos are just wonderful. You really captured the frost beautifully. Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs, Diane

diane hawkey said...

Nature is always amazingly beautiful. Your photos capture it so well.

Laura said...

Very nice pics, Renate. I can't believe it's time for frost already, tho we've not had any yet. I didn't know that about the lichen...very interesting. We have lichen in our woods also so that is a good sign...and these 45 acres were fields 20 years ago when we moved here!

Silke said...

Frost already?!? I am sitting here in shorts and a t-shirt! It's cool, but nowhere like where you live! I am just glad you have all that firewood stacked and drying... Sending warm hugs! Silke

P.S. GORGEOUS photos!!

kelleysbeads said...

I'm sure our first frost is not far off and now I have made a little note-to-self to make sure I take my camera out to catch it.

I love the pic of the lichen and finding that on walks through my woods!

Inge said...

Wunderschöne Bilder. Ich liebe diese Jahreszeit-dir einen schönen Sonntag. Liebe Grüße Inge

Oxana said...

So beautiful photos!!!!

Pretty Things said...

I love those photos -- but I hope the frost didn't kill anything!