The light of evening

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The weather has gotten mild again and one of my jobs today was to rake–there are a couple of wonderful tall pines in this part of our yard and the pine straw I raked up will go on our flowerbeds and vegetable garden in the spring.

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Though temperatures are warmer, the cold spell changed everything; the colors are new again this week.  Once these still-vivid leaves fall, our yard will be largely a palette of browns and grays.

I appreciate how much is revealed as we move further from autumn into winter.  I drove into Prattville this morning, saw houses I didn’t even know were so close to the road, a junkyard that should be charming because it is so totally junky but in fact, is mainly just sad.  There are also a lot more abandoned and falling down edifices slowly but surely going down into the land.

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As the sun sets, because there is still enough foliage left, once again the world is briefly on fire and wonderful to behold.

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