December Surprise

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “December Surprise”. All of the photos found on my blog are my original work unless otherwise noted. If you would like to have a copy of any of my photos please see the instructions at the bottom of the article.

A warm front always proceeds a cold snap in these mountains. The old timers would tell me that the warmer the day is then the harsher the storm will be. And just prior to the snow that we’re enjoying as I write tonight’s post it was warm enough to wake up the blue Asters that have claimed the old flower pots next to my parking spot. The Asters are a cool weather plant and the raised bed effect of the pots combined with the thermal mass of the driveway must have given them just enough energy to wake up. The dark days of December are a little disheartening here between two mountains where night falls at 4:00 PM. So when I found the simple little cluster of wildflowers it was a special treat. On top of that there’s a second cluster of bloom beneath the exhaust of my hearing system. I count them as Godwinks. Those little encouraging signs from God to let us know that he’s close by and that the darkness won’t last much longer. In fact, it’s less than two weeks until the new light.

A dear friend recently pointed out that the coldest weather is still ahead of us in North America and that’s true. Typically, January and February are the coldest moths of the year. But they’re not s dark. We won’t really notice it at first but on December 22nd the days start to get longer again. By the middle of February we start to see the sunsets linger and become more colorful. And that when the Asters normally return here. Sometime between the middle of February and the middle of March they dot the landscape.

The December Surprise flowers probably won’t survive tonight’s freezing temperatures and they don’t have have to in order for me to be encouraged. They simply had to be seen one day to give me the inner warmth that will get me through the winter.

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