It's about a month left to the beginning of the astronomical winter or, if we consider the influence of precession, the astronomical winter started today. Looking back, at the winters that already passed, it's easy to notice the influence of precession and how it shift the astronomical calendar about a month back. Last year the winter started in late October and the whole November was covered with snow.
This year is different.
It's true that when I open the window to take a breath, I can smell the winter in the air. It's the kind of frosty, sharp smell, completely different from what I could still smell in the middle of October. This year the scent is the most remarkable sign of winter. It's good.
Personally, I rather don't like winter. Don't get me wrong, I love to see the world covered with that while puff. I can remember what I wrote in the letter to a friend last December. Let me quote it, to make it more understandable (I hope she wouldn't mind):
“It was snowing, when I was walking home. Soft, white fluffs were swirling in the air, just to majestically touch the snow. My village was looking like it came from some fairy tale. The awful greyness of the houses, walls which were shouting “Paint me” in the summer, even this was barely noticeable today. The roofs looked like someone covered them with a fluffy blanket. A steam from they chimneys was announcing that all interiors were warm, but if you forgot about the XXIst century, you could imagine that it was an invitation, or rather introduction of warm, family meal. It's like travelling in the world of Christmas Coral (…)
Winter also means the horrible weather.
Yesterday was about 2 degrees above the 0 °C. The snow began to melt, it was grey and wet outside. And today was about 2 degrees below the 0 °C, which made this whole after snow water to freeze. It was like walking on the ice. Even worse, because cars and footsteps had left grooves in this not-snow, but not-already-a-water, and it all froze making the street and the sidewalk very uncomfortable to walk.
When I was walking to work, the snow began to fall again, and a very freezing wind was blowing as it wanted to keep it the company. It blew through my coat, freezing me to the bones. Especially in the places, where were no buildings, that could shield me from it. I felt the pinching feeling on my cheeks, that weren't covered with my scarf. I felt like I was walking for ages, with every step trying a safe place, where I could put my feet on. And this falling snow was slowly covering the ice, and soon it was impossible to say where the road was safe, and where was the ice trap. With my glasses covered with the steam from my breath, I was more than happy when I finally put my feet to the school's stairs.
When I was walking back, the weather was a bit worse. Temperature decreased, wind increased its force and the snow, that had been falling from time to time, covered the road that way, that you could rather feel the texture of the sidewalk's grooves, that see it. And yet, the layer of snow was too shallow to make this fluff comfortable for walking on it...”
See, what I mean. The winter just started and it already was a pain in the... Riiight. So just to show how lucky we are, having still so pretty autumn, I'm going to post here some pictures, that I've made today in local park. I appreciate what I have, and (in the meaning of weather) I hope this Autumn won't finish until Spring... Because there is nothing prettier than Spring...( Collapse )