Friday, August 14, 2009

End of Summer

Where in the world did the summer go?

(I know, I know...Australia!)

It seems to have slipped behind the clouds while attention was trained on a recent thunderstorm. As I write this, our ambient temperature is 34 (F) with a windchill of 24 degrees. After the last two or three days' rain and wind, the cotton grass around the village now more closely resembles the wet, matted fur of a freshly-bathed cat than the fluffy balls of cotton in the photograph above.

The sun dips progressively lower in the sky as if weary from months of radiating around the clock. Two weeks ago we had a string of pleasant, though windy, blue-sky days and anyone with a four-wheeler got outside and made the most of it.

Hunters went hunting. Fishers went fishing. Pickers went picking. And big brothers took little sisters for rides around the village, enjoying the fresh scent of wet summer grass and the warm caress of sun on their cheeks that will be a memory all too soon.

Quiet moments of sun-splashed Summer grow shorter and fainter every day...

while Autumn slips in a silent finger and does some doodling in the sand.


Jackie said...

BEAUTIFUL photos - the best I've ever seen of arctic cotton. And you made the passing of summer seem, well, I guess not so sad...more like the making of a sweet memory.

Kimberlee said...

Thank you for the sweet comments, Jackie. I like those shots of cotton grass too. I was very happy to catch the sun at just the right time of day (or night, actually) when the light on the tufts appeared almost buttery. :)

I hope the rains have washed the smoke out of the air around the Fairbanks area!

Deborah Carr said...

This is a lovely post and images Kimberlee - thanks for sharing your part of the world. Alaska has been on my 'bucket list' for a long time - but I don't want just a 'fly-by' tourist type visit. I want to linger... least long enough to capture the beauty in a field of cotton...

Thanks for visiting my site! I'll certainly be back to visit yours again.

Kimberlee said...

Hi, Deborah!
Yes! Alaska is a great place to linger! It's almost impossible to truly know "The Great Land" without experiencing more than one season. The landscape and cultural activities change so dramatically with the weather and time of year. I hope you do find your way to Alaska sometime soon.

I've bookmarked your blog and will definitely visit often!