It has turned cold here, with ice dusting a few shady places and wet spots. More than that, however, it is windy and bright. We went for a hike today, and while it was cool in the protected shady places, it wasn’t until you were exposed to the sunshine that you felt the weather.

Because it was so bright, I got some good bird photos, though I didn’t see as many birds as usual.

Still, it was a gorgeous day. I’m very fond of this time of year. There is still a lot of detail and color, and the angle of the light makes some really stunning photos.

Can you believe it’s almost December?