Ithaca isn’t actually awful all of the time. And we do really have fall and spring. [Of course, shortly after I wrote that, we had a day of temperatures in the high 70s (in Fahrenheit) immediately followed by a day that started out with rain that turned into hail/sleet that turned into snow. . . . Incidentally, that sounds a lot like post-winter.]
Anyway, I’m going to pretend it’s not 23°F outside and that it’s not snowing and that the weather is occasionally not terrible.
In fact, sometimes it’s even nice enough to do things like go hiking (though I would like to try winter hiking some time). The following picture from last fall proves that the leaves on the deciduous trees in Ithaca do lose their chlorophyll* around October and that is indeed sun in the upper right corner.
I know I’ve already posted the next picture (and, actually, the one above . . . multiple times), but last semester there were a couple of the best sunsets I have ever seen. Here’s one of them:
And I looked for a picture of spring in Ithaca, but all my pictures from this semester either have 1) snow, 2) a grey sky, or 3) both, so I had to find a picture from last year. AAIV (the Christian fellowship I participate in) had an event at a nearby state park and the weather was fantastic. In fact, some people may even have thought it was too hot. But seriously, I would take too hot over the snow that’s currently flying past my window.
To finish this post, my freshman year, I would frequently walk past the lake on North Campus to get to class. I decided to create a series of photos that can be appropriately called “The Four Seasons.”
*The loss of chlorophyll, a green pigment, allows the red/orange/yellow pigments, which are present in lesser amounts than chlorophyll, to be seen during fall. This is the phenomenon known colloquially as the leaves “changing colors,” i.e., normal people don’t usually see yellow leaves and think “chlorophyll loss.”