November here in Minnesota and Wisconsin is normally a wet, bleak and dreary month foreshadowing the coming of winter. The term “Novermberish” literally means “dreary.” And for all of my considerable years spent on this planet November has usually been a cold, damp cloudy and dreary month almost making you beg for the cold winter with it’s sunny skies and white snow.
The past few days have been typical November days. Cloudy, cold and windy days with a hint of dampness to push us on the slow march to the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. But this year November did not begin in typical fashion. We spent three days up at the lake in early November and were given three of the most beautiful, warm and sunny days I can ever remember for this normally bleak month.
But even though the sun was shining, there was still a hint of crispness to the air… a signal for what is to come, what always comes in November. That is what I was thinking of as I was capturing the six images that were stitched together to make this panorama. The lone cloud in the center of the image does seem to be a harbinger, an omen of the cold winter ahead.
The November Harbinger, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin