Pictured above is a lovely old oak tree that sits out the back of my house. It was the first thing I snapped on my new digital camera. Once I loaded a larger view of the tree onto my computer I noticed something a little strange. It seemed to be dotted throughout as if the pixels had decided to do a dance, scattering to settle at random. And then it hit me. Those dots are buds. Yes, the tree took a long time to lose its leaves, right into December and now it’s budding early January.
I call this ‘back to back’. Where winter gets increasingly squeezed out by an extended autumn and an early spring or, we could settle for calling it a mild winter. Whatever, the effects are the same. Other species such as hedgehogs are going through the same back to back experience which is threatening their survival. Elsewhere Russians have been warned to stay away from grumpy insomniac bears!
Looks like nature as well as humans are having to adjust to the climatic changes going on right now. They however don’t have any forewarning. We do.