Saturday, October 1, 2011

Daily Oak: September report

Number of days missed: 1
Number of days with more than one visit: 7
Number of visits with more than the two standard perspectives taken: 11
Guest trees: many
Extra pictures for documentation of details: 8
Total number of pictures taken: 98

In my Daily Oak project, I have come three quarters of the way. Only three more months left.

This was the month with the fewest days missed – only one, which makes for an almost perfect attendance! And on that day I took a guest tree picture from a funicular, hence the “many” as indication of guest tree number.

Guest trees, seen from funicular coming down from
the Zugspitze mountain (the highest mountain in Germany).

We had some foggy mornings this month, and the tree seems to be hiding behind the fog then.

Perspective a: foggy morning on September 21, at 7:47 a.m.

Perspective b: foggy morning on
September 10, at  6:36 a.m.

We also had a stretch of rainy days in the middle of the month when I thought it wasn’t ever going to get light again. Once I almost decided not to go to take the picture. But discipline drove me out into the rain, just before it started getting dark, although you can’t really tell the rain on the picture, except for the drop on the lens:

Perspective a: September 18, at 4:56 p.m.
On September 21 - equinox! - I noticed the very first three or four yellow leaves on the tree, indicating the end of summer for real. They are not really noticeable on the pictures, and only a few more have appeared since.

Evening sun on equinox day:
Perspective a, September 21, 6:34 p.m.
I took a few extra pictures a few days later: of the trunk once more, of some of Oak’s babies that can be found beneath and around it, of a few more yellow leaves, and of acorns ripe in the tree (I picked the left one, planning to plant it in our garden).

Acorns in Daily Oak, September 25

A few of Daily Oak's babies -
not exactly a very impressive picture...

First yellow spots on Daily Oak's leaves

Daily Oak's trunk
on September 25
And it is clearly noticeable that the sun’s path is getting shorter, and lower:

Perspective b, September 11, 5:52 p.m.
For comparison: Perspective b,
at almost same time of day on June 17, 5:04 p.m.

Perspective a, September 10, 1:06 p.m.

For comparison: Perspective a at almost
same time of day on June 22, 12:23 a.m.

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