Sunday, November 22, 2015

First frost

On a chilly afternoon, on Oyster Bay shores:

Even the ocean is becalmed.

Barnacles and frost on a log

Frost and stonecrop

Zooming in.

Zooming out.

I think this is spreading stonecrop, Sedum divergens. In warmer weather, the leaves and stems are green to red; there's still a hint of green in more sheltered bits.


  1. do the yellowed stems recover their green in the spring? Yesterday I was amazed at how brown both the (Common) Junipers and (White - Thuja) Cedars on our land were - I know they come back in the spring. I wonder if the chlorophyll is overlaid by other pigments, or if there's an actual loss of chloroplasts, which are then replaced in the spring?

  2. We have a variety of stonecrop on our cliff, not sure which one. Went out to the car yesterday and it was covered in frost. I wonder if my impromptu plastic bag "greenhouse" is keeping my lettuce growing at the cabin. I'll find out when we return in two weeks. - Margy

  3. Fred, I don't remember them being yellow there before. I'll look at them again in the spring. Interesting question about the chlorophyll. I think I read something about that; I'll look it up.

    Margy, lettuce is pretty hardy. I've kept it going under pop bottle "greenhouses" through several cold snaps. (Not in Delta; the slugs there kept going, too.)


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