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Kentucky Color: A Special Place To Live, December 2, 2010

On Goldenrod and Daisies blooming this time of year, alongside Frost Flowers
The next earlier Kentucky Color Fogged up on a frost

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

I once again have been reminded of the specialness of the place in which we live. We are positioned on the Northern edge of the South and on the Southern edge of the North and can see just about anything at anytime. Frost flowers, frosted up Ox-eye Daises, and Goldenrod on December 2nd just make my day.


As we all know it takes a particular kind of person to be happy in this place we call home. I say that with no pride or prejudice outside the realm of normal and in the spirit of "Sudden Change of Weather Syndrome" the phenomenon we all discuss or cuss daily.

Consider that humankind can be divided right down the middle into two halves. One half likes to live on a schedule and does not want their carefully crafted and well thought out plans to be interrupted by anyone or anything. To you guys and gals who love to live this way, thanks for keeping the clock wound and the calendar turned over for the rest of the world.

The other half, the half to which I belong, likes to get up each morning to face the world without a plan and does not want anyone or anything to interrupt the free flow of the dynamics of life. We know and freely admit, which is our nature, that we can't make it without the other half but y'all in the other half just haven't quite discovered and will not freely admit, which is your nature, that you can't make it without us.

At any rate, I suppose that those of you who know what you are going to be doing next December 2 probably are happy with Frost Flowers in December but suffer some degree of disconcertedness with Goldenrod and Daisies blooming this time of year. Meanwhile, we who don't know what we'll be doing at dawn in the morning are more than happy with the world the way we find it. More power to the both of us. -Billy Joe Fudge


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Kentucky Color: Majestic Goldenrod



2010-12-02 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Inroad, District 3, Adair Co., KY
A majestic and cold Goldenrod, our state flower, stands at the intersection of Crocus Creek and Melson's Ridge Road. The view is from the Billy Bloyd place up Crocus Creek toward it's confluence with scenic Powell's Creek a major tributary to Crocus with its headwaters flowing from the Southern parameters of Hwy 768 between Fairplay and Glensfork. Photographed on Thursday, December 2, 2010, the same day a frost flower shared morning sun with an iced Ox-eye Daisy on the Chowning place just down the creek, just across the line, down in Cumberland Co., KY.

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Kentucky Color: Oxeye daisy in bloom, beside frost flower



2010-12-02 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Hopewell Acres, Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
A beautiful but tiny Ribbon Frost Flower and a frosted over Oxeye Daisy enjoying the December 2, 2010, early morning sun at Hopewell Acres.

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Iced Cotton Candy: Frost Flowers on Chowning Farm



2010-12-03 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Hopewell Acres, Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
This Cotton Candy Frost Flower was captured December 2, 2010, at Hopewell Acres, the Chowning farm on Crocus Creek.

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The thrill of holding the wild Frost Flower in one's hand



2010-12-03 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Hopewell Acres, Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
They quickly melt from the heat of one's hand but Billy Joe Fudge had the thrill of holding a frost flower, briefly, December 2, 2010, at Hopewell Acres, the Chowning farm on Crocus Creek.
See also, holding a wild creature:Birds of KY: To Hold a Wild Bird. Bird charmer Susie Grant with Grosbeak she befriended. CM May 8, 2007, File Photo by Hilda Smith

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