Days shorten... and for some reason it always seem to get darker, drearier even before the sun sets as November winds its way into December. We need snow -- sparkling, white, catching and returning the light. There is a great deal to be said in favour of seasons. That cold weather is great for eliminating unwanted germs, for instance.
But there are still little miracles, small treasures even on the rainy days. Like this little fellow, snuggled into the fallen leaves at the water's edge.
And every day brings us closer to the Winter Solstice, whereafter days will begin to lengthen again.