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Kentucky Color: Frost Bite
By Billy Joe Fudge
The couple of heavy frosts and freezing temperatures this past mid-week did the old Frost bite number on the early foliage of our Crepe Myrtles in the lowlands of Greenhills along Russell Creek. Hopefully they will muster the courage and strength to generate another crop of leaves and once again share their most beautiful colors for the entirety of Summer.
I just sorta wrote it off to them being somewhat out of their comfort zone which is a couple hundred miles South of these parts, but then I noticed that a native of the Great Wooded South, Umbrella Magnolia had been chewed on by Old Jack Frost, also.
Frost Bite has sometimes been referred to as frost burn and looking at the curled up, blackened leaf tips sheds light on why, because they surely do look burned.
On another note, I'm about as much astronaut as artist but I can't help but be fascinated by a certain, overall, artsy quality contributed to by the contrast of color, cartoonish contortions and colloidal caliber in the picture itself.
Maybe if school ever restarts, I can put this photo on exhibit at Lindsey Wilson and/or Campbellsville University. That is, if the powers that be in their art departments can overcome their jealousy sufficient enough to invite me. I might just make my second million selling prints; I've given up on my first million!
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