Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring - Where Did It Go?



Spring is always filled with surprises.  One day it is bright and sunny with birds filling the air with song.  The next day is a quick reminder of the winter that just past.  These flowers experienced that yesterday.



As quick as the snow blew in, the storm moved on to share moisture and cold weather with other plants.  These tulips and daffodils will enjoy a sunny Monday.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring in the North

It was a cold, snowy winter in many parts of the U.S.  I had enough on Dec. 27 but there was still January and February to contend with before I could really say good buy to winter.  By early March the snow was gone and I had the flowerbeds prepared for the early joy of croci, tulips, and daffodils.  I was not disappointed with the early blooms.
Tulips are starting to bloom but are being greeted with a wet, heavy snow this evening.  Since the temperature pops back to 50 degrees tomorrow, I should soon post photos of purple, yellow, and red tulips.

Spring in the Desert

The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place to spend a Spring day after a wet winter.  Cactus and wild flowers are blooming with an array of colors that will last until early May.  Here's just a sample from my March trip.
Brittlebush
This is a lily but still looking for exact type
Mallow
There are loads of blooms to come soon on this hedgehog.
 The cactus should be in full bloom on my next trip.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Bees Are Busy

Yes, the bees are in full buzz with all the flowers and trees in bloom.  Pollen may not always be our friend but the bees love it.  Here's a recent photo captured on a hike in the Wasatch Mountains.
Check out the pollen on his head.

 It is amazing to listen to a team of bees as they find food.  Last weekend, we came upon a large group of spruce that were filled with all types of bees enjoying this treat.  Just amazing!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Signs of Spring

 One of my favorite signs of spring is the lilac.  The bright light purple blossom announces that snow, cold, and darkness are gone.  This delicate flower offers a sweet and happy smell to the warm breezes that infiltrate the daylight hours. 

Five years ago I planted a small bush.  Every year I fertilized it and this year it was beautiful - full of flowers that overtook the moderately green leaves.  As the flowers fade to brown, bright colored orioles are using the bush for a home.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Winter - Memories of Summer

We are enjoying a wet winter.  Many snowy commutes and lots of snow removal to guarantee mail delivery.  Today we ventured to the mountains for snowshoeing.  It is a quiet adventure with reminders of spring, summer, and fall.  This flower was part of the summer landscape.  But winter has some remains of its seeds and skeleton.














As we traveled through the snow, we saw birds nest filled with snow, tracks from animals, and other sites like the bench on Green Trail.  Snowshoeing in the winter weather is refreshing  but I look forward to spring, flowers, and warmer weather.

In case you have no snow, here's my favorite bench waiting for spring.  ENJOY!  (You can check it out without snow on my Sunday, January 11, 2015 post.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

The First Spotting For This Year

Every weekend as we troop through the forest, we keep our eyes open for a bee's nest.  The first spotting is usually in late fall after the leaves have dropped to produce many shades of grey.  Last weekend we were very fortunate to find the first one for this year with many leaves still in place.
Bee-made paper nest.



This one was about 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall.  A very good size.  Even though we watched it for about 10 minutes, we did not see any activity. Also, it was about 20 feet off the ground.  Folklore would tell us that the snow will be deep when the beehive is high.  In 3 to 4 months, we will see if this follows.