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Winter of the Crows – 16

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usually hateful

yet the crow too

in this dawn snow

Basho

Yesterday’s Phenology: Yet another peculiar day, in the low 50s, with rain much of the day, hard at times. Would have been  a lot of snow, back in the day. But today it was rain. This evening, I stepped out into the yard, and it was like a summer night. One of those summer nights after a hard rain, when the temperature drops abruptly from the hot summer day, and everything is fragrant and dripping. My kind of night. But it is February.

Song of the day: Александр Маршал, ЧЁРНЫЙ ВОРОН

Winter of the Crows – 15

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on a withered branch

a crow is perched

autumn evening

-Basho

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another April day. Upper 50s and mostly sunny morning, cloudy later in the day. A few small islands of snow, and the puddles are starting to recede. Pitchers and Catchers have reported to spring training, it seems they are reporting earlier than usual this year, but everything is amok in the phenology area these days. When it’s 60 degrees in February, what will be the temperature in July? I consider that the scientists have their forecasts about how global warming will go, but perhaps this is all guesswork, no one really knows how fast a global climate can change and which effects will cascade into a downward death spiral.
Just for the record, Carbon Dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is about .04% (average surface temp about 57 degrees F), where as on Venus (average surface temp about 872 degrees F) it’s 96.5%. I was just curious about that.

Song of the day: Molly Healy, The Crow

Winter of the Crows – 14

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in one spot
the crows congregate…
snow is melting!

-Issa

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day from mid-April, stuck smack dab in the middle of February. Looks like we topped out at 58 today, which ties the record high. A beauty of a morning, whispy clouds bright sun, crows, cardinals, woodpeckers, geese, and flickers all doing their thing.

Song of the day: Schubert – Winterreise – “Die Krähe”

Die Winterreise No. 15. The Raven (Die Krähe)

A raven has flown beside me

Since the day I left the town

Raven, bird of ill-omen

Will you ever leave me?

 

Do you stalk me

In the hope I will be yours?

My journey can’t last much longer

My strength begins to fail

 

Raven, surely you will be true

Until death overtakes me

Winter of the Crows – 13

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XIII
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day of climate change. 63 degrees in Minneapolis, breaking the old record, which was 55, set in 1981. (Don’t remember that.) Sunny, with a light warm breeze. Saw the usual crows, and a long-legged raccoon that was wanting to cross the road at rush hour. He thought better of that, and scurried back to raccoon town.
Song of the day: Simone Perrin, Crow

Winter of the Crows – 12

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XII
The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.
Yesterday’s Phenology: Not exactly warm. 41 degrees. Partly cloudy. A goose flew past Venus in the evening sky, gave us a honk. Venus was amazingly bright tonight. Another beautiful winter sky.
Song of the Day: Etta Jones, Bye Bye Blackbird

Winter of the Crows – 11

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XI
He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

Yesterday’s Phenology: It got up to 35 or so today, the coldest day of the week, the weather guy said on the radio, and 7 degrees above average. Possibly up to the 60 mark in the next day or two? Not a lot of snow left now. This feels like March to me, or perhaps early April. Not good.

Song of the Day: Skip James, Crow Jane

Winter of the Crows – 10

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X
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish — particularly for February — and W      I           N                D                       Y          !

Song of the Day: Andrei Krylov, Black Crow