Archive for April, 2017

early morning red-winged blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: A pretty beautiful day. Sunny morning, temps in the low 40s, seemed a bit chillier by the river at the dogpark. The river was running fast from last week’s rain, and some of the low parts of the dog park were underwater. Lots o’ dogs at the dog park this morning. Warmed up a bit in the afternoon, and clouded over.

Song of the day: Ten Years After, I’d Love to Change the World


record-store day

Yesterday’s Phenology: A surprisingly nice day, after recent weather occurences, with sun, and blue sky, and reasonably warmish April temps. Wood ducks, mallards, and canadian geese all getting along around the pond. People could learn a thing or two from these water fowl.

Song of the day: Joe Cocker, With a Little Help From My Friends


forsythia

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, as we had April weather in March, perhaps it’s only fair that we have March weather here in April. (And perhaps May.) A cold and breezy day here, with flurries of snow that left the ground partially covered up in Maplewood. Cold! Snow! Wind! April in Minnesota. Snowing for a bit like in a snow globe. The theater of the seasons. It was actually very pretty, and, as it is but a dusting that won’t last long, kind of enjoyable. In Minnesota you have to roll with what comes.

Song of the day: Ringo Starr, It Don’t Come Easy


buds

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another delightful day of overcast sky and wet coldness. Rained during the night and rained during the morning and I’m SO glad that we didn’t get the freezing variety of rain that they received up Nort. Thank you very much. Things are very much green, but it turned colder during the day, and is 37 as I get ready for bed. Snow in April and May is certainly not unusual.

Song of the day: Lesley Gore, You Don’t Own Me


little miracles

Yesterday’s Phenology: A delightful day. Overcast and cooler. Rain arrived on schedule, a little misting rain at first, and then a regular steady rain, and then more rain. Eskimos have 50 words for snow. I wonder if they have 50 words for rain in the tropics? Anyway, what we have here is a “soaker.” A nice gentle rain that lasts a long time. Just what Dr. Spring ordered.

Song of the day: the Beatles, Rain


early morning fog

Yesterday’s Phenology: In the upper 40s in the early morning, a bit chilly on the bike. Warmed up a bit as day wore on , but still, mostly cloudy and cool, with some gusty breezes.

Song of the day: the Beatles, Hey Jude


Sunday (aka Dog Park Day)

Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice day. Upper 60s, perhaps, with hazy cloudy sunny sky. Mostly cloudy I guess. Tulips are blooming here and there, but not yet in our yard. Saw a young bald eagle sitting on a tree with it’s mother at the Dog Park. Mom flew off to find food. Eaglet looked annoyed.

Song of the day: the Beatles, It’s a Hard Day’s Night


Silvertone

Yesterday’s Phenology: Picture perfect day. Upper 60s and sunny. Visited Eloise Butler wildflower garden. I won’t go into details, but many little wildflowers are up and open for business. You’ll see some pictures soon.

Song of the day: Meade Lux Lewis, Honky Tonk Train Blues


Dine / Dance

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny and warmish — though the day did start off with scraping ice off the windshield. But, a momentary disappointment. The day improved. The sun warmed. Wood ducks waddle by the pond. Geese pout by the paths, all surly and annoyed. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a cheery Canadian Goose. They are malcontents.

Song of the day, Petula Clark, I Know a Place


big bike bug

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another cool cloudy spring day. Temp just nudged up to 50 degrees. Blue Jays are looking at things very critically, these days. They are vainglorious posers who are never around when there is real work to be done, but they love to complain about things.
Well, maybe they are not all like that.

Song of the day: Harry James and his Orchestra, When Your Lover Has Gone

 


the bicycle bugs are out…

Yesterday’s Phenology: This has been a pretty nice spring! This morning, in the 40s. Maybe it got up into the 50s today. Rained a lot in the morning, cloudy afternoon, and then more rain and a bit of thunder in the evening. Big buds are opening up everywhere.

Song of the day: Count Basie and his Orchestra, One O’Clock Jump


morning flight

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another nice rainy day, until the afternoon, when it stopped raining, and then the sun peeked out a bit. Nice to get the rain. Noticed a ruckus up in the trees as I walked Flynn in the late afternoon, birds, excited, and then a hawk flew out of a spruce and away.

Song of the Day: Spencer Davis Group, Gimme Some Lovin’


spring flowers in Bikeland

Yesterday’s Phenology: Unseemingly sunny and cheery out side. Temps in the upper 50s. Razorback pigs are shedding their winter coats, boots, and mittens as they root around in the alleys, looking for the early spring truffles, or whatever else they can find. Their melodious grunting and snuffling reminds us all that it’s springtime in the heartland and that we should ought to be enjoying it.

Song of the day: the Beatles, Taxman


morning commute

Yesterday’s Phenology: Mostly a perfect day, temp in the 60s, sunny, beautiful. Only problem was the gusty wind coming out of the west, during my bike ride in particular. Still great time of year for birdwatching, though that won’t last much longer, as things are greening up. Saw a pair of kingfishers at the dogpark this morning. Heard a lot of cardinals and flickers, but saw nary a flicker, not a one.

Song of the day: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Sunfighter


The Imperial Room, Minneapolis

Yesterday’s Phenology: Spring continues to spring forth. Rained all night, and rained gently much of the morning. Cleared up briefly in mid afternoon, then, late afternoon thunderstorm and more rain. Big buds on the dogwood, and grass is greened up. Cardinals calling, robins singing. Spring.

Song of the day: Little Anthony and the Imperials, Hurt so Bad


ta-da!

Yesterday’s Phenology: A very pleasant spring day, partly sunny, perhaps in the upper 50s? Until early evening, when the rain arrived, also very pleasant.

Song of the day: Vivaldi, Spring


Coffee Roaster, Dunn Brothers Coffee, St. Paul

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another good day, overcast and cool. Maybe a few sprinkles in the evening, maybe a little sunshine. Seagulls wheeling in the sky, making a racket. May have been Parking Lot Gulls, actually.

Song of the day: Sarah Vaughan, Black Coffee


One from the archives, may 2016, is there anything more funner than a game of chase? I don’t think so. Let loose the dogs of spring…

Yesterday’s Phenology: A perfect day. By that I mean that it was gray and gloomy overcast all day, temp in the low 50s, not much wind, and it started to rain a bit right after I got off work. Who could ask for anything more?

Song of the Day: Harry Nilsson, Me and my Arrow


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Yesterday’s Phenology: Woke up to a winter wonderland, with about an inch and a half of snow on the ground, and all the trees and bushes crowned with heavy white crowns. Snow was kind of spotty across the Twin Cities – it seemed like downtown St. Paul didn’t get any, and there was a dusting up in Maplewood. Just about freezing as I headed to work, but the sun came out in the afternoon and it warmed up to the low 50s. Saw about a dozen red-winged blackbirds showing off in a little tiny wetland on my way to work. After work I walked Flynn and saw a lot of little tiny blue flowers looking for pollinators. Springtime in Minnesota.

Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Estimated Prophet

 


passing crow

Yesterday’s Phenology: It was much like a nice fall day yesterday. The high temperature was about 3 in the morning, in the low 50s, and the temp just gradually dropped from there throughout the day. Some would call the day “gloomy” but I liked the dark clouds moving through, they had character and forboding. It rained a bit on my way home from work, and the temp is just 33 now as I head to bed. A cold foggy night ahead. Will we get a frost?

Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Cold Rain and Snow


sunny day

Yesterday’s Phenology: Very nice day; dog park in the morning was warm enough and mostly sunny. Lots of woodpeckers and cardinals at the dogpark, and a large raptor circling overhead, which I’m not sure what it was, but perhaps an osprey? Not an eagle. I don’t think a hawk, either. Very large, circling very gracefully. I’m not so good at identifying these raptors from below. Maybe it was a Condor? (kidding.) Very cool. Elsewhere on the Phenology front, the temp was probably in the upper 60s today, and we had a short thunderstorm in the late afternoon that dropped a lot of rain for about 15 minutes. Passing showers later on. Should get things greening up a bit.

Song of the Day: Paul Simon, Run That Body Down


Springy afternoon

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sunny start to the day, and a bit breezy. Sun glinting off the choppy waters of the Mississippi as I biked over the Lake Street Bridge. A couple hours later it had clouded over a bit, which kept the temperature down a bit. It was a cool tail-wind as I rode west back across the bridge. Robins squabbling in the yard this morning, and crocus blooming in the yard, and tulips coming up. Everything is happening fast. Snow drops persisting. Trees are budding out, but not much in the way of leaves yet. Cardinals calling each other. All sorts of birds about now.

Song of the day: Talking Heads, No Compassion


always take your traveler, cause you never know…

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny and a bit breezy, up in the 50s, I believe. The geese around the lake are surly today. In the evening, a beautiful moon and silver ribbons of clouds.

Song of the day: Sonny Rollins trio, Weaver of Dreams


springing

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bright and sunny and middling warmish day. Maybe in the 50s? Geese swimming on the pond with mallards, and I remembered seeing the wee bufflehead last year, and that reminded me to get out more to watch for the migratory birds passing through. Last spring was a good one for birds, as I recall. There was the cormorant, too, later on. And so: Be Alert! Things are happening rapidly out there! Lots of green buds on plants, lots of little blue flowers in a neighbors yard. It’s Spring all right.

Song of the day: Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring