Archive for May, 2017

nest building time

Yesterday’s Phenology: An almost perfect day. Cloudy and cool, with a high of 59. A perfect day for doing any number of things.
I must admit, my phenological skills are obviously limited. Unless something dramatic happens (such as snow falling, frost on the windshield, leaves changing colors, clouds of flying ants obscuring the sun, etc…) I’m clueless. Probably now there are migrating birds to be seen, and of course different flowers in bloom than two weeks ago. I’ve seen Irises lately. No poppies yet. Some lilacs are hanging on, but they may be a certain type of lilac that blooms later. I think I may have seen a catalpa (?) tree in bloom. The dandelions are all going to seed. Turns out that phenology may not be my strong suit.

Song of the day: 1000 Drummers and Golden Earring, Radar Love


spring buds, breezy day

Yesterday’s Phenology: A very nice day, mostly cloudy, with occasional showers and a high temp right about 64. And breezy! No complaints.

Song of the day: Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, CC Rider, Jenny Take a Ride


japanese garden, como conservatory

Yesterday’s Phenology: A good day for working in the yard; partly cloudy and warm with a cooling breeze. Not that you’d want to spend all day working in the yard. But, still, if that’s what you did, it was a good day for it. A little bit of thunder in the early evening as a cold front rolled through. A bit of rain and a huge rainbow. No pot of gold found this time, though.

Song of the day: Sakura, Cherry Blossoms


mo cro

Yesterday’s Phenology: Almost a perfect day, especially from a bike-riding perspective: overcast. upper sixties, low seventies? Not much wind at all. All this led to a pretty nice ride. There’s a lot of water locally. There’s a gully  by the greenway that is usually dry. I see cats down there sometimes when I’m just getting onto the bikeway. Today: 4 mallards, paddling about. Now that all the trees are leafed out, I hear more birds than I see. Today featured the Red-winged blackbirds.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, Wicked Rain


japanese garden, como park

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, pretty darn nice. Got up to about 80 today, with a wee bit of breeze. A perfect day for working outside, dog walks, and a long bike ride. And a day off from work!

Song of the day: José Feliciano, Light My Fire


como conservatory

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny and cool in the morning, in the 40s. Got up to the upper 60s in the afternoon, and passing showers that didn’t rain much around me. Drove through the Highland neighborhood after work. They must spend considerable time and money on dandelion poison, as there were nothing but pristine green lawns, block after block.

Song of the day: Van Morrison, Astral Weeks


ferns, eloise butler

Yesterday’s Phenology: Cloudy, cool, spring day. nice.

Song of the day: Steely Dan, Any Major Dude will Tell You


Japanese Garden, Como Park

Yesterday’s Phenology: A cool and cloudy day. Nice looking clouds. They tried to rain a bit, and managed to do so, here and there. Temp topped out at 60. Nice.

Song of the day: Jackson Browne, Rock me on the Water


one last spring sunrise

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a change of pace: it was sunny all day. We had something akin to snow-blindness. The sun: it’s very bright. We seized the opportunity presented by sun and a day off of work, and went to the dog park, where the water was high, and getting higher. Not as many dogs, it being a Monday, but pleasant none the less. Unidentified birds up in the trees, hiding behind leaves. It stayed cool throughout the day, in the 60s, with a bit of a breeze. A pretty nice day.

Song of the day: Paul Simon, Was a Sunny Day


Japanese Garden, Como Park

Yesterday’s Phenology: Perfect spring day; rain a bit in the morning, cool and cloudy throughout the day, with moments of rain or drizzle. Probably stayed in the 40s all day. Another good day for reading, bookstores, coffeeshops, and more reading.

Song of the day: Riley Lee, Sanctuary


crow

Yesterday’s Phenology: Rain, light rain, heavy rain, drizzle, mist, fog, rain, heavy rain, more rain, rain rain rain and more rain. It rained all day. The temp slowly climbed up through the 40s, and it was a bit breezy at times. A lot of rain. A nice morning to sit under the awning at Isles Bun and coffee, enjoy a scone and some coffee and watch the rain fall. Lots of very wet birds out there now, and a lot of unhappy worms. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tomorrow.

Song of the day: Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Fire


green pond

Yesterday’s Phenology: The temperature warmed up to the lower mid 50s today, and have kind of stayed there all day. It seems chillier. Overcast sky and a bit breezy. Perhaps it didn’t rain today. Not as far as I could tell. A pretty perfect spring day.

Song of the day: Fripp and Eno, Wind on the Water


spring rain

Yesterday’s phenology: A perfectly delightful day. After a night of rain, it rained a bit more during the day. Mostly overcast and cool and breezy. The temperature was 51 just after midnight, and has been dropping all day, and now it’s about 40. There were reports of snow up in Grand Marais, and there’s frost warnings north of the Twin Cities. Cool!

Song of the day: Sly and the Family Stone, Everybody is a Star


japanese garden, como conservatory

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day of stormy skies and rain. Much too nice to spend at work, and yet, there we were. Nice thunderstorm in the evening, just after dinner.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, Make It Rain & Rain Dogs


spring pops up

Yesterday’s Phenology: I hear it’s been dry in Northern Ireland. Here, quite a bit of rain in the night, lightning and thunder, and then again yesterday morning, and then some sun, and then some more thunder and rain. Things are green and damp and it feels June-like, though change is in the wind. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tonight and tomorrow.

Song of the day: Classics IV, Stormy


where’s mama?

Yesterday’s Phenology: First, today’s picture is of the baby bald eagle we saw at the dog park a couple weeks ago. Mom has just flown off, probably to go grocery shopping. Yesterday was mostly a cooler day than I thought it would be. A cold front (not to get all meteorological on you) pushed through, and then the sky got really quite dark, and then it rained a bit. Then it cleared off in the later afternoon and got sunny, and now it’s cloudy again. I’ve noticed, whenever there is a news story on the radio about heavy rain or snow somewhere, 99% of the time the story ends with “…One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tomorrow.” Things are bad, and things will be worse tomorrow. Such is the human condition. Back to you, Stan.
A work day, and a rainy one, and little wildlife was noted. Oh, there was the Bald eagle swooping over the River Road on my way home. Probably the one that lives in the neighborhood. I wonder if he’s got a name? What would be a suitable name? Something to think on.
Anyway. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tonight AND tomorrow.

Song of the day: Randy Newman, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today


up and at ’em

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another (hot) summer day. Temp in the 80s, and sunny sunny sunny. Also, a little breeze. Which seemed like a nasty headwind as I biked home. Many dandelions are going to seed now. Is there any point to trying to keep your yard dandelion free? It seems rather pointless. And yet I pulled a few dandelions today, not making a noticeable dent in the population. Elsewhere in nature, young bunnies are frolicking, young ducks are paddling, young turtles are sunning. And a perfect day for it too.

Song of the day: Bobby Hebb, Sunny


cardinal, eloise butler

Yesterday’s Phenology: Alas. A bright warm sunny day. A bit too bright, too warm, too sunny for my liking. Temp ventured up into the low 80s, I believe. A beautiful morning for the farmer’s market, and an okay day for a bike ride. Nicer after sun-down, though.

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now


Common Good Books, St. Paul

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a boring day. Sunny, mid 70s. Walked around the pond, the baby geese are about.

Song of the day: Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman


the morning call

Yesterday’s Phenology: A late spring day, or an early summer day? Sunny and temps in the upper 60s. Perfectly pleasant. The days seem incredibly long now. Still light out at quarter to nine!

Song of the day: Archie Bell and the Drells, Tighten Up


on the edges of the eloise butler garden

Yesterday’s Phenology: It was mostly an indoor day today. Cloudy morning, cloudy day, sun came out as I got off work, and a pretty evening. The air smells springy sweet from all the flowerin’ trees. Especially in the early morning.

Song of the day: Ella Fitzgerald, I love Paris


spring blossom, eloise butler garden

Yesterday’s Phenology: A fine day. (Another fine day.) Cloudy morning and cool, then cleared a bit and got into the 70s, then clouded up and rained a little bit. A bald eagle paid a visit to the little suburban pond where I work. There was a lot of nervousness about the pond, I bet. But he flew off without bothering anybody much.

Song of the day: Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightening


the crow flies over the moon

Yesterday’s Phenology: Pleasant enough. Cool and sunny morning. As the day wore on the offices warmed up. Had an afternoon meeting in a conference room that was a bit too warm. Don’t think we’ve hit air conditioning season yet, but it won’t be long now. Overcast in the evening, and now, as I prepare for bed, some lightning and thunder and, I assume, precipitation. Very pleasant hearing rain on the roof as one drifts off to sleep.

Song of the day: The Monkees, Daily Nightly


dog park day: whole lotta sniffin’ goin’ on…

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another perfect spring day. Low 60s and cloudy in the morning when we went dogparkin’. this is not the best picture of Flynn, but it gives a good idea of what’s up at the dog park on any given day. Dogs being dogs. Everybody happy. Sun came out as we left dogparkland, and it warmed up a bit, upper 60s, low 70s. Lotta green now, and, as I mentioned, all the trees are blossoming furiously. Heard an unusual bird at the dogpark, but there are now enough leaves up in the trees that it was impossible to spot. More research is needed.

Song of the day: Michael Parks, Then Came Bronson. (Okay, not really a song, per se.)