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