Archive for July, 2017

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Song of the Day: Pretenders, Brass in Pocket


creek greens

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, Car on a Hill


minnehaha creek

Song of the day: Neil Young, Cripple Creek Ferry


Summertime: Enjoy Life!

Song of the Day: Loudon Wainwright III, Got a Ukulele


centering stone

Song of the Day: Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie, and Eraldo Bernocchi, Winter Garden


good moments

Song of the day: John Lennon, Love is Real


minnehaha creek

Song of the day: Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, Watchin’ the River Flow


one from the archives, july 2011, unhinged

Song of the day: Maria Callas, La Traviata, Addio Del Passato

 


no place better than the dog park…

Song of the day: John Coltrane, On Green Dolphin Street


pole 100, wisconsin

Yesterday’s weather: hot and humid, if you want to know. All the Big thunderstorms went south of the TC during the day. Thunderstorms north of us in the evening, but 50/50 whether they will come down to visit us. Japanese beetles are widespread this summer, and many complaints on NextDoor websit about trees dripping sap everywhere. I guess this is a sappy summer. I have noticed some sticky sidewalks. Not pleasant for me, and can’t be pleasant for Flynn. Linden trees seem to be a big offender, and they also have a lot of the Japanese Beetles. Have I mentioned that we have millions of rapsberries?

Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, She’s No Lady


Maiden Rock, Wi

Yesterday’s Phenology: I heard on the radio that this is typically the warmest week of the year. (Yup, sure is.) I think Saturday is the start of the big cool down.

Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, Summer Wind

 


flower noir

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, the phenology portion of our show has basically turned into a weather report. Not exactly what I had in mind. And so I may occasionally add phenology notes, but it’s not going to be on a daily basis. (Unless I start seeing actual Phenology on a daily basis, which seems unlikely.) Yesterday was a beautiful day, the morning was cool and the dew was a heavy layer of sparkle on the grass. In the afternoon there was a nice thunderstorm. I was mocked by blackbirds on my way to work.

Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, She’s Already Made Up Her Mind


Kramer the Kingfisher

Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice thunderstorm rolled through yesterday evening and into the night, and the day following was cloudy with periods of rain and in about the 70s range. Nice. The evening cleared and turned sunny. Things are pretty quiet on the Phenology front. Nobody here is enjoying the warmth and the humidity.

Song of the day: The Mama’s and the Papa’s, Twelve-thirty


Angel from Maiden Rock

Yesterday’s Phenology: Summer continues. Sunny. 91. Not so enjoyable. Very dry.

Song of the day: Bonnie Raitt, Angel from Montgomery


sunday is always dog park day

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another summer day. High in the upper 80s, 90% sunny, maybe a bit humid, a tiny breeze. Water level on the Mississippi is very down, with lots of beach to walk on. Lots of wildflowers in the prairie are blooming, so says the weatherguide calendar, and I can verify, the small patch of “prairie” that I bike through is all abloom, very pretty.

Song of the Day: Arlo Guthrie, Walkin’ Down the Line


aermotor

Yesterday’s Phenology: Just plain hot. I checked weather.com in the mid afternoon: “95.4 degrees. Feels like 114.” Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far, but there was an awful lot of sunshine out there that rather discouraged outdoor activities. Tomorrow should be more pleasant. But no rain is in sight.

Song of the day: The Temptations, I Wish it Would Rain


dyno night

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another very nice day, with temps in the low 80s, perhaps, and lower humidity. Geese and ducks abound on the pond. Japanese beetles are back too, unfortunately. Very dry in our neighborhood, while surrounding areas of the cities have been drenched by recent rains.

Song of the day: Bruce Springsteen, State Trooper

 


red-winged blackbird – morning call

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sudden moment of nice weather. Cloudy all day, and the temperature peaked I think in the upper 60s. Delightful. Noticed a couple of large sized birds flying together above the river early this morning. No idea what they were. Eagles? Possible, but too far away to say.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, Blue Valentines


One from the archives, bluemobile, october 2011

Yesterday’s Phenology: Big storms last night, everywhere around here but not here. Here the lawns are turning brown. We had a little thunder last night, and a little wind, and a little rain. Not much. We could use some rain.

Song of the Day, Chuck Berry, Maybellene


Kingfisher, keeping an eye on things

Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish and Humidish. Noticed a parade of Canadian Geese marching out of our parking lot at work and up the hill to the pond. It was as if a tour bus had pulled up and let them out. They rather seemed like they were going to work.

Song of the day: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t got that Swing


need more of this…

Yesterday’s Phenology: What can you expect? Hot and mostly sunny. Mid 80s and humid. Big rainstorm last night went north and south of us. We stayed dry.

Song of the day: Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight


blackbird on guard

Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish, but mostly cloudy, which kept it from being hotish, I suppose. Saw the usual birds, and a few interesting bugs that I couldn’t identify, other than to say, coleoptra, probably. One of them may have been a youthful Japanese beetle. I bet.

Song of the day: The Mamas & The Papas, Monday Monday


just wading around

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny Summer Day. There were any number of clouds up there, but they avoided the sun, mostly, as much as they could. Can’t blame them. The sun is pretty darn warm. There was a bit of a northwesterly wind on my bike ride, which made the ride home a bit easier, and the wind picked up a bit later, as we visited the dog park in Hastings. Herons and egrets flying about. Not an awful day. Just a bit warm.

Song of the day: Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, with Betty Roche, Take the “A” Train


kingfishing

Yesterday’s Phenology: A much nicer day, cooler, 80s, and much less humid. Geese and egrets enjoying the pond in Maplewood.

Song of the day: Eric Burdon and The Animals, San Franciscan Nights