flowers &/or other plant life

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


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


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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


another little taste of summer. (late summer.)

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, can’t say much about the day. Upper mid 30s, I guess. Puddley and still daylight when I got off work, though dark blue clouds were rolling through. Hence, no visible moon-venus-mars meetup tonight for me.

Song of the Day:¬†Muddy Waters, You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had


a little taste of summer, one from the archives, September 2007, monarch

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Yesterday’s Phenology: a dusting of snow overnight made the morning bright and slippery. We took a late morning hike to the dogpark, and the sun came out and it was a beautiful January day there, for awhile. The temps skyrocketed up to break 40, and then the clouds moved in again and more precipitation, rain? snow? and more of the same tonight. There were rumors of eagles and owls at the dogpark, but no, none were seen. Saw a few crows, though, and bunny tracks in the new snow. And lots of dog tracks.

Song of the day: Bobbie Gentry, Ode to Billie Joe


winter kale

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Yesterday’s Phenology: After a number of days of gray overcast cloudy days, temps hovering about freezing, it finally decided to snow a bit. We got perhaps a couple of inches. So things look brighter and cheerier, a bit, I guess. Still, cloudy all day, and the temp peaked at about 31.

Song of the day: Johnny Lee Hooker, This Land is Nobody’s Land


thorn time

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Yesterday’s Phenology: 41 degrees. Heard a host of depressing climate news on the radio this afternoon. Earth’s hottest year on record. For the third year in a row. Good article on this in the New York Times. Bright sunny day. Another parade of crows in the evening, on my way home from work, hundreds of crows headed towards the river. Very lovely.

Song of the day: John Lee Hooker, Blues Before Sunrise