flowers &/or other plant life

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


late late late summer morning glory

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Yesterday’s Phenology: a grey, damp day, temps in the low mid 30s, and snow and ice half-heartedly melting, but not really trying very hard. The air was gray, probably not great air quality in the cities. A friend reported that she heard chickadees singing their spring song, but I only heard them coughing up there. With the January thaw approaching (Watch this space for tomorrow’s temps!) it makes me think that it’s time for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture contest,¬†the most exciting 15 minutes of the winter. Get there early if you hope to see them!

Song of the Day: Bill Evans, My Foolish Heart


late summer green

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Totally Minnesota. Totally January. Woke up to a rain/snow/freezing rain mixture that had the car coated in ice. A slow and careful commute to work. The plows had done some good work during the night. But then more snowing and blowing throughout most of the day, a couple of inches of dry powder. And then the sun came out and the temperature plummeted, from the mid 20s to the single digits, with -10 wind chill. Big beautiful moon out there, clean clear winter air. The snow is all lit up by moonlight. Saw an eagle swoop over the Lake Street Bridge on my way home, doing some hunting I suppose.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, All the World is Green


This is kind of how January feels sometimes…

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Ahhh, January. The longest month. It warmed up to double digits today. In fact, still getting warmer, up to 16 right now. But an icy wind made it seem like another sub-zero day. Largely gray today. Only 200 or so days till cheery February arrives.

Song of the day: Smoke Fairies, Frozen Heart