trees, flowers &/or other plant life

A superior sunrise – september

Life is good on the North Shore.

Song of the day, Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin, Prabhati


lost heart

 

Song of the day, Chet Baker, My Funny Valentine


early morning, walking to the dog park

Song of the day: Miyata Kohachiro, Honshirabe


green green summer

Song of the day: Earth Wind and Fire, That’s the Way of the World


spectator on the bike trail

Song of the Day: Lyle Lovett, I’ve Been to Memphis


crossing the mighty minnehaha

Song of the day: Ralf Bendix, Minne Minnehaha


summer river sky

Song of the day: Penguin Cafe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

 


red-winged blackbird striking a pose

Song of the day: Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby

 


minnehaha creek

Song of the day: Neil Young, Cripple Creek Ferry


no place better than the dog park…

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


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


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


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


Red-winged blackbird, looking skeptical

Yesterday’s Phenology: Bright and painfully sunny initially, then a bunch of big clouds moved in, then overcast, then partly sunny. Thought it might rain at some point, but, disappointment, no. Temp in the mid 70s, though warmer in the car. Saw a lot of bald eagles as we drove down river to Maiden Rock, over the river and over the Wisconsin bluffs, and a few herons, and a red-tailed hawk, possibly. Good day for flying, I guess.

Song of the day: Temptations, My Girl, Get Ready


yet another red-winged black bird…

Yesterday’s Phenology: Fifty-one degrees when I got up; not your usual late June weather in this part of Minnesota. And it was a cool and partly cloudy day, in the low 70s. Saw quite a few dogs out walking their people this evening, after dinner.

Song of the day: Eric Burdon and the Animals, Monterey


Bird o’ the Day (warbler? redstart?)

Yesterday’s Phenology: In the upper 50s at the beginning of the day, and probably didn’t crack the 70s. A few little passing thundershowers, but the day was mostly just cool and breezy and cloudy. Lot’s o’ wee bunnies hoppin’ about, enjoying the north-shore weather.

Song of the Day: Malcolm Dalglish, Gray Larson, Banish Misfortune


The Call of the Wild

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a front moved through. Or something. Anyway it started raining in the early morning and rained most of the day. A good soaking.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, Will the Wolf Survive


a little on the rainy side

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day in the mid 80s, mostly overcast, a little muggy. Stopped by the redwinged blackbird nesting area before work, and there was quite a lot of activity. Young birds testing their wings? Also happened upon a Pileated Woodpecker, a nice surprise.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, Somewhere


arctic willow after the rain

Yesterday’s Phenology: It was cooler and cloudy in the morning, perhaps in the 70s. The big thunderstorm hit at about 9 or so… just as we were making our way back to the car at the dog park. It got very very dark, and it rained very very hard, and we got to the car just as the hail started. It rained much of the morning, then was cloudy and cooler and much nice through the rest of the day, with periods of rain, temps in the 60s and 70s. Should green things up a bit.

Song of the day: Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain


early morning blooms

Yesterday’s Phenology: More typical late-spring weather returns: sunny and I think 75 today. Fortunately I worked through most of that, and didn’t have to deal with the glare and the heat of the day. A cooler evening, very suitable for dog-walking and sitting-out-side-beer-drinking.

Song of the day: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Summertime


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


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


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


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