shadows

did someone say dog-park day?

Yesterday’s Phenology: An odd sort of day. Upper 70s in the early early morning, and windy. Wind from the Southwest, but mostly from the south, didn’t seem to impede the westward bike ride. Sunny most of the day, and peaked at about 95, which is hotter than we like it. Clouded up in the early evening a bit, but nothing came from it, and the wind faded. A lot of lawns and grassy fields are starting to turn brownish, and some parts of the state are in early drought conditions. I guess a week of 80 degree sun will do that. Not so long ago there was more water than we knew what to do with, and Minnehaha Falls is still at full roar. Lots of birds hanging around the yard today, due to a number of filled bird baths.

Song of the day: the Lovin’ Spoonful, Summer in the City


japanese garden, como conservatory

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day of stormy skies and rain. Much too nice to spend at work, and yet, there we were. Nice thunderstorm in the evening, just after dinner.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, Make It Rain & Rain Dogs


morning flight

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny sky, high in the upper 60s, with a cooling breeze, redolent from the flowering trees, which seem to be everywhere. A few are starting to drop their petels, but many more are full of buds about to open.

song of the day:¬†Grateful Dead, Uncle John’s Band


spring pond, early morning

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another March day, high in the 40s, rained in the morning, and then stopped, though it looked like planned on raining again, and finally did in the later evening. A bit breezy, but generally nice, for March. The spring flowers are loving the cool temps, I think.

Song of the day: Leonard Cohen, Solidarity Forever


early morning fog

Yesterday’s Phenology: In the upper 40s in the early morning, a bit chilly on the bike. Warmed up a bit as day wore on , but still, mostly cloudy and cool, with some gusty breezes.

Song of the day: the Beatles, Hey Jude


sunny day

Yesterday’s Phenology: Very nice day; dog park in the morning was warm enough and mostly sunny. Lots of woodpeckers and cardinals at the dogpark, and a large raptor circling overhead, which I’m not sure what it was, but perhaps an osprey? Not an eagle. I don’t think a hawk, either. Very large, circling very gracefully. I’m not so good at identifying these raptors from below. Maybe it was a Condor? (kidding.) Very cool. Elsewhere on the Phenology front, the temp was probably in the upper 60s today, and we had a short thunderstorm in the late afternoon that dropped a lot of rain for about 15 minutes. Passing showers later on. Should get things greening up a bit.

Song of the Day: Paul Simon, Run That Body Down


Springy afternoon

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sunny start to the day, and a bit breezy. Sun glinting off the choppy waters of the Mississippi as I biked over the Lake Street Bridge. A couple hours later it had clouded over a bit, which kept the temperature down a bit. It was a cool tail-wind as I rode west back across the bridge. Robins squabbling in the yard this morning, and crocus blooming in the yard, and tulips coming up. Everything is happening fast. Snow drops persisting. Trees are budding out, but not much in the way of leaves yet. Cardinals calling each other. All sorts of birds about now.

Song of the day: Talking Heads, No Compassion