Song of the day: Stranger Than Fiction, Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
Fairport Convention, Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Yesterday’s Phenology: Oh, for the cool spring weather. How I miss it. 84 degrees and, yes, sunny today. Very sunny, very warm. Big birds flying across the sky today, egrets or herons, one lake to another. Very graceful.
Song of the day: Blind Faith, Can’t Find My Way Home
Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny, with a cold nip in the air. Scattered remnant of recent snow fall reminds one a bit of winter, though here we are in March already. Late in the day a pack of crows mocked me in the back yard. I shook my fist at them. Didn’t help.
Song of the day: Bob Dylan, I Threw it All Away
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
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
Yesterday’s Phenology: A very bright object was seen in the sky over Minneapolis. Scientists tell us that this is called “the sun.” Presumably it is important, but today it was just annoyingly bright. It also created the illusion of warmth, though the temperatures stayed just about where they’ve been the last few days. So much for reputed importance of “the sun.” After the sun thing went down, there was a very pretty sliver of a moon in the western sky, with Mars nearby and Venus higher overhead. I guess there will be a Venus Mars Moon meetup on the 31st, watch for it in a sky near you.
Song of the day: The Cowboy Junkies, Blue Moon
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
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
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
Yesterday’s Phenology: Downright balmy. It’s just kept getting warmer and warmer, until now it’s all the way up to 24. We also had a bit of snow throughout the day, which was fairly pretty as it was coming down but made for a very long commute home, as the roads were covered with mush, making for tenuous footing and worse driving than usual.
But, the snow also showed a lot of nice rabbit tracks around the pond. Invisible rabbits. You never see them, but they are there.
Song of the Day: Graham Nash, Military Madness
Yesterday’s Phenology: Cold, but not real cold, and breezy, but not real breezy. Mostly sunny. (Deceptive.) Now that I think it over, there was a pretty cold wind coming from the North as I was walking the dog this afternoon. We peaked at 9 today, and are back near the zero mark right now. It’s a good thing that the days are getting longer, otherwise winter can just grind you down. The longer days give one hope.
Song of the Day: Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane
Yesterday’s Phenology: Winter is Back. -4 when I woke up this morning, with a bit of a breeze. Cold enough to freeze your car door so that it won’t latch, and you need to tie it closed with a dog leash you find in the trunk. A sunny January day, but no warmth in it. The temperature drooped to -6 later in the morning, then peaked at about 4 in the early afternoon. There’s still quite a bit of ice about; it makes for dangerous dog walks.
Song of the Day: Local Hero (Mark Knopfler), Mist Covered Mountains
Yesterday’s Phenology: 2017 starts off with a day that is sunny and coldish. I believe it peaked at about 32 or so. There was a bit of a breeze. Squirrels are playing around. Crows are criticizing, and having murders, and cawing contests. The snow is crusty.
Song of the day: Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Against the Sky
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day largely gray, in the thirties, with few birdies, dirty snow down below, though in the dusking we get a dusting.
Song of the Day (and goodbye, good riddance 2016): Richard and Linda Thompson, Shoot Out the Lights.
Yesterday’s Phenology: Blustery! and warmish (30s). The 30 mph winds made it seem like it was a bit cooler than the low 30s. Snowflakes were seen, occasionally, but not enough to say that it was snowing. They were like scouts.
Song of the day: Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Twilight Mood
Yesterday’s Phenology: I did not venture out much, as, getting the Sunday paper, I noted a shiny layer of ice everywhere. “Good day to stay home,” I says to meself. It was another gray and mid-30s day, until later in the afternoon when it rained quite a good bit. Not something we like to see in December. Let alone on Christmas day.
Song of the day: Merv Griffin, Christmas City!
Yesterday’s Phenology: Gray and damp. Snow in the morning, but too warm for it too stick around much, then, later drizzly and foggy and mushy and a bit slippery out there and gray like foggy old London town, back in the day.
Song of the day: Luciano Pavarotti, Ave Maria
Today’s Phenology: Temps skyrocketed to 37 today. People were out in shorts, washing their cars, talking about what a hard winter it was. A bright sunny day. Wildlife is scarce. At least, in my little gray cubicle.
Song of the Day: Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Pink Elephants on Parade
Yesterday’s Phenology: Out of the blue, today, the sun came out, and it was oddly warm. Up in the 20s? Compared to -20, it was like springtime. All it takes is a little perspective, I guess.
Song of the day: George Harrison, Out of the Blue
Yesterday’s Phenology: Just plain cold all day. High temperature was -6. Day started off sunny and then went partly cloudy in the afternoon. The sun is so low in the sky that it’s easy to miss, behind a house or a tall building. -10 now, as night settles in. Again, sparrows lined up at the birdfeeder, shivering in their thin little winter coats, waiting for some bird seed.
Song of the Day: Brian Eno, Music for Airports