Song of the day: Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, George Gershwin, piano, Rhapsody in Blue, 1924
Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, the phenology portion of our show has basically turned into a weather report. Not exactly what I had in mind. And so I may occasionally add phenology notes, but it’s not going to be on a daily basis. (Unless I start seeing actual Phenology on a daily basis, which seems unlikely.) Yesterday was a beautiful day, the morning was cool and the dew was a heavy layer of sparkle on the grass. In the afternoon there was a nice thunderstorm. I was mocked by blackbirds on my way to work.
Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, She’s Already Made Up Her Mind
Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Not fade Away, Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another beautiful summer day, with clouds, low humidity, temp in the 70s. A perfect day for not working, or what you will.
Song of the day: Mungo Jerry, In the Summertime
Yesterday’s Phenology: Largely warm and steamy. 80s? Sunny? Waiting on the next thunderstorm, which I believe is scheduled to arrive in an hour or two.
Song of the day: Los Lobos, Saint Behind the Glass
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day of sunny hot, temp in the upper 80s. Clouded over in the evening, almost as if to rain, but I don’t think it will happen. Mysterious birds lurk in the trees.
Song of the day: Guys and Dolls, Fugue for the Tinhorns
Yesterday’s Phenology: 89 degrees. Need I say more? Sunny and unpleasantly warm. What can you do? It’s June. A few small passing rain showers in the evening, didn’t seem to cool things off much.
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
Yesterday’s phenology: A perfectly delightful day. After a night of rain, it rained a bit more during the day. Mostly overcast and cool and breezy. The temperature was 51 just after midnight, and has been dropping all day, and now it’s about 40. There were reports of snow up in Grand Marais, and there’s frost warnings north of the Twin Cities. Cool!
Song of the day: Sly and the Family Stone, Everybody is a Star
Yesterday’s Phenology: I hear it’s been dry in Northern Ireland. Here, quite a bit of rain in the night, lightning and thunder, and then again yesterday morning, and then some sun, and then some more thunder and rain. Things are green and damp and it feels June-like, though change is in the wind. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tonight and tomorrow.
Song of the day: Classics IV, Stormy
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another (hot) summer day. Temp in the 80s, and sunny sunny sunny. Also, a little breeze. Which seemed like a nasty headwind as I biked home. Many dandelions are going to seed now. Is there any point to trying to keep your yard dandelion free? It seems rather pointless. And yet I pulled a few dandelions today, not making a noticeable dent in the population. Elsewhere in nature, young bunnies are frolicking, young ducks are paddling, young turtles are sunning. And a perfect day for it too.
Song of the day: Bobby Hebb, Sunny
Yesterday’s Phenology: A fine day. (Another fine day.) Cloudy morning and cool, then cleared a bit and got into the 70s, then clouded up and rained a little bit. A bald eagle paid a visit to the little suburban pond where I work. There was a lot of nervousness about the pond, I bet. But he flew off without bothering anybody much.
Song of the day: Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightening
Yesterday’s Phenology: Upper upper 60s today, and a little breezy. Clouded over in the afternoon. The grass is tall, though there are those of us who follow the old tradition of not mowing before May 15th, lest your ears fall off. Probably nothing to that, but, still, why take a chance? Sea gulls in the parking lot in the morning, making a racket. The usual geese and ducks around the pond. I’m watching for buffleheads and cormorants. Where are they? My local naturalist thinks that yesterday’s turtle may have been a baby snapper. I think she may be right.
Song of the day: Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Cowgirl in the Sand
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
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
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