Posts tagged “grass

red-winged blackbird – morning call

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sudden moment of nice weather. Cloudy all day, and the temperature peaked I think in the upper 60s. Delightful. Noticed a couple of large sized birds flying together above the river early this morning. No idea what they were. Eagles? Possible, but too far away to say.

Song of the day: Tom Waits, Blue Valentines


blackbird on guard

Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish, but mostly cloudy, which kept it from being hotish, I suppose. Saw the usual birds, and a few interesting bugs that I couldn’t identify, other than to say, coleoptra, probably. One of them may have been a youthful Japanese beetle. I bet.

Song of the day: The Mamas & The Papas, Monday Monday


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


one from the archives, june 2005, a little morning sparkle

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another Pretty Darn Nice Day (PDND). 70s? check, cloudy? check. cool nights? check. Perfect dog walking weather.

Song of the day: Donovan, Sunshine Superman


frosted grass

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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


morning, dogpark

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Yesterday’s phenology: A beautiful morning, upper 40s, sunny, a little breezy, and so many leaves were falling, and swirling around, and blowing in piles across the sidewalks and streets. It clouded up a bit in the afternoon, but still very pleasant. I don’t think that red-winged blackbirds migrate, but I haven’t seen any in quite a long time. Perhaps they’ve gone on vacation.

Song of the day: the Rutles, Get up and Go


morning dew

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Perfect Fall Day (PFD). No Observed Phenology (NOP).

Song of the day: Paul Simon, Anji


under the mushroom

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Even thought it’s still 90% green around here — which makes those trees that are turning really stand out — the ground at the dogpark is littered with a thin layer of dead leaves. A good phenologist would note the kind of leaves, but, alas, no. The day started off with rain, then cleared off to a cloudy breezy day, then rained again, briefly, in the afternoon. All in all – a delightful day. Cool night – temperature is 52 as I stir this morning.

Song of the day: I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berrigan


river grass

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Yesterday’s Phenology: unremarkable.

Song of the day: Low, Plastic Cup


a moment on the prairie

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In the field outside the dogpark.

Yesterday’s phenology: a cloudy cool start to the day, in the 50s, and then sunny in the afternoon and upper 70s. The sun is a blinding orange ball at the end of Lake St. on my morning commute.  Lots of dragonflies zipping about the pond today. A lone blue heron in the shallow water. Herons seem to be loners, and, perhaps related, they always appear to be annoyed about something. Perhaps they do not enjoy wading about in the shallows, day after day. Anyway. Milkweed pods are splitting open, setting free their silky treasures. Our Ironwood tree seems to have some sort of so-called fruit. Not the kind, I think, that you would eat. Unless you happen to be a Hawfinch.

The forecasters are predicting “heavy rain” for tonight and tomorrow. Flash flood warnings all over the south part of Minnesota.

Song of the day: Down in the Flood, Bob Dylan, 1971


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Volunteer

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summer greens

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dragon at the water’s edge

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spider grass

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green on green on green

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Attentive Blackbird

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green morning grass

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young bun

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down in the dewy grass

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the cool of the dew in the morning grass

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sparkling morning

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early morning dew

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dew on the hill

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last of the grass

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