Posts tagged “spring

centering stone

Song of the Day: Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie, and Eraldo Bernocchi, Winter Garden


Eaglet

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another Sunny and overly-warm day. Just for the record, June was 2.4 degrees warmer than average. However, yesterday, nice morning for a dog walk, in the shade of the tall river trees. Got up to 81 during the afternoon. Not so bad, I guess.

Song of the day: the Grateful Dead, U.S. Blues



springtime and blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit warmer today, and maybe a bit sunnier? Was this the second longest day of the year? 15 hours and 37 minutes of daylight, according to the US Navy Observatory. Very nice. Much appreciated, after those long cold winter nights. But, of course, we’ve turned the corner now…

Song of the day: War, Slippin’ Into Darkness


early morning blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: More sun, more warm. Late afternoon clouds. Lots of little branches littering the ground because of the storms and the wind. No rain tonight, though.

Song of the day: Sonny Rollins Trio, Weaver of Dreams


morning blossom

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


off they go…

Yesterday’s Phenology: a warmish morning, followed by gathering clouds in the afternoon, followed by thunderstorm, followed by cool damp evening. Nice! My phenology reports are seriously hampered by being locked in the office all day. (okay, I’m not actually locked in all day.) However I did note little tiny baby raspberries on the raspberry bushes today.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, When the Circus comes to Town


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


ms. redwing blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny, clear, very warm, perhaps even hot out in the sun. Not so bad in the shade. A perfect evening to sit outside at the Sea Salt restaurant, enjoying a nice dinner and a delicious beer.

Song of the day: Miles Davis, Summer Night


the greenest green

Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice cool (50ish) morning. An overabundance of sun throughout the day. the goslings are gosling about the pond, they are surprisingly big, teen goslings, practically. Where does the time go? Tick Tock Tick Tock. Soon it will be fall again, the leaves now green will be dry and blown about by the chill north wind. Today, though, it’s teen goslings frolicking in the shady grass by the pond.

Song of the day: Cat Stevens, Morning has Broken


another morning blossom

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.

Song of the day: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends


red-winged black bird

Yesterday’s Phenology: Summer. Upper 70s and sunny. May was cooler than average – the first month that was cooler than average after a string of 18 warmer than average months. I expect we will be starting another string of warmer than average months in the very near future.

Song of the day: Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On


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


japanese garden, como park

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, pretty darn nice. Got up to about 80 today, with a wee bit of breeze. A perfect day for working outside, dog walks, and a long bike ride. And a day off from work!

Song of the day: José Feliciano, Light My Fire


ferns, eloise butler

Yesterday’s Phenology: Cloudy, cool, spring day. nice.

Song of the day: Steely Dan, Any Major Dude will Tell You


Japanese Garden, Como Park

Yesterday’s Phenology: A cool and cloudy day. Nice looking clouds. They tried to rain a bit, and managed to do so, here and there. Temp topped out at 60. Nice.

Song of the day: Jackson Browne, Rock me on the Water


one last spring sunrise

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a change of pace: it was sunny all day. We had something akin to snow-blindness. The sun: it’s very bright. We seized the opportunity presented by sun and a day off of work, and went to the dog park, where the water was high, and getting higher. Not as many dogs, it being a Monday, but pleasant none the less. Unidentified birds up in the trees, hiding behind leaves. It stayed cool throughout the day, in the 60s, with a bit of a breeze. A pretty nice day.

Song of the day: Paul Simon, Was a Sunny Day


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


green pond

Yesterday’s Phenology: The temperature warmed up to the lower mid 50s today, and have kind of stayed there all day. It seems chillier. Overcast sky and a bit breezy. Perhaps it didn’t rain today. Not as far as I could tell. A pretty perfect spring day.

Song of the day: Fripp and Eno, Wind on the Water


spring rain

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


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


spring pops up

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


where’s mama?

Yesterday’s Phenology: First, today’s picture is of the baby bald eagle we saw at the dog park a couple weeks ago. Mom has just flown off, probably to go grocery shopping. Yesterday was mostly a cooler day than I thought it would be. A cold front (not to get all meteorological on you) pushed through, and then the sky got really quite dark, and then it rained a bit. Then it cleared off in the later afternoon and got sunny, and now it’s cloudy again. I’ve noticed, whenever there is a news story on the radio about heavy rain or snow somewhere, 99% of the time the story ends with “…One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tomorrow.” Things are bad, and things will be worse tomorrow. Such is the human condition. Back to you, Stan.
A work day, and a rainy one, and little wildlife was noted. Oh, there was the Bald eagle swooping over the River Road on my way home. Probably the one that lives in the neighborhood. I wonder if he’s got a name? What would be a suitable name? Something to think on.
Anyway. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tonight AND tomorrow.

Song of the day: Randy Newman, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today


up and at ’em

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