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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nature Notes: Whimsical and Wild

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One way to look at the spring we are having is whimsical. One minute it's warm the next cold and the sky and wildlife seem to flit around in a playful, whimsical way.
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The rufous-sided towhee was flirting and singing in the pecan tree one day and hiding from the wild and frightening weather the next.
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I didn't get a shot of the hail totally covering my deck because when I first spotted it, I decided to hang out in my hall until I was sure the tornadoes had passed me by. I did get the shot above after much of the hail had melted.
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The robin took advantage of all the water that was left once the storm had passed.
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I love to photograph the hostas when they are soaked.
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I'm not sure if the damage to the leaf below was from the hail or insects.
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After the storm on Saturday, Sunday was a day made for walking.
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It's astounding how fast everything has gone from winter brown coats to green spring ones.
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The soaking storms will probably be a big help in terms of the summer like weather coming hard on the heals of cooler spring days.
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I have to say that summer is my least favorite season because hot humid weather gets to me.
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Lots of trees with their shade help and as long as mornings are cool I'm happy.
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As long as we get plenty of rain in the summer, and everything stays green I don't mind so much.
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One reason I'm thinking about summer is that we are having periodic days with temperatures in the 80s F although the nights are still cool. A few nights last week were close to freezing. We are also having a mixed bag with some days barely into the 60s F and it's not summer yet.
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The pecan tree on the left in the shot below is leafing out nicely.
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My azalea wall is forming one edge of my secret garden.
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My dogwoods and some of the azaleas lost a lot of their flowers in the storm but the damage was minimal and I was lucky. I'm certainly not complaining since some people lost their lives and some homes and buildings were demolished.
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An area of my garden is getting covered in honeysuckle but I don't mind. I love the smell once the flowers form. I don't remember when honeysuckle usually blooms.
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Today is overcast and very warm. The male cardinal decided to take a bath.
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12 comments:

Judy said...

I wish our spring was anything like yours...sigh...Our color here is white.

Rambling Woods said...

I am glad you suffered no serious damage. This spring has been a difficult one for so many.. I love your nature walks...Michelle

EG Wow said...

Spring looks so beautiful there. I'm so glad that the worst you suffered during the tornadoes was hail. It must have been very scary.

i beati said...

i want to walk every trail with you Sandy

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

all are beautiful but I prefer the photo with the man....magic....wonderful
congrats
http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/04/nothing-lasts-forever-2/

Arija said...

Your Kolkwitzia has survived very well, as have your azaleas. I a glad you have a secret garden! It was one of my childhood ambitions and now, at the other end when I have the space, I no longer have the strength to finish my sanctuary Garden.

April does as April is. It has always been the month of surprises. Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May, one minute it is hot, the next you have hail pelting on your head, that is it's very character. It, like life, is one of those double sided coin months.

Nicole said...

Beautiful photos again. I'd rather have your whimsical, minus the tornadoes, than our whimsical with dust every other day. :/
That Robin looks miserable :D

Jedediah said...

Beautiful photos. The pecan flowers are gorgeous.

ONG said...

I just found your blog and absolutely love the photos! We have been slow to get to Spring here in NJ but it has finally arrived. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi McBride said...

The storms were bad, thankful that you did not sustain that much damage...we too, were lucky...loss of power and downed trees in the woods were it. Enjoyed the photos you shared.
Sandi

Cloudia said...

you live in Eden!




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Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely series of photos, the cardinal is so well colour co-ordinated with the water bowl!

Glad the storms didn't affect you too badly!