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.
The rufous-sided towhee was flirting and singing in the pecan tree one day and hiding from the wild and frightening weather the next.
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.
The robin took advantage of all the water that was left once the storm had passed.
I love to photograph the hostas when they are soaked.
I'm not sure if the damage to the leaf below was from the hail or insects.
After the storm on Saturday, Sunday was a day made for walking.
It's astounding how fast everything has gone from winter brown coats to green spring ones.
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.
I have to say that summer is my least favorite season because hot humid weather gets to me.
Lots of trees with their shade help and as long as mornings are cool I'm happy.
As long as we get plenty of rain in the summer, and everything stays green I don't mind so much.
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.
The pecan tree on the left in the shot below is leafing out nicely.
My azalea wall is forming one edge of my secret garden.
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.
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.
Today is overcast and very warm. The male cardinal decided to take a bath.
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