Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's been a rainy end to March but there has been a little blue peaking out for part of some of the days.
The shot above and below are of my azaleas.
I still have some camellias opening up on the two bushes in front of my house.
My dogwood trees are still blooming full force.
My neighbor's cat stuck its tongue out at me in front of my azaleas.
The Pieris Japonica below is another of my bushes in bloom.
Below is one of my rain soaked camellias.
Next is my rain soaked azalea.
Another rain soaked azalea is next.
I shot the dogwood trees through my window during a shower. The white one is mine and the pink one in the background is my neighbor's.
Yet another rain soaked azalea is below.
The white dogwood tree blossoms is in the front with my azaleas in the background.
One more dogwood tree shot.
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Friday, March 30, 2012
At first, I thought my Aunt's flowers were fresh (August 2009). She told me they were artificial.
I spotted the fresh sunflowers on the way to the beach in July of 2010.
A bowl of fresh produce from my 2008 summer garden.
A fresh sunflower growing in my garden in July of 2008.
Another fresh sunflower in my July 2008 garden.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The rufous-sided towhee was singing its little heart out in my pecan tree.
The second shot was in the middle of a song. The first shot was during a pause.
We had a frost warning last night but fortunately it stayed a few degrees above freezing.
It will be a miracle if we don't have a hard freeze before we make it past the risk, or that's what it will seem like. I think our average lost frost is mid April but sometimes we have a hard freeze in later April.
Although I will be sorry to see the azaleas hit by a freeze, I'm almost more worried about the trees which are leafing out so early this year.
I remember one year when the pecan tree was leafing out and the leaves were all killed by low temperatures in April. The tree did end up starting new leaves later but the pecans didn't do well that year.
In the shot above my dogwood is pictured overlapping with the oak tree branches. The shot below is my pecan tree.
The squirrels spend a lot of time in the pecan and oak trees at my house.
I know some people think of squirrels as pests but I like them.
My dogwood tree below is one of my favorites.
The male cardinal started chowing down on seeds I put out on my deck wall while I was still on my deck.
He stayed put while I snapped some shots. It made me think giving the birds treats to offset the cold morning was a good idea. Usually they fly off if I'm putting out food or changing water but I think the cold after all the warmth made the birds braver of eating with me near by.
This time of the year (although usually a little later) the way I let my bushes climb towards the trees pays off in a splashy show.
I don't know what the insect below is. The center green part of its body is 1/2 inch long so it's fairly small. UPDATE- Thanks to Michelle for identifying this as a young lacewing for me.
On a warmer day the sparrow below was taking a leisurely bath.
At the same time the towhee below was bathing in the other bath.
Although I see some American Robins year round, during warmer weather they come out of the trees and I see more of them.
The male cardinal was doing a pirouette in the cherry tree below.
The female cardinal below was splashing up a storm.
The sparrow below looked like it was posing all fluffed out.
The American Robin took a turn in the bath.
All of the shots for this week's nature notes were taken in my wild and crazy yard or on my deck. Click for the home of nature notes.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Only a few of my tulips have come up this year but they change throughout their growth period affording lots of photo ops.
I like the way some of my red tulips have white highlights.
Considering how many tulips I used to have, I try not to be disappointed by the dwindling numbers.
I only had one yellow tulip this year although perhaps a few more will come up.
The seem like different flowers when they open up.
Out of my dozen or so varieties of narcissus, only a few have bloomed this year.
I like this variety but I miss some of the others.
Also only two of these have bloomed out of 20 or so plants. The same thing happened with another narcissus that bloomed a week or so ago.
My azaleas are blooming very early and I'm crossing my fingers that we don't get a hard frost.
Covering my monster azaleas is not an option.
We've had a very wet spring this year.
I'm glad of a wet spring knowing that summers can be dry.
The azaleas got very drenched today.
I'm glad that it will be cooling off some next week but staying above freezing.
If it wasn't for the flowers, I wouldn't mind some very cold weather since winter was so mild this year.
My dogwood trees started blooming this week.
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