After yesterday’s rain, we woke this morning to clear skies but the area was blanketed with a layer of fog. It turned our otherwise banal suburban street into something out of a fairy tale, with trees disappearing into the mist.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
After yesterday’s rain and this morning’s fog, it was a perfectly beautiful day today, sunny and quite warm. I took a break to go outside and take some pictures at lunch time and got some more pictures of maple flowers as well as some feral daffodils blooming in the woods next to my building, being enjoyed by a bee, as well.
It was another beautiful, clear day today, at least in the morning. I went out to see what I could find to photograph and didn’t come back with much. There are a some weeds with tiny white flowers but the pictures aren’t all that good. I also got some more pictures of daffodils but we’ll be seeing a lot of those shortly. Finally, there are these sycamore seeds. I can’t say I’ve looked at them all that closely before although I’ve pulled apart the seed balls from time to time. I’m glad I went out when I did because in the afternoon the temperature dropped and it started raining, sometimes quite hard.
We went to the WCA Auction and had a good time visiting with friends as well as buying a few things to help support the school. I took a bunch of pictures, as you might expect, but I think I like this one the most. This is Sterling and Connie and a nicer couple of people you will be hard pressed to find.
It was cool again today but mostly sunny and beautiful. The last few days, with the alternating warm and rain, has brought out the smaller daffodils and crocuses. There are occasional cherry trees already in bloom although we’re not really close to them all being out yet. There are likely to be lots of daffodil pictures in the coming weeks so I decided to stick to posting crocuses today, mostly just pictures of purple.
I was out in the yard, lying on a tarp because the ground is still very wet. I rolled over and was watching the clouds go by when I saw a nuthatch bopping around on the tree overhead. This picture of it (the third one here) was taken through small branches which accounts for much of the fuzziness. Cute little thing, though.
I had a surprise visit at my office today from a friend. This is Amelia and she was nice enough to let me take a few pictures of her. Happy birthday, dear one.
I emptied my pocket onto the table this evening and found, among other things, these three coins. Why were there 5 Danish Kroner and 2 Canadian Dollar pieces in my pocket? You may well ask. I assume I had taken them out of one of the pockets of my camera bag recently and they’ve been in my pocket ever since, moving around with the rest of my change as I changed clothes. I’ve always felt that U.S.A. money is not as nice as the rest of the world. I guess I like the idea of different presidents on different denominations well enough, but maybe we could be more creative with the reverse. Also, I like the two-tone Canadian coin. I’m also a fan of the £1 and £2 coins (and the £2 is also two colors). Unlike our $1 coins, the £1 coins can be differentiated from other coins while still in your pocket, which I think it vital. Make $1 coins smaller but thicker and they might catch on. I think $2 and $5 coins might be nice, as well.
I’m not sure how many hats TJ is actually wearing, but probably not 500.
We had another beautiful sunrise this morning.
It isn’t as sinister as a snake in the grass but a toad in the grass is something to look out for. Cathy came across this fell while working in the yard this afternoon. After I took a few pictures I tried to clear the grass away for a better shot but he didn’t like that and backed down into the ground and disappeared.
Kendra came over this evening and hung out with Dorothy. We took pictures of each other with our cameras and this is the one of Kendra we decided we liked best.
He used to have propellors on his head that spun around when he moved but they have fallen off. I know where one is but without all three he isn’t balanced properly and he falls over, which is sort of useless. Still, a duck on a bike is a happy thing. Thanks, David.
It was cool this morning and again in the evening but in the afternoon it was very pleasant out. We worked in the yard and I hauled off a load of sticks to the dump. That seems to be a never ending task. When I got back I took a break to enjoy the flowers that we have around the yard. I’m particularly fond of blue flowers and like Chionodoxa a lot. Small but very nice.
Dorothy and two of her friends went to see Young The Giant this evening. This is them, just before they left. Dawn, Kendra, Dorothy, and James.
Dorothy flew to Florida today to visit her friend, Simone. Simone’s brother Eric and his friend Brian were on the same flight, which was nice since it was Dorothy’s first time flying without us. Here are a few photos from Reagan National Airport, the first airport I remember being in as a child.
Shortly after we moved into our house our good friend Erin gave me some bulbs. There were daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths. Here are the daffodils and crocuses. They are all in bloom right now, ahead of the rest of the bulbs that are coming up fast and furious as the temperature was in the upper 70s today.
It was a beautiful spring day today, more like May than March. Cathy and I took a walk around the block at lunch time and I took a few pictures. The star magnolia picture was taken at Cathy’s mom’s house after work. Not the most reliable bloomer in our climate, often being hit by a late frost, but not this year.
The spicebush is in bloom and the little things that like flowers are active. It was another warm day today and I took time to go out and enjoy it a little. I wandered around in the woods next to my office and took pictures of spicebush flowers as well as some daffodils that are blooming there. There was a tiny spider on the daffodil and this ant on the spicebush.
With Dorothy out of town, Cathy and I had a quiet evening out today, which was a nice way to end the week. This is Cathy waiting by the fire at Redrock Canyon Grill. The wait wasn’t very long, the food was decent (although not as good as the price implied) and it was nice to be out together.
… and pinks and whites. The first of these was actually taken yesterday but the rest were from today, all in our yard. I love Chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-snow, so-called because it blooms early when it’s still cold, except is hasn’t been). I’m particularly fond of the blue varieties but this pink one is nice and has the added advantage of being tall enough to bloom above the Pachysandra. Most varieties are too short for that.
A few of my very favorite flowers. Muscari are terrific. I only wish they were around longer. Even more fleeting are the beautiful white flowers of bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis. I’ll try to get some pictures of the flowers tomorrow morning while they are still open. Soon they’ll be gone and the interesting hand shaped leaves will open up. There were lots of birds out this afternoon. A cardinal was singing off and on all day. There were also a bunch of chickadees around but only one got close enough for a picture.
I took a two minute break today and stood at my office window enjoying the clouds and the multitudes of green that are beginning to appear on the other side of the parking lot. Looking up I saw this hawk circling overhead, looking for a meal.
The Bradford Pear isn’t really the best tree for lining a road. Not long term, anyway. They get to a certain size and then start breaking apart. This time of year, though, they make a pretty impressive display.
Shh. Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting wabbits.
I came home to find this fellow chomping away in our garden this evening. No, it didn’t go after it with the rake a la Mister McGregor but I can’t say the thought didn’t cross my mind.
I like this picture. To me, although its a fairly good likeness of these flowers, it actually makes it hard to see what they are. It’s the size, I guess. the photo makes them look big to me, like they are camelias or something. Actually, they are each about 3/8 inch across. It is a spirea in our back yard.
Well, they are mostly out and looking good. This is one of the two cherries in our yard. The other hasn’t started to come out yet, which is actually nice because it means we get a longer period of bloom.
The flowers have been nice so far this spring and they keep on coming. I didn’t plant as much scilla as some of the other things and now I’m wondering why. It’s a pretty little thing. Siberian Squill, Scilla siberica var Spring Beauty.
Last year I planted an Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) in a shady part of the front yard. It’s doing well and leafing out and I like the lines of the emerging leaves.
…It’s Raining Violets (and cherry blossoms, bloodroot, kale, periwinkle, spiraea, and forsythia, among many other things. Here are some examples, along with water droplets on blades of grass. Surface tension is a wonderful thing.
We moved the new aquarium into the kitchen today and got it situated. As you can see, it doesn’t have any water in it yet, that will come. For now, it’s home to a lucky cat and some Clementines.
I wasn’t particularly pleased to find this tiny beetle in my house today. It is a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci and it is quite small (those are millimeter markings on the ruler next to it). Fairly common, apparently, I had never seen one before. Not as bad as finding termites, perhaps, or even having a problem with wool eating moths, it’s still not something you want when you have “treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy.”
I’ve always thought that Redbud (Eastern Redbud, in this case, Cercis canadensis) is misnamed. On the other hand, neither Purplebud nor Pinkbud sound quite right. I never noticed before how much these little flowers look like pink slippers, though. Pretty neat.
The forecast was for a frost overnight and our thermometer read 27°F this morning. The ground is warm and I don’t expect any significant damage to plants and flowers in the yard. This tulip, the only one of ours that is actually blooming so far, didn’t appreciate the cold, though.
We have this little flowering almond in our front garden. It never seems to get bigger than about four feet and it died to the ground a few years ago. This winter was milder than average so it’s doing quite well. Maybe it will do better this year. Anyway, it has very double flowers about half an inch across which are quite lovely. Imagine a tree full of these.
Dorothy had a half day at school today. She and her good friend Hannah went out for lunch after school and I picked them up a little before 3:00. Hannah went with Dorothy to her art lesson and that’s where this picture was taken. Dorothy teacher buys silk to use in her art work and gave Dorothy the small scraps of silk used to tie up the pieces, which is what Dorothy’s using as a mustache.
It was history night at the lower school this evening and although Dorothy hasn’t taken part in five years, I wanted to go anyway. It’s a fun time and I love seeing the kids dressed in their various period costumes. Here are the two third grade teachers, Katie and Emily, hamming it up.
Lots of things in bloom right now and I’ll put up a few more tomorrow but for now, here’s a little flower that I like. It is Anemone blanda ‘Pink Star’ and there are a few of them trying to compete with the gooseneck loosestrife, which will ultimately win unless something is done to protect the little ones.