First Crocus of the Spring

It’s been far too long since I have updated this blog and some of my very best nature photos have never made it here. Perhaps someday I will have time to come back and back-fill all of those missing days. But life has just been very complex and it’s hard to find time to do all of the things that I need and want to do.

This year winter just doesn’t seem to want to go away. It was snowing here, even this week. But today I saw my first crocus of the season in bloom here. Here it is and I am looking forward to many more to come:

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More “Confused” Nature

I’ve taken several photographs recently of the “confusion’ brought on by the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this winter. Here are some from today.

Crocus, not only up, but in bud:

Worse than that, my Dianuthus is in bud early as well:

I hope they make it through the cold spell this weekend. It is supposed to be under 10 degrees here, by Sunday morning.

Hot!

Today it was 90 degrees outside!  Which is shockingly hot for April 2nd here.  I noticed something interesting.  Wasps were really aggressive all day long.  Even other people were commenting on it.  Which is odd because typically this time of year here they are flying around looking for places to make a nest.  And they aren’t typically more aggressive until later in the summer.  And by that time they have their nests set up, etc.  But I’m thinking now that their aggressiveness must be tied more to temperature, than to what stage they are in.  Because during these warm days they have been as mean as they are in August.  And the temps today are about what they are in August.  Just a random observation.

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Black Ice

I didn’t take any photos today.  But I just wanted to note that we went from flowers to black ice overnight.  We had a very heavy frost and woke up to lots of black ice everywhere this morning.  Lots of dangerous steps and driveways when people woke up today.  And the frost finished off my crocuses as well.  The Easter lillies have survived, but with some damage.

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