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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Weird Grass Growing by Creek

I can’t recall if I have shared any photographs of this on the blog before or not.

It’s some sort of odd grass-like plant that grows in one spot on the creek bank. This is what it looks like sprouting up:

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And this is a stick of it left over from last season:

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It stays green months after a stalk has broken off. And during the summer it has stripes. My daughter says that she thinks it looks like something out of Dr. Suess, and I think she’s right. Although you wouldn’t think so by the two photos I am sharing here. I need to try to get some photos of it, during it’s more colorful stage.

If anyone knows what it is, please let me know. Thanks!