Oh the difference a few hours can make…

These first shots were taken at 2 pm:

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And these next shots were taken four hours later, at 6pm:

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And goodnight.  🙂

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More crocuses

Ok I know, lots and lots of crocus.  But honestly I haven’t seen much else yet.  And I like them.  And they don’t last long so… if you’re getting bored of them don’t worry soon they will be gone for another year.

But in the meantime here are a few more blooms:

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It’s no wonder the bees were so attracted to them today.  Look at all the pollen this year!

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Mystery Solved

Last year I wondered why some of my crocuses had crooked, wiry looking leaves when the rest did not. I wasn’t sure what it was. Now I know. Apparently that is what the leaves turn to, when the plant is being (or has been) chewed on by a slug.

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And here is the culprit on the bloom beside of it, caught in the act:

I didn’t have the heart to squish him.  But I put him on a stick and flung him over the hill.  🙂
I read something saying they home in and come straight back to where they were, but so far it’s been 10 days and it has not came back yet.

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Spider on a crocus bloom

I believe I’ve mentioned on here before that I am not terribly fond of photographing spiders, as they kinda give me the creeps.  But occasionally one will interest me.  I was looking at the newest crocus blooms today and saw this little one on one of the blooms.

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a closer look:

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What happened next is kinda funny (now).  I moved my camera to take photos of some other crocus blooms beside of this one.  (I’ll probably post a couple of those next.)  But while doing that, I had the camera extremely close to the bloom this spider was on.  When I raised the camera, the spider was gone.  The last time I looked at him he was taking one of those stances like they do when threatened.  So upon noticing that he was missing I went into a search of my camera, hoping he hadn’t jumped or crawled onto it when I had it too close to him.  I didn’t see him on my camera at all.  But was still wondering where he had went to, when finally I spotted him.

He had been hiding on the underside of the crocus bloom the entire time.

And I had wasted 5 minutes searching my camera for nothing.  LOL!

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My first Crocus blooms of the year

I am always so happy to see these each year.  They pop up as soon as the snow is gone (sometimes while snow remains) and they inspire hope.  And they remind me that to everything there is a season.

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Sorry I got a little carried away taking so many crocus photos.  But I love them.  And I was excited to finally have something interesting to photograph.  😉

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