Tag Archives: spring

Spring has Sprung (for now)

We had some very warm weather that made the crocus bloom.  I looked for it yesterday, and it was not blooming then. The wind is blowing very hard right now, and we will get thunderstorms (and maybe worse) in an … Continue reading

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Wet Tree Watch

It is that time of the year, or at least almost that time of year.  Watch for wet trees. Here in Iowa most of the trees are deciduous.  The leaves fell from the branches last year, and the sap is … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Spring

It is a cool day today–42 degrees F.  To those of you on the more logical scale, that is 6 degrees C.  Winter is taking its own sweet time leaving us. I wanted to take some pictures of some critters … Continue reading

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Another Sign of Spring

This is the first day of spring, and I am really ready for spring and summer weather.  About three weeks ago it seemed like it would never come.  I haven’t seen my first butterfly of the year yet, but I … Continue reading

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Maybe in a Few Weeks

The temperature hasn’t reached freezing today, and the weather forecast has below freezing temperatures for highs for the rest of this week.  But we are half-way through February. Every year I like to photograph the first flowers I see.  Judging … Continue reading

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The Chase

Summer azures have multiple, overlapping broods in Iowa, according to The Butterflies of Iowa by Schlicht, Downey, and Nekola.  These seem a little worn and battered.   In the world of tiny butterflies these are no spring chickens.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Spring is Here, and I’m Lichen it.

We had a rainy day yesterday, although the weather was warm.  The lichens growing on tree trunks take on spectacular colors when they are saturated. The apple tree which had one bloom on Saturday had hundreds on Sunday. I love … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

A single flower has opened on our  apple tree.  Hundreds of buds are waiting in line to do the same. The forsythia is in full bloom now, though, adding much needed color to the back yard. It was a little … Continue reading

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Finally Some Flowers

My macro photography skills are a little rusty due to the lack of practice.  Finally we have some flowers in our yard–yesterday I looked for violets and dandelions, and could find neither.  Today, several are blooming.  I got my first … Continue reading

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Wild Turkeys

It has been a rainy day today, but we were treated to a couple of turkeys walking through our yard.  Turkeys were extirpated from Iowa and were gone for many decades.  Some time ago efforts were made to re-introduce them … Continue reading

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