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May Morning

Rain on the way, so Carrie and I took our walk this morning. In spite of the chilly, grey morning, the Nature Conservancy offered some nice color.

Plenty of Marsh Marigolds around. They are among the first of the wildflowers to bloom and are always a welcome sight.

Orioles arrived a couple of days ago, and I had to hurry to put some grape jelly out for them. I put a small container in a dish of water to keep the ants at bay.

It’s comforting to see these signs of Spring when the dreary weather is sending a different message!

Fickle April

I was so disappointed to see snow flying past my window this first day of April that I went searching through my hard drive for something colorful to post.

These lovely Daffodils were photographed on April 20th 2020.

And this was taken on April 23rd 2020. Best not put our winter jackets away just yet.

Fortunately, Daffodils are much tougher than they look, and soldier on through frost and snow, and anything else this fickle month can throw at them!

Cold Snap

It was so cold here on Tuesday night, my icicles grew ‘fur’!

I’m not sure how cold it was overnight, but it was -14F at eight a.m. Thank goodness the sun shone, which made it seem warmer, even if it wasn’t!

It has not been above freezing here for a long time now, but where the sun reaches the roof, we are getting some very impressive icicles.

At least there are some signs of life indoors. My Christmas Cactus is blooming, and the African Violet I re-potted recently is rewarding me with a new bud.:-)

Nature’s Ice Sculptures

Our Winter has been relatively mild until recently, but now we are experiencing a prolonged cold snap. Single digit temperatures at night, and barely reaching the teens during the day.

I have been tempted to hunker down and stay indoors, but yesterday the sun shone, so I decided to take a drive to Marine City, where a friend told me, ice floes have been building up at the edge of the St. Clair River.

Had to endure some frozen fingers to get these shots, but it was well worth it!

According to my trusty field guide, these are Redhead ducks, and are probably wintering here. There must have been thousands of them. They were riding the swift current downstream, and flying back to this sheltering spot. Perhaps the exercise helped keep them warm!

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Winter Wonderland

The dreaded ‘Wintry Mix’ moved in overnight. Not good for driving, but some nice photo ops.

Took my camera down to my ‘back forty’ and found plenty to photograph.

More snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Fortunately my church services are on line because of Covid, so I don’t have to go anywhere.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Winding down

Now that the leaves are gone, it becomes harder to find color outdoors, but we have enjoyed some beautiful sunsets.

We have seen very little of the sun lately, and I am struggling to keep my spirits up.

We have had a couple of light snows and my bird feeder has been busy. Possible storm coming next week.

It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of November. I don’t think anyone will be sorry to see the end of 2020!

Golden Morning

High winds have stripped most of leaves now, but I still found some color at the Conservancy.


Now we are enjoying unseasonably warm weather. It might even hit 70 by the weekend. I know it won’t last, but will enjoy it while I can!

October 2020

Abbie and I have been enjoying some beautiful walks at the Sutherland Conservancy. I am trying to make the most of the beautiful weather we have been blessed with lately.

With all the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors at such a beautiful and peaceful place.

Today it is wet and gloomy, so I am content to find indoor activities, such as posting to my long neglected blog!

Wildflowers

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Monarch Butterflies rarely sit still long enough for good photos, but these two were much too busy to fly away. I was careful not to disturb them, as we are all entitled to some privacy at times!

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Wildflowers were putting on a lovely show by the edge of the lake last week.

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I struggle to keep thistles out of my garden, but I must admit the flowers are beautiful, and the Goldfinches love them.

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I’m always a little sad to see Goldenrod blooming, as it means Summer is coming to an end.

Just as well I made the effort to take these photos.  When I returned the next day, the rangers had cut them all down. 😦

 

 

 

Silver Linings

I love to see the cumulus clouds build on a summer afternoon.

There were storms about when I took these shots, but we missed out on the much needed rain.

We finally got a good soaking last night, along with some rumbles of thunder. As usual, Abbie crawled under my bed as if expecting a nuclear attack and was unable to get herself back out. I had to get up and help her. I may have to put my bed up on blocks to give her more room!

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