Our weather seems to be playing a belated April Fool’s joke on us. I awoke this morning to about an inch of snow on the ground. Poor light and rain have discouraged me from taking the camera out lately, so I am glad to be able to post a few more photos from my visit to Dow Gardens.
They have a nice collection of orchids, and the camera really doesn’t do them justice. They are so beautiful and exotic.
This Giant Swallowtail was attracted to a lady’s flowered blouse and rested there for quite some time, giving many people a great photo-op!
I did not expect to be taking outside shots when I visited Dow Gardens, but even with the river still ice-covered and snow on the ground there were many attractive areas.
The brief walk from the entrance to the Conservatory revealed this lovely waterfall.
This red bridge is one of three at the gardens, designed by Alden B. Dow.
As March draws to a close, Spring still seems to be dragging her feet. Yesterday brought us a rain/snow mix all day, and today is just cold, wet and dreary. So glad I have these sunny pictures to remind me of a pleasant day out.
I would not normally consider visiting a botanical garden in late Winter, but Dow Gardens has a conservatory which offers a Butterfly exhibit in March and April, and I just couldn’t resist this brief taste of Summer, as I wait impatiently for warmer days.
The butterflies are more active when the sun shines, so I took advantage of a rare sunny day for the trip, and spent a very pleasant couple of hours enjoying the warmth and color of many different flowers and butterflies.
The hour and a half drive each way made for a rather tiring day for me, but it was well worth it! I definitely plan to come back later in the season when the outdoor flowers are in bloom.
I will post some more of the 50 plus photos I took in later blogs. At least it will make a change from all the snow and ice shots I have been posting lately!
Well, we are now almost halfway through March, and there is no sign of any lambs yet! Last Wednesday falling temperatures and high winds knocked out power to a good part of the state, and I was without heat, light and water from Wednesday until Friday. I heard on the news this morning, that there are many people still out, and I really feel for them.
The lake in the Park, which was completely free of ice a couple of weeks ago, is now almost completely frozen over, and to add insult to injury, we have several inches of snow on the ground.
I finally managed a couple of shots of a male Cardinal as he waited his turn at the feeder. The feeder has been busy and I hope my offerings are helping these tiny creatures make it through the bitterly cold nights.
This Tree Sparrow was almost too quick for me, but I managed to catch him in flight.
Less than a week until the Official start of Spring. If only Mother Nature would cooperate!
I hope the old saying that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb holds true, because we are truly back in the deep freeze now! Wednesday night brought falling temperatures and blowing snow, and after a couple of bitterly cold days and nights, the lake, which was ice-free last week is now starting to ice over again.
My feeder is once more doing a brisk trade and I notice Goldfinches are showing signs of changing to their bright Summer plumage, which is a hopeful sign.
A couple of pairs of Cardinals have been regular visitors, but they have been hard to capture. They usually take off the minute I pick up the camera!
After about a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, we are seeing quite a few signs of Spring. The ice has retreated from the lakes and ponds, and the Canada Geese are back in force.
The Pussy Willow is beginning to bud, and the Park was full of the sound of Redwing Blackbirds this morning. Not only are the Robins back, but I actually heard one singing the other day!
I have been a little lax in refilling my bird feeder, but with the snow all gone, and the summer-like temperatures, I don’t think it is needed as much.
Today is wet and chilly, and colder temperatures are on the way, but these last few warm, sunny days have been a wonderful break. March in Michigan is very unpredictable. It often brings warmth and sunshine, followed by a major snowstorm, so we cannot afford to let our guard down just yet!
We managed another walk at the Conservatory the other day. Still some ice and snow on the trails, so I had to tread carefully, but was glad I made the effort.
The level of the stream was down a little since I was here last, and snow and ice made for some interesting shots.
Scared up at least a dozen deer from the meadow. The most I have seen since hunting season ended. Unfortunately they spotted me before I realized they were there, so all I saw was white tails disappearing into the woods. No chance for a photo. 😦
Our weather continues to be very changeable. We had another warm-up yesterday, but it rained all day, so it wasn’t pleasant.
We were back to freezing this morning and I captured these oak leaves on a frozen puddle in the Park.
Frost decorated this fence-post a few mornings ago.
My bird feeder continues to be busy. Some days the birds are lining up on the deck railing, waiting for a turn! I especially enjoy the Chickadees. Always cheerful, even on the coldest days, and so bold, they will sometimes land on the feeder before I have it on the hook!