Last Friday, hot, humid weather promised to keep me cooped up in the house for most of the day, so I decided to seek some relief at Port Huron.
The linear park which runs under the Bluewater Bridge offers a great view of Lake Huron and the St. Claire River, and there is almost always a cooling breeze there.
It is always a thrill to see the big freighters make their careful way from Lake into the narrow confines of the river.
I think this guy was hoping for a handout from me, but I didn’t pack a lunch, so he was out of luck!
The bridge is well named, as the water here really is this blue. The cooling breeze did not disappoint, and I enjoyed a nice, leisurely walk. Much as I appreciate my air conditioning at home, I would much rather be outside enjoying the sunshine than cooped up indoors. It was well worth the drive.
I was able to plant my flowers a little early this year because of an unusually warm May, and they are doing well so far.
We are in for a few very hot days, so I will be kept busy watering everything.
Having everything in containers keeps weeds at a minimum, but requires much more watering, which I don’t mind.
At least I have the option of moving them into the shade if the heat begins to get to them.
After suffering through one of the coldest Aprils on record, we are now experiencing one of the hottest Mays! I have had to confine my gardening efforts to early mornings to avoid the worst of the heat.
The Black Locust Trees are in full bloom, but with the unusual heat and last night’s heavy rain, they are already beginning to fall, so I hurried out with my camera this morning to capture some shots.
I thought it was well worth the effort.
Sadly, the Lilacs are quickly fading now, but I did bring some in last week, and enjoyed the lovely fragrance for a few days.
I spotted this pair of Tundra, or Whistling Swans on the lake in the Park the other day. They are probably just visiting on their way north, as they do not usually nest this far south.
There were quite a few Wood Ducks around too and some Common Mergansers, but too far away for photos.
I wonder if the Robins are considering heading south again, as the weather is still much more like Winter than Spring here! I wonder what they are finding to eat.
A year ago I posted photos of Forsythia in bloom, and Lilacs budding out. Nothing like that around this year! It seems Winter just doesn’t want to let go! Freezing rain forecast here for the weekend. 😦
I was hoping April would be kinder to us than March has been, but this was the scene which greeted me this morning!
I am grateful that my African Violets are blooming, as it will be a long time before we see anything blooming outdoors!
This one has been with me many years and is once more outgrowing its pot. I am dragging my feet at re-potting, always afraid of doing more harm than good, but will have to do something soon.
March in Michigan is such a frustrating month! The weather will smile on us with warm, sunny days, then suddenly turn and dump another load of snow on us, putting us back in the Deep Freeze again.
Suffering a bad case of Cabin Fever, I took a drive to Port Huron the other day to spend a little time enjoying Lake Michigan. I had hoped to take a nice walk by the Bluewater Bridge, but the icy wind blowing off the Lake discouraged that. I did manage to snap a few photos of a duck I did not recognize near the shore.
My trusty Field Guide identified it as a female Oldsquaw or Long-Tailed Duck. They are not native to Michigan, so must have stopped in on their way North.
The chilly temperatures help to keep my bird-feeder busy, and I managed some nice shots of this female Cardinal.
Unseasonably warm weather and heavy rain brought the lake in the Park to flood stage this week. The spillway had become a rapids this morning.
The first photo was taken just 3 weeks ago at roughly the same spot.
It is fortunate that the rangers lower the level of the lake for the winter. It would be overflowing its banks otherwise. As it is, it is up several feet.
The rain is finally moving out, and most of the snow is gone. Temperatures will be above freezing in the daytime for at least a week, so I am hoping things will dry up some before the next freeze. The warmer temperatures are welcome, but not all the mud and slop we are dealing with now!
As tired as I am of cold and snow, the Park was beautiful as the sun rose on a fresh snowfall last weekend.
The outflow from the lake in the Park is about the only open water around now. All of the lakes and ponds and even some of the streams and rivers are frozen over.
One of my African Violets is blooming, adding a welcome bright spot to my dining room.
The days are slowly lengthening as the sun moves closer, and when temperatures rise above freezing for a day or two, it’s hard not to think about Spring, but I know it is just a tease. We have a long way to go yet!
From Christmas Day on, we were in the deep freeze. Temperatures stayed near or below zero day and night. One morning I had to delay Abbie’s walk until noon, because her feet got so cold, she simply couldn’t manage it. The bitter wind cut through my many layers of clothing and seemed to reach my very bones!
Last weekend we finally got a break, and in typical Michigan fashion temperatures soared to Springlike levels. Now we are on the other part of the roller coaster as temperatures plummet and we will soon be knee-deep in snow again.
As always, when the weather is harsh, my feeder draws many birds. I was excited to see a Red Breasted Nuthatch this year. They don’t show up here very often, so I am very pleased to have this one as a regular visitor.
Just as well I didn’t have any big plans for Christmas. Snow moved in on Christmas Eve and continued through the night and most of Christmas Day. The first photo was taken early in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and the second one was taken on Christmas Day.
As if to make up for the miserable weather, my Christmas Cactus decided to bloom right on time! Last time it bloomed around Easter!
Inclement weather always brings lots of birds to my feeder, and I was able to get a couple of nice shots of this female Cardinal.
Deep snow on the deck railing was a bit of a challenge for this Titmouse!