|Gotta love the lions, too. I'll be back next week with parade highlights.
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Sunday, February 18, 2024
|It snowed! But that did not keep the witch hazel from blooming. Click to enlarge.
|Then it snowed again.
|The daffodils carried on, pushing toward spring.
|Crocuses are built to withstand it.
|Holly actually looks prettier with a shawl of snow and ice.
|The snow was beautiful. It's practically all gone.
|Yesterday these snowdrops were under a few inches of snow.
Sunday, February 11, 2024
|I saw this garter snake in my yard today. It's the first snake of the 2024 for me. It was in danger of getting stepped on where it was, so I gave it a ride in my hand.
|To a less-traveled spot with leaves to blend into and slide under. Click to enlarge. Cute face!
Sunday, February 4, 2024
|We just passed the midpoint of winter, February 1, which is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Yay! If we were ancient Celts we would have just celebrated the holiday of Imbolc.
|And if we were celebrating Imbolc, we might have checked around to see if any snakes had come out of their burrows to predict the duration of winter weather in accordance with the legend.
|These winter-blooming snowdrop flowers are also known as Candlemas flowers. They are winter-hardy early bloomers that will push
up through snow and frozen ground to appear in time for Candlemas. Mine
are always on time. Click to enlarge.
|Also note that there are crocuses blooming in my yard right now. Local sunset will be at 5:23 today and 5:24 tomorrow.
|So, even though it may have seemed like an uneventful week, it was not.
Sunday, January 28, 2024
|I found crocuses in my yard yesterday. A beautiful sight! Click to enlarge.
To celebrate, the poem Hocus Pocus by Lilja Rogers:
"First, a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus –
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Sunday, January 14, 2024
|Snowdrops are blooming in my neighborhood again. They are, as usual, the first flowers of the year. Click to enlarge.
|It's not easy for a flower to bloom here in January. Snowdrops have strong leaf tips that let them push up through frozen soil and snow. They produce proteins that act like biological antifreeze to keep their sap from freezing.
|They usually reproduce asexually from bulbs dividing underground. Too cold for bees? No problem. Although later in snowdrop season I usually do see insects around them.