For us, the first half of May has been significantly colder than the historical norm, which has slowed down springs’ arrival. Then we had a month’s worth of rain in five days. As of Tuesday spring finally seems to be here to stay, which means that our redbud tree is bursting with colour!
In order to make close acquaintance with these Dutchmen’s Breeches, I had to get down to their level.
A favourite early spring flower is this, the Grape Hyacinth.
On April 15, snowflakes (called Christmas flakes because they were large and invoked a bit of cheer) nearly obscured the neighbours’ large pine tree.
Yesterday afternoon brought unsettled weather. There were several sleet showers, one of which left this BB-sized evidence of its passing.
We have looked forward to the Turkey Vultures’ return. It is good to see this first one return, and we look forward to watching them tilt and soar for the next several months.
This male American Goldfinch in molt briefly perched on the shepherd’s crook before dropping down to the nyger seed feeder.
I as a little late in the day to capture these crocuses in full bloom.
It’s been a challenging spring for many of the living things in my part of the world. Much wetter than normal, cooler than normal. A lot of our plants have been slower to grow and to bloom than in past years. Climate change? Possibly. An anomalous spring, unusual but not unheard of? Possibly.
Whatever the reason, it only in late May that this iris in our back yard came into lovely bloom.