Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tree Swallow

Tree swallows were perched in trees all along the river. We saw two V's of sandhill cranes flying northward. I took deep breaths of the fresh, clean air.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Squeaky Clean

Pouring rain for several hours this morning. Clearing in the afternoon. There's a full moon and beautifully clear skies tonight.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Someday We'll Find It

It rained. Then it didn't. We were driving around while I stuck the camera out of the moonroof to get a shot of the rainbow.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

On the Way Up

My day started hours before daylight. Change in routine isn't a bad thing. I just didn't get to see much of the sun.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On the Way Down

The rain cleared by the late afternoon. A few hints of blue in the sky. Heater back on.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White Wash

Rain started by afternoon. Then the wind picked up. I'm expecting fresh, clean air tomorrow.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Camellia Parade

I have several fond memories associated with camellias although the blooms themselves aren't anywhere near my top tier of favorites. When I was a wee child I marched in my city's Camellia Parade a time or two while holding a bouquet of the flowers. And my grandparents always floated the blossoms (usually red ones with white stripes) in mid-century ceramic trays and an oversized brandy snifter.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Great Red Spot

No snakes today--just ladybugs galore. Quail were peeping in the underbrush as we tiptoed by. No real rain--just lots of clouds and a few sprinkles.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shake, Rattle, and Run

A very small rattlesnake made sluggish by the cooler weather. Thank goodness for a zoom function on the camera. A little sun is now burning through the clouds and the snake has probably gone on its merry way.

Friday, February 19, 2010


No rain after all. Just cooler and kind of gloomy. I'm happy to have some flowers in the house.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Thick fog around parts of town this morning. Still warming in the afternoon. Enjoyable evening.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Red Abutilon

The red cousin to the yellow flowers I ran across in the fall. No hummingbirds hanging around these though they have been zipping around elsewhere. Nearly hit 70 degrees this afternoon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Savoring the extra minutes of light in the evening. More flowers daily. Clear blue skies.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Blossom Time

The best day of the year so far. Everything's starting to bloom but the allergies haven't set in yet. I've turned the heater off.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


We were watching a turtle on the log down below when I noticed the spider web. Beads of moisture made it stand out. It's hanging there in the foreground.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

In the Hollow

There's a still-life in this burnt log. Tiny plants and spiders have moved in. Quite striking in the sun.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Green Moss

Gorgeous day. At least it looked gorgeous through the windows. Time for planting.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One a Day

The morning fog cleared away for a brilliant afternoon. Almost balmy out. Spring is nearing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Huddled Mass

Sunny weather after a foggy morning. Long day. Much appreciated pampering when I finally arrived home.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Soft foliage of the new denizen of the new terrarium. Rain in the morning. Sun by afternoon.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Lenten Roses

Downcast blooms at the base of the plant went nearly unnoticed. Then a glimpse of color made me stop to look. A good start to the morning.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Very springlike now. The rain subsided for the day. Puffy clouds were to be seen in every direction.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


This morning's walk was a muddy mess. We saw ten quail. The rest of the wildlife must have been napping.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Was starting to think the new orchid wasn't going to open. It rained all night. No rain but lots of fast-moving clouds today.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


These flowers are strongly scented. They're particularly noticeable when it's raining. And, it was raining today.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I'm loving the increase in daylight. Daffodils are definitely 3 weeks earlier than last year. Pops of color are delightful.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

City Lights

Rain off and on but hardly worth noticing. Forsythia and flowering quince are blooming. Daffodils are budding.

Monday, February 1, 2010


The poor carpenter bee was either suffering from some ailment or just sluggish because of the cool weather. I was surprised to see it because there aren't many flowers out now. I hope it'll be okay.