Cool spring

(May 8 11:30 a.m.)

Spring is already half-over.

(May 18 3:40 p.m.)

Which makes it odd that many of the tree leaves near home are still in early development or just budding, whereas trees in Biddeford and Portland have already bloomed.

(May 17 10:31 a.m.)

Of course, snow makes everything take longer.  (Not to mention, planted trees, flowers and grass are treated differently.)  It’s been cold for May— temperatures in the 40s (°F) versus “normal” numbers in the 60s.

Here are some photos of the progress so far.

(May 4 6:39 p.m.)

The leaves, of course, were buds.

Expanding. (May 9 2:47 p.m.)

They weren’t buds for long.

(May 11 1:33 p.m.)
(May 4 6:41 p.m.)

All different kinds of leaves at different early stages.

(May 6 6:37 p.m.)

Chutes popping up all over near the driveway.

(May 8 12:57 p.m.)

The parks and Maine cities with lush grass and full trees.

Dandelions. (May 8 11:29 a.m.)
White flowers, yellow pollen. (May 9 2:49 p.m.)
Small purple flowers. (May 11 1:32 p.m.)
Immature leaves. (May 11 1:47 p.m.)
(May 17 10:45 a.m.)
(May 18 1:13 p.m.)
(May 18 1:16 p.m.)

Progress at home has been slow in part because my internet connection hasn’t been reliable, part of why it took so long to get a post up since last time.  A trip to a library was in order to get photos up… but that opened up the opportunity to get street level shots of the more exotic plants in the city.

(May 18 3:39 p.m.)
Japanese maple… I think. (May 18 3:38 p.m.)

Summer is about a month away, and places like Funtown/Splashtown are already open.  Hopefully it won’t snow again. 😉

Old Coca-Cola pan. (May 3 2:53 p.m.)

The other reason why it took so long was because, well… I’ve been busy.  I’ve been to a large antique shop, a farm with alpacas, and to Mackworth Island.  It all amounts to over 420 photos taken this month, and it’s only the 19th.  And all of that has to be color-processed to look right/better because the iPhone is not a professional camera— sometimes dynamically adjusted to get things like skin tones right.  And I have to mind that these photos look different on different screens; adjusting photos with fluorescent lighting (something smartphone cameras aren’t great at) may turn them orange on some screens.  Ay.

(May 18 5:43 p.m.)

Anyway.  That’s it for now.  There’s more coming soon.  A lot more.

Until next time…

Who put those rocks up there? (May 18 5:35 p.m.)
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