Greening up

(May 30 4:20 p.m.)

The trees at home are finally filling up like other parts of the bloomin’ state.  And it seemed to happen quickly given just a week ago:

(May 22 10:41 a.m.)

Leaves have left the immature and soft stage, and entered the developed and glossy stage… with insect bites.

Apologies for the iPhone’s persistence in making the brown leaves gray. (May 30 4:21 p.m.)
Mar 22 2:37 p.m.

The little purple flowers have popped up, as well as tiny white.

Exhausted dandies? (May 22 12:20 p.m.)

Away from home, the city has some strange plants.  Or maybe these really are just dandies with all their seeds gone.

(May 22 12:24 p.m.)
(May 22 1:47 p.m.)

I witnessed a bee enjoying the nectar of these light pink flowers.

(May 22 1:48 p.m.)
(May 22 1:45 p.m.)

With the season heating up, more places have flower pots out, and some flowers are clearly drying up.

(May 22 1:56 p.m.)

At Deering Oaks, this pine cone suddenly dropped before me.

(May 22 1:57 p.m.)

I never really noticed these markings before, at the park ravine, nor a dedicated name, plaque and all.  The approach matters, of course, on whether or not we notice; I came with as part of the group.  The ravine was empty as it is this time of year, and so I looked further.

Tree full o’ leaves. (May 22 1:59 p.m.)
And whatever these are. (May 22 1:59 p.m.)

Another thing I don’t recall seeing at the park before was…

(May 22 2:04 p.m.)

Ducklings!  The mother rested while the babies waddled around.  One chick swam.

(May 22 2:06 p.m.)

The males were close by.  We could tell by the markings that only two of the 10+ ducks on the scene where female.  The males weren’t particularly scared of us humans… maybe it was the experience of being fed bread, or maybe they’re looking to protect the mother.

(May 22 2:01 p.m.)
(May 22 2:14 p.m.)

Tulip-like flowers outside the park’s Tiqa Cafe.  Supposedly the cafe has been open since March…. didn’t seem like it on May 22.

(May 29 12:33 p.m.)

The group Center property has its own plant beds.  Cucumbers, lettuce, cosmos flowers, daises, “giant white” sunflowers… tomatoes, potentially.  And yet only one bed seems to be making progress so far, even with the added worm.

(May 29 12:34 p.m.)

Instead of a scarecrow, a “Scared Crow” was put up.

(May 29 2:41 p.m.)

The horses way out in I-don’t-know-where (on the road) are sure enjoying the grass.  When it’s not raining, anyway; it’s been overcast a lot lately.

(May 30 4:24 p.m.)

And lastly, some late breaking news: the path near the house I’ve walked down on occasion, after being logged, has been cleared out.  That’s a lot of trees! …And deforestation. 😦

Well… that’s it for now.  I gotta get to bed, on a schedule and all.  There’s still more coming on this blog.

Until next time…

(May 24 4:18 p.m.)

3 thoughts on “Greening up

  1. Thank you for sharing these pictures. I can feel my soul relaxing just from looking at them.

    That pine cone falling right in front of you is so cool. We have a very tall White Mountain Pine in our back yard that is full of pine cones in every stage of development. I gaze at that tree from the dining room window and while sitting on the patio all the time, and I walk by it every day when I take the trash down to the dumpster. There are pine cones lying all around it. But it has never dropped one right in front of me.

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