Monday, March 2, 2015

In Like a Lamb...

It's 58 degrees today, and there's something distinctly springlike in the air.  Outside, bulbs are sprouting all over the yard.

Even the weeds are greening up!  This accursed ground weed that I fear will never be eradicated...

...and is this not the biggest thistle you've ever seen?  It's huge, maybe two feet across!

 The Helleborus have been up for a while...the white ones a little worse for wear because of the ice, but the pink varieties still vibrant.

I was absolutely delighted to lean in and hear a familiar sound.  The bees are back and gathering pollen!  I hunkered down to watch for a few minutes.  They were very aware of my presence, and somewhat cranky about it, but I was able to get a few shots.

Look at those pollen packets!

I've been enjoying the increased presence of birds lately, too, and have captured a few of my favorites.  The Eastern Towhee, with the most beautiful song...

 The Carolina Wren:

A Thrush:


Many Cardinals:

Goldfinches, too, who lose their color a bit in the winter:

Even the shy grey squirrels are suddenly everywhere, but mainly at our feeders.

They are even bold enough to chide me for interrupting...from a safe distance, of course!

Hope you're seeing a little bit of spring, too.  Have a great week!

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