The weather is defining our lives- of course it often does, but temperature records in March are getting shattered by 10-30 degrees every day this week. In some ways it's quite enjoyable, but there will be a lot of damage when we get an inevitable freeze. (The idea that we might not get cold again is really unlikely. We generally have a chance of freezing through May.)
Flowers are blooming and critters are out. These pictures are from yesterday and today.
First we have the ever-popular skunk cabbage. It might actually be expected at this time of year. This one is particularly handsome in deep purple.
However, the hepatica is about a month early. Last year's pictures show this blooming on April 25.
I hunted hard, because I wanted to show Loren a liverwort, and I found a couple of patches! I've told you about this strange plant before. The "leaves" are one cell thick, and they only have a half number (haploid) number of chromosomes. I sure haven't even thought seriously about identifying different liverworts, but I think this is a different one from what I showed you before. (link at end)
Today, I was lucky enough to spot some critters! Here's a sleek black squirrel. One might see them even through the winter.
But here's another little Eastern chipmunk. Definitely not seen until the weather warms.
I also got some OK pictures of a sweet little bird, but I think I'll save those for tomorrow! Spring is here on the calendar, and on the ground- really strange in March.
| See Ruffled for more liverwort |
See Ruby Creek is Golden for hepatica
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