This last month has been exceptionally gray and cloudy. The local weather folks are saying that this is one of the longest stretches of cloudy weather in January since records have been kept. We were so pleased to see the sun reappear a few days ago!
Sunrise at the creek – before the clouds took over.
Continue reading “Journal for February 3, 2020”
The new year has begun with plenty of cold temperatures, but so far not too much snow. Our icy driveway has made walking more challenging than usual – we wear cleats on our boots.
New Year’s Day sunrise.
Continue reading “Journal for January 13, 2020”
We’re definitely into the cold part of winter – this morning it was -5F on the kitchen window thermometer.
Continue reading “Journal for December 11, 2019”
The fall has been beautiful but the colors are changing fast – every day it looks more like winter. The only leaf colors left now are the gold and bronze and rust of the oaks.
We’re scrambling to get all our outside projects done before the snow comes. This morning there was a dusting of snow on the ground, but it melted as soon as the sun touched it.
Center Valley from the Knife Edge Point
Continue reading “Journal for October 31, 2019”
It’s the end of summer already – fall always comes too fast.
Goldenrods and Asters, Gentians and Blazing Star are in bloom, and birds and butterflies have been migrating though on their way to warmer places.
For the last 3 years we’ve been counting the Monarchs we see on our afternoon walks, starting in mid-August. (We do the same 1 1/2 hour walk nearly every afternoon.) We were curious to see when the peak of the migration happens here, and whether we could see any other patterns.
Continue reading “Journal for September 29, 2019”
It’s been a busy summer – lots of visitors, lots of projects. And the weather has been perfect for the prairies – the flowers have been spectacular. July and early August are the times when the most flowers are in bloom at the same time.
Oxeye and Monarda
Continue reading “Journal for August 26, 2019”
The hot weather has arrived, along with bright sun, fast moving storms, and misty mornings. Continue reading “Journal for July 17, 2019”
After the cool, rainy spring, we’re starting to have some warmer, sunny days. Continue reading “Journal for June 21, 2019”
We keep expecting a transition to summer, but so far it’s still spring – cool and wet, with lots of rainy days and not many moth nights.
Continue reading “Journal for May 21, 2019”
We’re having a cool, slow spring this year. Every day a few more birds arrive and a few more flowers open.
Continue reading “Journal for April 29, 2019”