The weather in the last few weeks has been very changeable – for a while it was so cold and windy that it was difficult to plant.
When the temperature is very low it takes the seeds a while to melt their way into the surface of the snow. If the wind blows them before they stick, they blow across the surface. I always worry that I’ll lose all my seeds on days like that, so I usually stop planting. It was very cold for about a week, and I only got a few sections planted – some days I couldn’t plant at all. Continue reading Journal for December 23, 2005
This was the very last hunting week of the year – a special season for areas with way too many deer. No one hunted our land, but we heard lots of gunshots all around us. Continue reading Journal for December 15, 2005
It’s definitely winter. It snowed nearly constantly this week, with just a little sunshine in between the clouds. Continue reading Journal for December 8, 2005
This was a wet, indoors week, so I didn’t take many photos. One day was snowy, and everything was cold and frozen. The next day we had a thunderstorm, the temperature went up to 50 degrees, and all the snow washed away. Continue reading Journal for November 30, 2005
This is hunting week so we’re being careful about where we walk. We stay in our valleys – off the tops of the ridges. Continue reading Journal for November 24, 2005
The weather has finally started to be wintry. There were a couple big windstorms that blew most of the leaves off the trees, and we had our first snowstorm. Continue reading Journal for November 16, 2005
This week we drove down just before dusk and saw a few bats hovering in the air. Continue reading Journal for November 1, 2005
We’ve been having wonderful fall weather – bright blue skies, and the leaf colors still look beautiful. Continue reading Journal for October 20, 2005
Yesterday I saw an unusual butterfly in a very urban part of south Minneapolis. It was a Common Checkered Skipper – nectaring in the sun on some late blooming hawkweeds that were sticking up between the cracks in the sidewalk.
We had two frosts this week – not hard ones, but enough to turn the fields white. The temperature got into the high 20s. Continue reading Journal for October 13, 2005