Our prairie landscape has been alternating between snow, no snow; rain, sunshine; cold, warm. Nice variety, but not very winter-like. Continue reading “Journal for December 20, 2011”
We had the first real snowfall a few days ago – not much – just enough to cover the driveway and dust the fields with white.
It’s been a beautiful fall at the farm – now the hills are brown and the prairies are full of seeds. A few oaks and aspens have leaves left on their branches, but most of the trees are bare.
The weather has finally gotten colder this week, and there have been several big windstorms, so most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. It’s still beautiful, but it feels like fall is almost over.
Mike pointed out that I’m a little behind on blog posts – so here’s a new one for the fall season.
We had our first frost on September 15th – about 3 weeks earlier than normal.
It’s been a perfect August – comfortable weather, blue skies with beautiful clouds, just enough rain – and the prairies are loving it.
It’s been busy here at the farm – we’ve had lots of visitors in the last few weeks.
It’s a great time for butterflies – they like puddling on the driveway after the rain. There have been especially large numbers of Swallowtails. Mike Reese has been getting reports of large numbers all over the state, and reports of Giant Swallowtails much farther north than usual.
It’s hot again – 93 is the high forecast for the next few days – so it’s difficult to work outside. I do a little work first thing in the morning, but by about 9 o’clock it’s just too hot.
Summer has definitely arrived now – the forecast high for today is 99 degrees. Not good weather for working outside – so I’m catching up on computer projects.