We’re definitely into the cold part of winter – this morning it was -5F on the kitchen window thermometer.
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
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.
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
The hot weather has arrived, along with bright sun, fast moving storms, and misty mornings. Continue reading
After the cool, rainy spring, we’re starting to have some warmer, sunny days. Continue reading
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.
We’re having a cool, slow spring this year. Every day a few more birds arrive and a few more flowers open.
Spring is coming! Our mountains of snow are nearly gone, and today we’re seeing a mix of spring showers and bright sun.
We’ve had another month of cold and snow, but the forecast for the next few days is for temperatures in the 40s and an inch of rain. We’re hoping that means spring is on its way! Continue reading