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Signs of Spring in New England...

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    specifically, in the Boston, MA, area - since i work 6 days of 7, week-in & week-out, it's not as tho i travel much. :p

    On Feb-26th, the snowbells bloomed in my neighbor's garden -
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    ... on March 12, i saw my 1st cock-robin of the year!

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    he's there, believe me; about 2 or 2.5-ft closer than the hydrant, to the right of the 2nd large hump of melting snow - he's facing AWAY [of course he is! - when i tried to get the snap, he was side-on with his brick-red breast on display, the stinker. :rolleyes:
    Then he flew 20-ft, & i had to walk up on him cautiously; this was the best i could do, he was spooky].
    U can just see a wedge of his lower breast, his black-cap, & his slate-y back with cream edging his primaries. He's standing on a withered clump of catalpa pods & dead grass.

    the next week, HORDES of English Sparrows arrived, with their irritating nonstop "cheep! ... cheep!... cheep!...", fluttering & pecking everywhere, blast 'em.

    Last week [Sat March-31], i saw a flock of more than 100 cock-robins with a few blackbirds & grackles among them; the truly-tropicene species aren't here, yet, but this week, Robin-Redbreast & Northern Cardinals are singing from 5:30-am, every morning, all over town. :)

    Also last week, on Wed the 28th, the stars of Bethlehem were up & in bud in my landlady's yard, in a neglected little patch of mud by the trash-cans & recycle barrels.
    Their blue is so vivid, IRL - sadly, my photo appears overexposed as my mobile can't deal with the sunshine patch in a shady setting. :(

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    I'll try to get a better one tomorrow AM, while they're still in shade - i've got to catch that deep cerulean, somehow.

    - terry

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    Warmer weather on the way for all of us it seems! :)
     
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    I walked a different street today, & saw some new flora -

    this hydrangea is either nutz, or in one helluva hurry for summer...

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    a moss-garden on a tree trunk, sprouting new growth -

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    now, them are TREES... No 15-ft ornamental shrubs, there!

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    wide-open blooms, soon to fade...

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    Magnolia stellata -

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    assorted crocus amid ivy -

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    dwarf narcissi -

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    Siberian iris, stars of Bethlehem in the background, & an unidentified yellow flower -
    a short translucent red stem, a frill of leaves under the bloom, & a simple 5-petal flower with yellow stamens:

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    It was a cool damp morning with high clouds, perfect diffuse light. :)

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