Archive for March, 2011

Photo Essay: 20 Signs of Spring

Monday, March 28th, 2011

With all the dreary thoughts about winter I wanted to go out and find some signs of spring to share with my friends. I took about an hour and walked around our yard and photographed things that reminded me that spring is on the way.  Here they are in the order they were shot. (Click photo to enlarge)

New life pushing past last years dead flowers.

Note to self: gotta prune the dead branches.

Day Lillie are some of my favorite flowers... Soon.

I forgot what this one was last year.

Hey buds!

The snow has left the moss very moist. Soon this hill will fill with pink grass widow flowers.

Tamarack tree buds are ready to burst.

Tree wells create unusual rings of snow.

This is one of my favorite plants. I think of very small pine trees. For perspective, the brown lines are pine needles.

Moose poos surface.

Even weed are looking pretty.

Note to self: Make wild rose hip tea this year.

Who knows what those little green things are.

The pin for my plow that lost in January reveals itself.

Rocks in berm on side of driveway start to surface. I'll be raking those back onto the driveway later.

Water from the melting snow trickles down the rocks.

Our road turns into liquid. It was easier to get through snow.

Woodpeckers are searching for bugs.

Soon, birds won't allow people to get so close.

BONUS: The rainbows return. (this was take a few days after my project but deserves inclusion)

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Get the door on your way out. Here’s a shot of the entrance to a local cemetery.

And, on the tree on the very right you see a gray sign reminding you to close the cemetery when you’re done.

First Rainbow of 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Jenny came home and alerted me to the first rainbow of 2011.

Sunless Set

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

We don’t get to see sunset because our house is on the East side of a mountain. But we can see some beautiful “sunless sets” when the sunlight shines across the valley.

(click to enlarge)

What do you see?

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

This moose, no known for their intellect, is playing hide and seek. She doesn’t realize her hiding place, behind those bushes, isn’t very secret in the winter.

Show shoeing

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Snow shoeing with friends  in February (sorry so late, just found this in my camera). This is the first adventure of shoe shoeing beyond our property. Len, Doug, Anne, Dave and Cynthia baby sat me for a day.

Thanks to Dave and Cynthia for proving how out of shape I am.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

We attended a dinner that included many of our state representatives. In attendance was the governor, lieutenant governor, several congressmen, plus local commissioners. It was the typical meet-and-greet, speeches, nice dinner and a silent auction to raise money for a local charity. In 40 years of growing up in a highly populated state, I never got anywhere near politicians at this level. Here however, I could have a conversation with every one of them and personally thank them for their service as well as express my opinions (not that I have any of those).

Governor Butch Otter with Thomas.