23 April 2015

What happened to Spring!!!

After a couple of warm spring days the temperature started to drop yesterday. This morning I watched huge snowflakes crash on our deck as I drank my coffee. It continued to snow off and on all day, but the snow didn't stick and the temperature barely got out of the 30's.

It was just two days ago that I took this picture of a turtle crossing Joyce Road at Miner's Pond.

21 April 2015

Home Sweet Home

This Tree Swallow has claimed a bird house near our cabin and was busy defending his real estate from other house hunters.

19 April 2015

Turtles on the move (slowly)

The ice has just come off the ponds and the water is still cold, but I found this Eastern Painter Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) catching a few rays of sun near our cabin.

This little guy was still a bit cold and not moving very fast (even for a turtle).

17 April 2015

Spring Turkeys

With the temperatures in the 60's and 70's for the past couple of the days, the neighborhood turkeys can be seen and heard as they play the "Dating Game".

This guy struts but hardly gets a second look from some hens.

10 April 2015

"Froggie Went A Courtin'"

There's a Bob Dylan song called "Froggie Went A Courtin" but it's not a song from Bob Dylan we hear in the neighborhood, it's a chorus from the Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus).

With the ice just off the local ponds, the Wood Frogs are the first frogs to start their mating season.

08 April 2015

Migrating Gulls

After a couple of warmer days this spring, ice on the local ponds has melted enough to allow waterfowl to find some open water. A flock of 30+ Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) made a stop-over on Miner's Pond during their migration to the Great Lakes from their winter grounds.

06 April 2015

We've Been Traveling ...

During the cold weather of February we headed for a place with a warmer climate and took a trip to India and Nepal. I spent most of March sorting through the 4,000+ photos from the trip and created another web blog of our 15 day tour of India & Nepal.

Link to Tour of India & Nepal

Some of the places we visited. The Taj Mahal in Arga, India.

The Amber Fort in Jaipur, India.

The Boudhanath Stopa in Kathmandu, Nepal.

05 April 2015

More signs of Spring ???

Mother Nature might be playing a belated April Fools joke, but it didn't look like spring today. Our crocus have backtracked from their colorful blooms of a couple of days ago and are now rethinking their early opening of blooms.

03 April 2015

More signs of Spring

After a bitter cold February and a colder than normal March, the first couple days of April were in the upper 50's to 60's. The crocus have popped out of the ground and started adding some color to the neighborhood.