The beat goes on

In the past week or so, we’ve been entertained by a male grouse perched on an out building in our backyard. (We recently acquired additional property across the street and apparently, he came with it). He continually performs a love song which he drums on his breast. We can faintly hear this all day long inside the acreage home!

I had only been able to catch him from behind – until this morning!

Having captured images of practically every position of his wings from behind during previous days of drumming, I was thrilled to get the show face on. Here are a few corresponding front and back shots from my image collection.

All that made for an exciting morning but there’s more! You’ll have to wait for the rest of the show….

Blue Flag Iris – May Calendar

I love wild irises for the crisp, pointy deep purple roll that unfurls to display bold, intricate veins of purple. Almost transparent, delicate edges uncurl then curl again.

Enjoy the bold purples and fresh greens of this month’s calendar image.You can find a cell phone lock screen and alternate screen resolutions here.

 

Showers and flowers

April and May respectively. I can’t wait!


For the ‘big screen’ version of the calendar go here.

For the ‘tiny’ screen see below.

May-ish

It certainly seemed like March weather in April would push our April weather into May. Although conditions are still damper and colder than May typically starts out, the ice has darkened and some sprouts of green are appearing. For us it will be a bit yet before blossoms pop but we can enjoy them on our desktop in the meantime.

End of winter?

Anxious for a view like this again! In reality, our lake is still covered with more than a foot of hard packed snow insulating more than 2 feet of ice! Temperatures are not forecast to be above freezing for another week. We’ve had snow since October 25th. Spring can not come soon enough.

Blessed Easter, everyone!

May 2017: Blossoms

Our recent precipitation has been snow flurries and freezing rain but we hold to the promise that even these April showers will bring May flowers.

For different desktop resolutions, go here.

April 2017 – ice out

Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.

The calendar is available in 2 screen sizes here.