Friday, December 14, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Summer finally arrived on July 5th. Has been a cold, wet spring. June was unusually cool and wet. We are accustomed to June being somewhat lousy weather here in western Oregon, but this year it out did itself. However, it is warm now and there is no better weather anywhere than the Pacific Northwest in summer. It is warm with cool nights and no humidity. There is a lot of color around the pond but not as much variety as we usually have. Seems many of the wildflowers, poppies, etc. that we've had in abundance in past years have failed to appear this year. A few photos folllow.
Sunrise over the pond on June 21 with Mt Adams in the background.
Deer visit...a regular occurance.
Water lily blooming nicely.
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Cardinal Meadow Hawk Dragonfly...common in summer, but in fewer numbers this year.
California Poppies in abundance.
Burr-reeds ( Sparganiaceae) are blooming and becoming thicker in the pond margin.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Mallard Ducks visit pond. A pair are seen daily for last two weeks. The male shown here.
Red-legged frogs in pond. The eggs have all hatched and many tadpoles were seen for weeks. Most disappeared recently, suppose they have gone hiding.
Cattail flowers. Favorite of humming birds and chicadees for nesting material.
Slough sedge flowers starting to bloom.
Solomon seal begining bloom.
Dicentra beginning to bloom.
Trillium Parviflorum early blooms.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
8" snow fall for second day of spring. Much more snow than normal for March. Looking for some warm, snow free days to get things going. The frogs have quit depositing eggs as the evenings are cold. Seeing many salamader eggs, not sure exactly what species. The cold weather isn't helping these creatures get on with their development this year.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
About 6" snow today to end the month of Feburary
Frogs continued with egg laying throughout the month. They tend not to be adding many egg clusters when nights fall below 40deg. Salamander eggs have been seen for last week or so.
Weather has been variable throughout Feburary. Dryer than usual and colder towards end of month.