First Signs of Spring Photo Thread (Post Yours)

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  1. rk_az

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    @saxonaxe, looking at your photos sparks some pleasant memories. You mentioned East Anglia. My parents lived in Felixstowe while my father was stationed at RAF Woodbridge (with the USAF). I would have been born at RAF Lakenheath had my mother not returned home at the last minute. By a strange twist of fate, my daughter was born at RAF Lakenheath as my wife and I lived in Feltwell while I worked as a civilian contractor at RAF Mildenhall for almost a year. I have many fond memories of riding bikes around the countryside with some of the other "chaps" from work, stopping at various pubs for a pint of "real ale".
     
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    :) Hello rk_az. That's interesting about your time in East Anglia, every time I travel to East Anglia (it's about 150 miles from where I live in Sussex to Lakenheath) there's always a reminder of the airfields scattered through out the area, usually by the sudden and noisy appearance of some low flying military aircraft. :D

    I like East Anglia, it's flat landscape is a change from the rolling Downland of Sussex and it's definitely easier cycling country. :D
    I'm in the process of planning a walk (hike) along one of the old Roman roads that is now maintained as a Long Distance Path or National Trail. The path runs from the Thetford area, North to the Norfolk coast. It passes by one or two of the now disused World War 11 airfields used by RAF and USAAF Squadrons. About a weeks trek, so hoping for friendly weather in May. I'll take some photographs on my travels.
     
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    Good luck with that walk, looking forward to photos!
     
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    How is that wood for friction fire once it's dried out?
     
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    When knotweed dries it is a brittle splintery mess. To call it wood is extremely generous.
     
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    @jcl-MD once suggested that I try it as a host spindle, but the piece I cut lost all of its integrity when I dried it out. I'm guessing he knows something that I don't.
     
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    Now is the time for me to grab some dry stalks, you want to "give it a spin" @Stone?
     
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    The ladies were back this morning! Like many teen girls. This one couldn't resist posing for a couple of pics!

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    The second photograph is a good one. A final look back at the press photographers before she waltzs away up the red carpet to collect her Oscar.. :18: :18:
     
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    Ramps are popping up here. Although they are under 4" of snow right now.
     
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    This is from my outing last weekend. Not really spring time looking is it.

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    If nothing else, doves are persistent. I discarded the nest I found Monday afternoon. Today, another new nest.

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    Obviously, these nests cannot stay, and I would rather evict an egg than a hatchling. I suppose I could start refrigerating them until I have enough for a tiny omelet.
     
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    I've been noticing a few more examples of spring growth in the woods.

    Here's some new greenery on a red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) stalk that was most likely broken by snow. I didn't see any foliage on other elderberries, so it makes me wonder if these leaves are an emergency deployment in a last-ditch effort to save the plant.

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    Here's some dock that seemed to sprout up overnight. I don't know the species, but this stuff is common and I think @Badey might have ID'd it for me once, but I've forgotten.

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    This is foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). I like that you can still see the old stalk from last year.

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    I second the canadian/New Jersey geese, which I saw this morning. Yesterday, taking a late afternoon walk with the hubby, I saw some tree buds, and he pointed out (though I forgot to photograph!) our side yard crocuses coming up yet again after blooming, then being buried under 14 inches of snow.. and here they are again.. "Crocusi", true survivors of crazy March weather!
     
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    Sunny day and a good wind. The sailors were out shaking off winter. Hard to see but 5-6 sets of canvas out there at the time.
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    Looks like kind of like Bitter Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) to me.

    On a related note, this thread is really cool - not sure how I missed it. I'll have to see what I can contribute!
     
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    I was talking yesterday to a young man who is taking his family to Florida for spring break . He is opting to drive instead of flying just as we use to do .
    I use to love seeing the Redbuds and Dogwoods blooming the further south we got the more they bloomed until we’d get out of the Smokey’s and get into Georgia pines then Palm
    tree country .
    I always loved the snow but mud time like now ,not my cup of tea .
     
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    Things are happening. Alders made the pollen a couple weeks ago, some tree buds are getting close. A few early flowers around :)

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    Thanks, but I'll pass on it for now.
     
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    These guys - snowdrops, if I am not mistaken - popped up in my yard last week. Definitely a welcome sight!
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    New camera , same meadow
     
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    I saw the first flying insects of the year yesterday.

    I don't know what these little black flies are, but they were swarming all over me. They have quite the proboscis but didn't bite, and seemed to be more attracted to the alder I was cutting.

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    Anybody know what these are?
     
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    I had a first sign of Spring this morning, but unfortunately... very fortunate for him... someone pulled into my driveway just as I found a suitable rifle.
    So no pics :(
    I saw the first groundhog of the year that was on my property 3/4 of the way out of his hole, wondering what all the white stuff was.

    As most people I imagine, I know every twig and bush on my property and I knew the black outline I saw on the other side of the creek, nothing but black against the surrounding snow, was out of place. But it wasn't meant to be.
    I don't often get shots off across the creek before the brush on either side obscures my view. This being a Winter that is hanging on though...
    Oh well. I'll be ready next time.
     
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    Went to let the dog out in the rain (he didn't want to go out) and saw a huge bird land in the field just across the alley.
    Turns out to be a great blue heron. We are a good couple hundred yards from running water...maybe they eat insects and rodents, too.
     
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    Oh, they do. Reptiles as well.
     
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    Wow...just went for another look at the heron and it was a little away from the fence. Then a pose, then a thrust and it came up with a full-sized pocket gopher. Hooray! I have enough gophers in the yard to feed a rookery, and that one was on the other end of the tunnel that leads to my yard.

    ...and all this time I was looking to hawks and coyotes for my salvation...
     
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    I remember being awestruck as a kid when I saw a heron snatch a rat in a field, and then toss it up into the air before catching it in his beak. They're dinosaurs. :)
     
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    I went back for another look and he/she grabbed another one! But I think I watched him/her belch this one up before eating it again. Nevertheless, it's still hunting!
     
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    Who called it?!!! Just saying. @sweeper54 dont hurt meh! :18:
     
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    Finally today........
    The very first sign of spring.

    No flowers or foliage yet though, but it's a start!

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    This thread about spring has seriously expanded my knowledge about herons! :)

    Thanks to the usual spring weather rollercoaster in my area, a few weeks back we had a whole crop of signs of spring, trees starting to bud, plants poking through the ground:
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    And then we got a whole bunch of snow piled on top of everything:
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    I did a short trip this weekend. Even though there was still almost a foot of snow in places, and the night-time lows hit -15C, the warm and brilliantly sunny day made everything feel springy.

    Patiently waiting alder catkins:
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    Last season's wintergreen berries emerging from under the snow:
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    I've posted this already but it belongs here as well and is still amazing me;

    Little bugger was walking every inch of my pack all day Saturday;

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    Finally got home that night and it was in the car with me!

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    Looks to me like some variety of dermestid beetle. Did you have a sandwich in your pack?
     
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    Ah the smell of skunk cabbage flowers in the morning. This is a sure sign things are growing for me.

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    66537256-F223-41DE-B30E-883229EC7288.jpeg Ok I hope this is a sign ! Still in place a foot of snow, but next few days in the 40s .
     
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    Little patch of Ramps
     
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    I think I spoke too soon. I think it is actually Lucidota atra, black firefly.
     
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    Yep, a vegan mosquito with a flashlight.

    :D
     
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    @rsnurkle this picture looks familiar . Our backyard .


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    My first sign of spring, taken on Sunday about 2 miles out on Lake Superior...

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    Doesn't look like spring, does it? lol

    Well here it is!....

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    The ice shelf cracked and at the crack seagulls have returned to my area! I also seen a couple of greater Canadian geese! Maybe I'll see something green in another month!

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    Feeling just wee bit overly optimistic today, no?
     
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    H aha ha...yes. By green I mean, maybe some dead grass. :confused:
     
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    This thing was green(ish)...
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    A0B89A87-9DE4-4E13-8D37-DE79F31AA4E8.jpeg This one is from about a week and a half ago, and the skunk cabbage has progressed since then. But, here ya go.
    Spring has sprung in coastal Washington, and my woods buddy Smokey knows it too! I may post photos of Salmonberry flowers if I see them again soon!
     
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    This picture is from last year but the same tree has already dropped it's blooms and has marble-sized Pears. The Fig tree has leaves and the Pecans are starting to put on leaves, a sure sign of spring. The highs are in the 80s and the lows in the 70s. 100_3897.JPG
     
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