Spreading mat weeds

Mini daffies n white weeds

I mentioned early spring blooming weeds the other day, and here are the white ones at the feet of these mini-daffodils. Note the petals are in pairs, or maybe that’s just my imagination.

White weeds

The other early-blooming tiny weed I’m thinking about is pale blue, and maybe I’ll get a photo tomorrow. We can hope, haha.

Great walk-finds

Rain drop catch

Raindrops from last night’s precip lasted through the day…in a few places.

Sandhill grouplet

Look near the crossed wires and you’ll see a small flock of sandhill cranes. These were much lower than the group I saw the other day. I suspect this group was looking for a place to stop overnight to rest and feed—central Atlanta is a poor choice for that…keep heading north, birds!

Crew permit

Evidence that film shoots are once again outside the studio….


And, yes, the family of the stinkhorns in the scientific classification system is Phallaceae. Hard to put one over on taxonomic specialists.

Brief return to winter rain

Rainy morn

For several days, I heard that today would be rainy. I anticipated that I would find that a bit of a downer when the grey arrived. Turned out, yay!, didn’t bother me. I even walked in the mist ☔︎ that hung around into the afternoon. In shorts.


Front & center fringe

Fringetree hot pink

Yesterday—wait, no, the day before, I noticed the first early-blooming weeds in flower mode…and, yup, today I heard pollen count info on the morning news. So, pollen-count info should be added to yesterday’s list of evidence that the seasons are changing.

This is a hot-pink fringetree bloom…fringetrees are in the Olive family (Oleaceae), typically with white blooms.

Season’s changing

Daffodil glowing

1. The days are noticeably longer—and the nights are shorter.

2. I practiced shadow-walking for the first time this year (sunshine avoidance—too hot!). This was rather tricky as nothing’s leafed out.

3. I heard sandhills overhead for over two minutes. They were very high, and I couldn’t see them, but I could hear their distinctive calls for long enough to suggest a large flock migrating.

Full measure of rays


No flaw in today’s weather whatsoever.

Might not have been so happy if I had to pick crocus stigmas, such teeeeny little things!

Details of the times

Moon above

Here’s the moon doing its daytime thing. Speaking of daytime, I can tell the days are longer than they were. Loving it.


Outside light

Seems tacky to note that with a half-million Americans dead who were alive a year ago, killed by the Covid, the vaccine distribution is ramping up, and this is a light…(no tunnel illustration, just a light…artsy is sometimes fartsy).


Sunshine without leaves

Crepe myrtle branches

Always glad to see crepe myrtles that haven’t been butchered, with many sunward-bound branches/withes. Quite enjoy the gnarly quality of the limbs.

Don’t know the story of the practice of drastic trimming…but, ouch. [Speaking for the plants.]

Bi-polar not polar

Camillia cold open

We skated through The Time of the Polar Vortex, because we had no polar and no vortex. We had some cold, yeah, but mild cold, not polar cold. Here’s camellia proof; the inner petals will be just fine.

Park views

Lake clara meer

Walked to the Big Park today, and found brilliant sunshine…

Park birds

…and birds. Canadas (left), of course, and Muscovys (right, bathing). In the middle, an anhinga, I think. Didn’t have binocs.

Six springs trail

Tried to take my fav-oh-rite trail: closed. Must be a maintenance problem (perhaps a washout?); can’t be a Covid limitation…. Discarded jacket probably is from volunteer out of frame to left removing invasive species (my guess).