Early 70s today. The Star Tribune tells me the high temperature today is 30 degrees higher than average. Here are some more pictures of the rapidly burgeoning spring.
1. The old Forest Service sign we found (yes found, not stole) has been frozen to the ground for a while. Now it has been unstuck and proudly rehung. But then it fell down again after this was taken.
2. The super cool logo on the sign.
3. Then we burnt some scrap from down in the shop and it made an already warm day even warmer.
4. This butterfly. This stupid, stupid butterfly. I noticed it as I was walking around the yard and tried to get a picture whenever it landed near me, which it did often, as it proved to be the most indecisive butterfly on the face of the earth, flying back and forth in the same fifty foot radius for about ten minutes. Here it is hiding up a tree. As a side note, I like seeing all the new, light little branchlets sticking up from the tree; it’s kind of subtle, but you can make them out.
6. Not a terribly good picture — it flew away every time I got close, despite the fact that it actually landed on me a couple of times for a split second — but the most detailed of the butterfly.
5. A detail of the butterfly hiding in the tree. Hiding in plain sight, I guess, but still.
7. Here’s the tennis ball I have photographed three or four times now. This time I decided to include my sad pale feet in the picture to demonstrate the passage of time — I’m wearing warm weather shoes, see.
8. I like the Norway maple flower buds even more when they’re just beginning to open — they remind me of little underwater sea creatures.
9. A fiber of the blanket I was sitting on late this afternoon and a road across the way.
10. I like the yellow, cloudy texture of the branches as more and more flowers open.
12. The coolest sign of spring ever…Community is back!
Edit: Thanks to Kocart for identifying my “moth” as a butterfly!