All day long, the weather has been wildly indecisive. We were warned thunderstorms could hit from the wee hours of morning and on, but it only began to rain a couple of hours ago. We needed the moisture, so I’m glad of that. However, I was a little disappointed at the later afternoon timing of the rain, because I had Big Picture-taking Plans. It turns out my prediction about when the first wildflowers would pop was wrong; a handful of the false rue anemones opened today, and some bloodroot emerged — both flowers and foliage, still mostly furled up. I got a couple pictures before the rain and thunder chased me inside, and I thought I was done. But when it seemed to be letting up, I went back down to the woods just as dark was falling to get a few more pictures, just before the ceasefire turned out to be a bluff from the rain gods. We’ll see what’s going on down there, flower-wise, tomorrow.
1. I like seeing the leaves getting discernibly bigger everyday. Storm a-brewin' in the background, but probably not readily apparent.
25. A translucent leaf before I go.
24. Another view of the bloodroot. I don’t know if it’s just how the colors rendered on the camera or if this is how it is in person, too, but I like the soft pink color in the petals before they open.
23. This bloodroot flower got a good soaking.
22. I walked down into the ravine briefly to see if I could get some pictures of flowers and leaves with raindrops on them. I ended up deleting most of them because it was getting too dark and I didn’t have a tripod. This one ended up alright, though.
21. We have entirely too many daylilies in the back garden, but I do love to see them when they’re first popping up in the spring.
20. The front porch after it had nearly stopped raining. Many of the Norway maple flowers fell off the tree, and a whirlwind of leaves sent this pin oak leaf to be part of the impromptu arrangement.
19. The view out the front door
18. Using the flash just to see the raindrops in some capacity. As you can see, I left the folding chair open. For shame.
17. The rainy living room window, looking out at the maple and the crabapple trees
16. Fallen maple flower on the front porch
15. That famous tennis ball with a threatening sky in the background
14. Looking up at the trees from the ravine
12. The flowers! I saw the first spring wildflowers today. This is that false rue anemone. I love how profuse the green is getting down here.
11. Raspberry foliage going craaazy
10. The imprints of the first raindrops on our firepit
9. A maple flower that fell on a foldout chair
8. The stormy sky, plus you can faintly see a swarm of bugs doing their thing.
7. A warped board on our deck.
6. The grass has greened up tremendously in the last three or four days. To the right of this picture was, for the longest time, a little frozen ditch that I was taking pictures in what seems like a short time ago. Meeeemories.
5. Trees in our backyard
4. The little house on the cornfields that I like so much, as well as a snow fence that never really saw any action this winter. If I cropped out the top clouds, this wouldn’t look quite so menacing.
3. I told you I was embracing the telephone poles. Well, not literally. Not yet.
2. Trees in the backyard against stormy cloud backdrop. I like that you can still see a small bit of blue here, though. Soon it disappeared.