Category Archives: Spring

Housekeeping

Saw a big old soft shell turtle (family Trionychidae, order Testudines, http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/midland-smooth-softshell) while on a walk today (and the snout of a painted turtle in the water in front of him), and mom goose is setting up housekeeping on the … Continue reading

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Afternoon arboretum

 Mary Isabelle         Red Shouldered Hawk  Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) I am glad we saw this this year- we totally missed it last year. – from Alice Lounsberry Southern Wild-flowers and trees:: “This white wilding with its center … Continue reading

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Coiled spring

Yesterday afternoon I went to the local botanical garden with a friend to walk in the sun on the unusally warm February 7 day. We saw honeybees out gathering pollen from the few plants that were blooming, including a witchazel (Hamamelis … Continue reading

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Icy green

We went to the arboretum this morning. I was intent on finding something-anything green that hints of spring. But alas, when we arrived we found this: First time they’ve closed, ever, said the man at the visitor center. So we … Continue reading

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Arboretum Father’s Day

We walked at the arboretum this morning, a good day to go, it was rainy and few people out. The woods are mostly overgrown now and the prairies and glades have taken over the show. Here is a sampling.

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Bumble queen

This morning I went swimming at our community pool and met a woman named Ethel. 89 years old, has asthma and arthritis, and swims for an hour and 45 minutes every day of the world. It was cool this morning- … Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo rainy day walk

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