Friday, February 11, 2011
Very Very Early Signs of Spring
January and February have been cold and snowy. In fact, it's 20 degrees and snowing right now. That 20 degrees is a "warm up" from the single digit temperatures we've had all week in SW Michigan.
However if I look and listen very carefully, there are signs of spring.
The days are getting longer.
Our first dog walk of the day happens about 7:30 am and now there's enough daylight to see where we're stepping.
This deer picture was taken about 5:30 pm. Not enough daylight left for a clear picture, but it's not dark at 5 pm anymore.
The birds are beginning to think about spring. Several times I've heard a woodpecker drumming for a mate.
A few days ago I saw a male cardinal feeding a female. So sweet. It would have made a perfect Valentine picture.
The paper box is showing the strain of repeatedly being hit by snow thrown from the snowplow. Will it topple before spring?
The mailbox is detachable. I bring it in the house when I know the snowplow snow is going to hit it hard.
Finally the oak trees are shedding some of their leaves.