Tag Archives: spring

Pine pollen – everything you didn’t know about pine trees

We live in a forest of pine trees. Unlike flowering plants, pine trees don’t attract bees or butterflies for pollination. The wind does the job of transferring pollen from male cones to female cones or on other trees.

The first two photos are male pine cones and the third one, what we think of as a traditional pine cone is a female. The video captures the wind blowing the pollen from the trees.

Spring (poem)

Spring arrives in bits and pieces

fits and starts

one step forward, two steps back

like a Chacha.

Temperatures soar for a day or three

then dive down like a bird of prey

But then, little by little,

all of the pieces come together!

The scent of lilacs

The sound of frogs and hummingbirds

The creeks rushing from melt off

Buds on the aspens

Days growing longer at dawn and dusk

The warmth of the sun

YES! All the signs are here

Evening sky

The snow fell, wet and heavy

Giving way to fog as temperatures

danced above freezing.

Mountain peaks

hidden from view

bathed in dewy moisture

wait for the sun to return.

Dots of blue sky, making a reappearance

letting the mountains know

the fog would lift soon.

May flowers? Nope, May Snow Showers

Much of the rest of the country is reveling in warmer weather after a rough winter. We are in drought conditions and happy for a day of snow. Yep, it’s May 2!

We are in high danger drought conditions. In addition to the need for moisture, I love the peacefulness of snow and the way it feels as if I’m in a snow globe. Also, knowing it will melt in a day or two makes this spring snow even more welcome.

Spring in the forest

Having a new puppy means I’m making frequent trips outside. A few days ago, that meant snow which quickly melted the following day. And today, we saw two moose, eating vegetation. Charlie and I kept our distance but I was able to capture a few shots.