Friday, July 8, 2016


60 minute time-lapse (1 photo per minute) of a cucumber tendril grasping a wire trellis.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Be on the lookout for Noctilucent Clouds

Photo by Johann Enmarc - Uppsala Sweden
'Tis the season for noctilucent clouds (ice clouds) high up in the mesosphere of Earth's atmosphere. I have never seen them, but they are becoming more common with climate change where the mesosphere cools and has an increased water content. The clouds will have bright bluish strands, and can be seen 30-60 minutes after sunset. The article "Climate Change at the Edge of Space" explains this phenomenon. Here's hoping we can see them!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our new bench

We ordered a new bench, which arrived on Tuesday. Drew assembled it yesterday, and moved it into place today. It is a Lifetime 60054 Convertible Bench / Table, and I love it!
We placed it behind the "bird-feeder" tree where it will afford me an opportunity for some good photography, hopefully.
Drew and I sat quietly for awhile to see if any birds would fly in, and we saw a couple of purple finches and nuthatches. Fun, fun, fun...
Then, Neighbor Carla came over and sat awhile. As soon as Neighbor Shannon gets home, she will be required to sit there as well! Thankfully, my friends tolerate my idiosyncrasies;-)

Daylily Season Has Begun!

Yahoo! The first daylily of our gardens has bloomed! This beauty is in the sun garden next to the front stairs. I get incredibly excited with each opening of these gorgeous flowers. I have quite a variety of them and they all have different bloom times.

June 2016 Precipitation Total

June Precipitation Total = 2.575" = 2.58 inches of rain.
We got another 0.04" of rain since yesterday morning. This makes us 1.4" below normal. And we have relatively hot and dry weather ahead. Let's hope that people shoot off fireworks with care so our forest doesn't burn down.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yay...More rain!

We got 1.57 inches of rain by 9:45 am. This plus what we have for the month thus far: 0.965 + 1.57 = 2.535 " thus far. The average amount of precipitation in June is 4 inches, so we are quite low, and very dry. We are supposed to get a some thunderstorms tonight, and that should yield a bit more rain, hopefully. I am loving the new rain gauge!

Blankety Blank Japanese Beetles have arrived

The Japanese Beetles have arrived. They start their voracious munching of plants by the 4th of July each year. They are a few days early! Go figure;-(