It's been a very long time since my year had a completely new rhythm to it and I didn't know what to expect. The natural world in Minnesota couldn't be any more different from South Carolina, and every week brings a new surprise.
The buds on the sweet gums became leaves overnight.
The land around us used to grow rice and cotton and I can only imagine what the seasons' rhythms were like then. Once those crops were no longer profitable, those plantations became pine plantations to feed the paper and building industries.
On the other side of our road is a pine plantation and the piney woods where we walk most every day. Yesterday men with flame throwers came to set the woods on fire and burn the underbrush.
There was lots of smoke so we closed up all the windows and left for the day.
A few fallen logs were still smoldering this morning.
Still acrid and sharp, the smell hung over the field just beyond the woods.
The heavy yellow pollen bombs hang in the pines, ready to coat everything,
and I mean EVERYTHING,
with their sticky pollen.
It's daffodil time and this is a daffodil field near friends' house on Rabbit Island.
It just opened for the season this week.
The small sign on the far left tells pickers to watch out for fire ants. If you've never felt their bite ... well, you do not want to!
And unfortunately you never get just one as several tend to swarm upon you and one ant can inflict more than one bite before you can get it off.
Say good morning to Bob. She is giving me the stink eye for allowing this bath to happen to her. Spring cleaning you know.
You can say hello to The Writer, too, if you'd like. He's in charge of dog baths.
I take care of the cat. She takes her own baths.
And these pictures are for Far Side, who also has a border collie, Chance. You can read her Minnesota blog here.
Border collie. Herder of all things. Ball obsessed. Vacuum cleaner attacker. Roller in deer, um, manure.
Was once the cutest Chow puppy ever born (I hear).
Almost 17. Grumpy old man with dragon breath. Smokes cigars. Arthritic.
On principle performs the opposite of any command or request.