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mtruman
03-22-2009, 03:34 PM
A gang of robins has invaded our yard, green noses are poking up from the ground, everything is covered in buds - the signs of spring are everywhere.

Let's share our images of spring...

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ScaQ3XJynqI/AAAAAAAAKT4/EuCH2ZlaKI0/s800/IMG_7803.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ScaQ2-CKmDI/AAAAAAAAKTs/0IE-lGF5juY/s912/IMG_7801.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ScaQ2J9cL0I/AAAAAAAAKTk/mgzc_szdORM/s800/P1020816.JPG

Brad
03-22-2009, 06:11 PM
Lets see. I have pictures of mud ruts on the road due to the snow melting. The snow bank by my son's garage is down to only 10 feet tall now. I could snap a picture of that. Or I could walk out on the lake and get a nice sunset picture with the 3 feet of ice still on the lake in the foreground.

Or, maybe I will look at your pictures and contemplate Spring.

M_Six
03-22-2009, 09:12 PM
Two signs of Spring in my yard.

First, a crocus.

http://bimmermail.com/garden/crocus6.JPG

And second, top down time on the Roadie. :cool:

http://bimmermail.com/Z4/Z4-14.JPG

Charlie
03-22-2009, 09:13 PM
Lets see. I have pictures of mud ruts on the road due to the snow melting. The snow bank by my son's garage is down to only 10 feet tall now. I could snap a picture of that. Or I could walk out on the lake and get a nice sunset picture with the 3 feet of ice still on the lake in the foreground.

Or, maybe I will look at your pictures and contemplate Spring.

you can take a picture of your house plants :D

mtruman
03-22-2009, 10:10 PM
Two signs of Spring in my yard.

First, a crocus.


And second, top down time on the Roadie. :cool:


I was hoping someone would post a crocus picture. We don't have any in our yard anymore and I miss them. Unfortunately there is no Z4 in our yard either. Looks like a fine way to spend a beautiful spring day! :)

Steve M
03-23-2009, 09:41 PM
A few signs of spring from N. Florida.

http://images44.fotki.com/v1470/photos/1/1138397/5151277/DSC_0247-vi.jpg

http://images47.fotki.com/v1473/photos/1/1138397/5151277/DSC_0248-vi.jpg

http://images47.fotki.com/v1462/photos/1/1138397/5151277/DSC_0249-vi.jpg

http://images47.fotki.com/v1473/photos/1/1138397/5151277/DSC_0250-vi.jpg

RI Swamp Yankee
03-24-2009, 12:30 PM
I was hoping someone would post a crocus picture. ...
Here is another, even a bee buzzing around in it :)

http://nk-ri.net/risy/pix/croc1.jpg

KD Talbot
03-24-2009, 05:01 PM
Love the picture of the skunk cabbage, Mark! Almost always the first thing in the wild I see wake up. The Red Wing Blackbirds have been here for a couple of weeks now. That's our sign. Another is: The ice is out of the pond. :D

Now I want to see the swallows. That's when we know the warm days are here.

KDT

Brad
03-24-2009, 06:58 PM
That's our sign. Another is: The ice is out of the pond. :D

We still have a ways to go before the ice is gone.

http://images44.fotki.com/v1449/photos/8/8235/7119109/LV0320090324160000000N-vi.jpg

mtruman
03-24-2009, 07:46 PM
We still have a ways to go before the ice is gone.


Must be the Maine version of spring... ;)

Charlie
03-24-2009, 08:27 PM
i would show you my calluses on my hands from raking the yard this spring :D

Brad
03-24-2009, 08:42 PM
"Ice Out" is normally around the 20th of April.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
03-25-2009, 08:03 AM
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a boot full of slush"

Anybody have a picture that would go with this quote by Doug Larson

Mike

Brad
03-25-2009, 08:59 AM
Mike,

Does a picture of folks out dodging the slush and snow piles wearing shorts count? I am sure I could easily go out together and snag some of those! It is up to at least 40.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
03-26-2009, 06:52 AM
Yes, that would seem appropriate. :D

Tim&Val
03-28-2009, 07:53 PM
We have 24 little lettuce plants growing on the windowsill and Gardener's Supply delivered Tim's new cold frame today. Tim shoveled out the garden (snow) about a week ago and it's ready to be turned over. We still have a foot of snow in the yard, but who cares as long as the lettuce and other early stuff can get into the ground!?

COME ON SPRING!!!!

I'll send pics as soon as the cold frame is up!

Brad
03-29-2009, 07:42 AM
We definitely need pictures of these plants with the snow around them.

Tim&Val
04-03-2009, 07:05 PM
http://www.barkeater.ws/forumpics/goldfinch%20changing.jpg
http://www.barkeater.ws/forumpics/goldfinch%20changing2.jpg

Spring must be coming! Look how the goldfinches are shedding those winter drabs!!

mtruman
04-03-2009, 07:23 PM
Spring must be coming! Look how the goldfinches are shedding those winter drabs!!

Beautiful! The much-golder-than-they-have-been-all-winter finches have been attacking the thistle feeder for the last couple of weeks here (but of course take off as soon as I go to get the camera). Must take a lot of extra energy to change color :rolleyes:. How's the lettuce coming?

mtruman
04-04-2009, 04:11 PM
A week ago there were green shoots coming up everywhere. Now everything is starting to bloom! :)

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sde9W9DH8pI/AAAAAAAAKsg/4AVc-MAS5rw/s720/IMG_7809.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sde9X0mIoCI/AAAAAAAAKs4/GVNN0Etzhd0/s720/IMG_7820.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sde9Xm4OXhI/AAAAAAAAKsw/cD3ikAVVqUs/s720/IMG_7817.JPG

Nothing like a foggy/misty morning in the woods...

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sde9XWATpeI/AAAAAAAAKso/lRCh8b46N4Q/s720/IMG_7811.JPG

KathyC
04-04-2009, 04:22 PM
Love the foggy photo with the doggie....

KD Talbot
04-05-2009, 04:39 PM
Here's a spring shot I took today at Lion's Mouth Farm in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/bee.jpg

KDT

Bill O
04-05-2009, 05:14 PM
Here's my sign of spring:

http://imagecache.allposters.com/images/pic/POP/9226~Subway-Little-Italy-Spring-Street-Station-Posters.jpg

Brad
04-05-2009, 05:15 PM
And we have forecast of snow late tonight and tomorrow

http://images44.fotki.com/v1469/photos/5/8235/7400166/CRW_1456-vi.jpg

TrishandAlex
04-05-2009, 07:40 PM
I have absolutely nothing of value to contribute here -- just wanted to say WOW at all these gorgeous photos!! :D

M_Six
04-06-2009, 07:53 PM
Cool looking frosting this AM. Only the squirrels had a tough commute. :cool

http://www.bimmermail.com/AprilSnow2.JPG

http://www.bimmermail.com/AprilSnow1.JPG

Jimmy Legs and Little d
04-19-2009, 08:54 PM
We took a hike today and saw this guy hiking on the trail.


http://i489.photobucket.com/albums/rr257/jimmylegsandlittled/Signs%20of%20Spring/Wildflowers8Turtle.jpg

http://i489.photobucket.com/albums/rr257/jimmylegsandlittled/Signs%20of%20Spring/Wildflowers9TurtleII.jpg

Bretton Woods Brat
04-21-2009, 07:52 AM
Here's a spring shot I took today at Lion's Mouth Farm in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/bee.jpg

KDT

Nice Shot!

KD Talbot
04-21-2009, 07:58 PM
What a beautiful pattern on its shell! Great shots!

KDT

forestgnome
04-23-2009, 05:56 AM
Here's a spring shot I took today at Lion's Mouth Farm in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/bee.jpg

KDT

beautiful :)

CHRIS
04-25-2009, 09:25 PM
I was out playing with the camera today so I snapped these from my front yard.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/080308005.jpg

Brad
04-25-2009, 10:18 PM
Chris, very nice flowers.

We hit the waterski school in NC - my son skied and i took pictures. A bright day on the water.

http://images44.fotki.com/v1469/photos/5/8235/7474783/CRW_2157a-vi.jpg

Tim&Val
04-28-2009, 10:24 PM
We took pictures of this both in Ashland on Hicks Hill and also on West Rattlesnake in Holderness today. Its stem is very woody. Leaves remind me of mountain laurel, but the whole plant is only 5 inches high.

http://www.barkeater.ws/forumpics/DSC_1395_cropped.jpg

Sorry it's a bit overexposed. Definitely pink/purple tints on the more mature flowers.

Any help would be appreciated.

p.s. Yes, those brown leaves are attached to the same plant as the flowers.

mtruman
05-03-2009, 04:28 PM
Nothing like rain and warm days to bring out the spring flowers! The Rhododendrons and Azaleas are now all in bloom.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sf39WT7MBJI/AAAAAAAALuE/HYC9BAcViF8/s720/P1020872.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sf39V3_xgfI/AAAAAAAALts/nPdbDp5A2zM/s720/P1020880.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/Sf39VvueVUI/AAAAAAAALtk/9gAGvUKQBKM/s720/P1020881.JPG

Brad
05-03-2009, 05:05 PM
Wow - those are nice.

CHRIS
05-03-2009, 07:29 PM
Fantastic shots Mark. Spring is definetly here. Thanks for sharing.

krummholz
05-04-2009, 08:10 AM
Beautiful photos, everyone! Love the colors of the violets and the rhodies. I believe the plant in Tim&Val's picture is a trailing arbutus, but I wouldn't swear to it (and that doesn't mean I never swear...:))

Steve M
05-04-2009, 08:58 AM
Great pics all. I would take some more shots of Spring but it's practically over here in Florida. 90 degrees most days now.

Brad
05-04-2009, 10:35 AM
Great pics all. I would take some more shots of Spring but it's practically over here in Florida. 90 degrees most days now.
I am out raking the grass to be ready for the first mowing - in a few weeks.

M_Six
05-04-2009, 10:37 AM
I am out raking the grass to be ready for the first mowing - in a few weeks.

My grass is in full growth mode. It went from freshly cut to seed in less than a week. I had to mow with the deck fully raised just to keep the mower from jamming up. I'll probably need to mow again on Wednesday. The lawn looks great, but man it's lots of work.:p

Steve M
05-04-2009, 10:41 AM
My grass is in full growth mode. It went from freshly cut to seed in less than a week. I had to mow with the deck fully raised just to keep the mower from jamming up. I'll probably need to mow again on Wednesday. The lawn looks great, but man it's lots of work.:p

I know what you mean, same thing here. I've cut the grass 4 times already.

Tim&Val
05-04-2009, 11:00 AM
Beautiful photos, everyone! Love the colors of the violets and the rhodies. I believe the plant in Tim&Val's picture is a trailing arbutus, but I wouldn't swear to it (and that doesn't mean I never swear...:))

Thanks Krummholz! My wildflower ID book shows it with hot pink flowers, so I guess I totally missed it! The book is organized by flower color. :( The description definitely sounds right, though!

Valerie

mtruman
05-04-2009, 01:32 PM
I am out raking the grass to be ready for the first mowing - in a few weeks.

I'm envious. Already having to mow twice a week to keep up.

mtruman
05-24-2009, 09:31 AM
Summer seems to be right around the corner as the last spring flowers are beginning to bloom.

Columbine
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ShlJNmnh5LI/AAAAAAAAMZk/i7X6CdNLksc/s640/IMG_8020.JPG

Another Columbine (Nora Barlow)
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ShlJNzSS_1I/AAAAAAAAMZo/65tCMR71Aag/s640/IMG_8022.JPG

And the Beach Roses blooming are the surest sign that summer is nearly here
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ShlJNoWupPI/AAAAAAAAMZg/wpRtDVmJWDw/s640/IMG_8018.JPG

As are the berries that we'll hopefully be eating on the trail in another month or so
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/ShlJNUoxWuI/AAAAAAAAMZc/HSCpCzusu_w/s640/IMG_8009.JPG

Steve M
05-24-2009, 02:12 PM
Beautiful shots Mark, great color.

Brad
05-25-2009, 08:43 PM
I do not know my flowers at all. I snapped a few pictures of flowers today as I walked the trail from the cabin to the lake. What are they?

#1 is all along the shore
http://images49.fotki.com/v1507/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3324-vi.jpg

#2 is a different view of the same flowers.
http://images49.fotki.com/v1507/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3327-vi.jpg

#3
http://images50.fotki.com/v1513/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3325-vi.jpg

#4
http://images47.fotki.com/v1498/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3326-vi.jpg

#5
http://images50.fotki.com/v1513/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3329-vi.jpg

#6
http://images49.fotki.com/v1507/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3332-vi.jpg

#7
http://images50.fotki.com/v1515/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3333-vi.jpg

#8
http://images50.fotki.com/v1512/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3335-vi.jpg

CHRIS
05-25-2009, 09:09 PM
Gerat flower shots Mark and brad.

mtruman
05-26-2009, 06:29 PM
#4 and #6 are Bunchberry. #5 almost looks like a Huckleberry or Blueberry but not sure that the leaves and clusters are really right. #3 is a Star Flower. Not sure about the others (and will be interested to find out).

Brad
05-26-2009, 06:50 PM
#4 and #6 are Bunchberry. #5 almost looks like a Huckleberry or Blueberry but not sure that the leaves and clusters are really right. #3 is a Star Flower. Not sure about the others (and will be interested to find out).
Thanks for the names. #5 was near Blueberry bushes but seems a bit different from others in the area. I know this is Blueberry - on the other side of the same path.

http://images50.fotki.com/v1514/photos/5/8235/7518778/CRW_3330-vi.jpg

mtruman
05-30-2009, 11:50 AM
The last of the spring blooms are my favorites. When the Irises and Peonies bloom I know summer isn't far away.

Siberian Iris
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SiFR3ouFIhI/AAAAAAAAMjQ/W1RHK8AHClg/s720/P1020924.JPG

White Siberian Iris
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SiFR385jfJI/AAAAAAAAMjU/-0Bd1szNXH0/s720/P1020938.JPG

Peony
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SiFR4Ho68-I/AAAAAAAAMjY/VM48019thss/s720/P1020939.JPG

Bearded Iris
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SiFR4ksBeUI/AAAAAAAAMjg/pvxMxqoNDUM/s640/P1020937.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SiFR4s69p3I/AAAAAAAAMjk/uiYIQnYnwp8/s720/P1020930.JPG

CHRIS
05-30-2009, 01:40 PM
Great shots Mark I really like the Bearded Iris and the Siberian Iris (now I know the names)Thanks for sharng.

Tim&Val
05-30-2009, 09:37 PM
Mark, I still can't believe how far ahead of us you are. Everything is just BEAUTIFUL!! We've got nothing like that blooming yet. The weathermen are still threatening us with frost for tomorrow night. GRRRRR!!

krummholz
05-31-2009, 05:48 PM
Here are my guesses about Brad's "Identify the plant" photos:

1 and 2: Chokeberry.
3: Agree that it is starflower.
4 and 6: Agree that these are bunchberry. One of my favorites. I like the fact that it is a miniature member of the dogwood family.
5: This is a real puzzle. The flowers do look exactly like blueberry flowers, but I am positive it is not a blueberry. The leaves are wrong. ?????
7: Bluets (often not very blue).
8: Fothergilla, also known as witch alder.

Brad
05-31-2009, 07:45 PM
Here are my guesses about Brad's "Identify the plant" photos:

1 and 2: Chokeberry.
3: Agree that it is starflower.
4 and 6: Agree that these are bunchberry. One of my favorites. I like the fact that it is a miniature member of the dogwood family.
5: This is a real puzzle. The flowers do look exactly like blueberry flowers, but I am positive it is not a blueberry. The leaves are wrong. ?????
7: Bluets (often not very blue).
8: Fothergilla, also known as witch alder.
Great identification! #5 is in among several different types of Blueberries. So, I would not be surprised if this is another. No ideas yet on #6.

Not bad for just the path from the cabin to the dock.

I have these and other pictures I took today around the yard in an album to record the flowers throughout the summer - http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/cabin/2009-cabin/

Brad
06-01-2009, 09:44 PM
I stopped this morning at the Intervale rest area on route 16 just north of N Conway. The object was to get pictures of the summit with the new June snow on the ground. I waited as long as I could for the clouds to move on back.

This is one to record the June 1st summit snow
http://images39.fotki.com/v1268/photos/5/8235/7520107/CRW_3411_2_3c-vi.jpg

And flowers by the parking lot
http://images46.fotki.com/v1518/photos/5/8235/7520107/CRW_3421-vi.jpg

mtruman
06-01-2009, 09:50 PM
Nice timing Brad. New snow as the Lupines are blooming in the valley. Amazing!

CHRIS
06-01-2009, 10:01 PM
Great shots Brad. Everytime we go up there we stop there mainly for me to admire my mistress and take shots of her :D.And for the wife and daughter to go pee.

Steve M
06-02-2009, 07:52 AM
The higher peaks look very frosty and cold for this time of year.