Saturday, April 25, 2015

Soggy Saturday........

The flowering crabapple tree is in full bloom right now.  The tree has become so big that I can stand on the sidewalk and take as many pictures that I want without trespassing.  I know the neighbors well but I don't like to walk around in other people's yards.

 I remember when the tree was planted many years ago.  I think three different families have live there since it was planted. The first owners received the tree free from a bank promotional and brought it home and planted it.  One neighbor at one time wanted to cut it down but they didn't get the job done. The lilac bush next to the tree is almost in full bloom.  They have a shrub on each side of their driveway.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I will have to spend some time watching this nest to see what kind of bird is living in the chokecherry tree.  I see a lot of robbins around and it does look like the size of a robins nest.  The confusion comes when I see them building nests on ledges and sides of step ladders. it makes me wonder if it is not a robin's nest. When I was snapping the photo three different robins were in the street next to me as if they were trying to distract me away from the area.

The tree itself is in full bloom right now and I just happened to be close taking photos to look up and see it there.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Birch Bark..........

The birch tree puts its leaves out slowly as the trees around it seem to be ahead of it. The small spiral seed pods are hanging on the branches now and they soon will fall. The older silver maple is greening up and soon I won't be able to see sky through the leaves. We still are in cool temperatures and it does feel and looks like early spring. The real reason that I took this shot was the robin that was darting around in the branches picking off seeds from the tree. There is no robin to be seen in the photo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Big Birds.........

Three of these birds were hoovering over me and I was not dead.  We don't generally see this kind of bird in town like this but they must have been something out there dead that they could smell up the street.  I don't know what kind of bird that they are but they were very difficult to capture with a camera.  I know we have turkey buzzards around this area but this bird does not look like a buzzard in any shape or size. It was amazing how they just floated on the wind and stayed in a formation of three birds in a circular area.  It was cold out there and I didn't stick around to take more photos as they moved up the alley away from me. I would like to call them raptures but maybe my readers will know for sure.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apple Tree Blossoms.......

It was 30 degrees F. this morning.  It is a typical thing to have the temperatures to drop like this but the apple trees are putting out their blooms.  Frost doesn't usually bother the fruit tree's blooms. The pear tree also has blossoms along with the ornamental chokecherry tree.  We will warm up some today but with northern Minnesota getting snow and our winds are coming from the north, I doubt we will warm up very much today.

It was cold and windy when I snapped this shot of the pear tree blooms. Their are a different color of course than the apple tree blooms. I did't see bees on them but I didn't stay out for very long to see any of them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wetter than Wet....

The dandelion reminds of what a cat looks like when it gets. I had some blooms the looked good a couple of days ago but the wind and rain does mess up there look. The blurry photo helps to make the photo really weathered looking.

Sunday, April 19, 2015