Saturday, April 8, 2017

A few scenes from around town and a few wildflower photos

Raccoon guard on the fence around the main transformer farm north of Eaton Rapids.  It is clear. slick plastic and difficult to photograph.  Fortunately it becomes visible when covered with dew as it was this morning.  Raccoons can climb a chain link fence as easily as I can ride an escalator.  The 15" band of smooth plastic defeats them.

There is minor flooding in town.  The "Old Athletic Field" is situated in a flood plain.  No baseball practice today.

Major flooding occurs when the water level reaches the muzzle of the cannon on the upstream side of Island Park.  Major flooding means you can canoe down Main Street.

There is water sheeting across the ground nearly everywhere.

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica).  Oddly enough these are not in the woods.  They are in a corner of the pasture.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Pussy Willow (Salix discolor), a great favorite of honeybees.  About 550 degree days (base 32F)
Oregon Grape (Mahonia) coming along
Apricots showing their undies.  'I see London, I see France..."
Plums, a little more modest than the apricots.

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