We had a taste of warm weather yesterday. Not enough to finish melting the lingering snow piles, but a good start. We are definitely in mud season, judging by the stuff the dogs picked up on our walk along the bike path. Soon, we'll see some spring ephemerals coming into bloom. I, for one, can't wait!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Early winter scene (actually, late autumn) from last December. Spring Break is next week, but we've still be in Arctic blasts of cold air. It's supposed to warm up today, which will, hopefully, melt the rest of the snow that's hanging about around here.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
This was the sky yesterday as I was walking back to my car at the end of the day. I had only my iPhone along, so this is not the best quality of photo I could have made, but one uses the camera at hand in circumstances such as this. This bank of clouds passed by very quickly, so there was only the chance at hand to compose this particular image.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I made this photo earlier this winter. At the time I thought to myself, "Cool! We have a good snow this year." Little did I realize that we would be having several good snows throughout the winter, not to mention the multiple polar vortices. I'm in St. Louis today, heading back home after the Botanical Society of America board meeting finishes this morning. We're under a winter storm watch where the forecast is for 8 - 12 inches of snow, starting late tonight. I just hope I can get home before it all starts...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We have snow on the ground again today. This has been a long and cold (very cold!) winter here in central Ohio. To cheer myself up, I think back to my field season last autumn, which was late winter/early spring in South Africa. I clearly remember some very cold and wet days, but the ones with sunshine and warm temps are what keep me going at the moment...
Monday, February 24, 2014
It seems as if this winter will never end. After a few days of warm temperatures - enough to melt most of the snow - we're back to cold weather, more snow and ice on the way, etc. I've been teaching a double course load this semester to make up for taking all of autumn off so that I could do field work and go to international meetings. As I'm pondering the continuation of winter, I think back to my awesome field season in South Africa. The last few days were spent near Cape Agulhas, camping with Dennis and Gigi Laidler at DeHoop Nature Reserve. This gull was one of my early morning meditations as I sat above the vlei, basking in the morning sun.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Outside the bamboo scripts museum in Changsha there was a swap meet for antiques being held. This young man caught my eye because of his interesting make-shift chair. The market was very interesting, but, as a non-native, I had no way of judging the authenticity or prices of the wares.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
We've had a bit of a thaw this week, which is a delightful break from the snow we've had on the ground since the first of January. This photo is from the end of January - about the time we had such an interesting appearance of snow rollers.