Rainy Asters

We’ve had rain on and off for a few weeks.  The white asters are starting to pop up and I found these large ones with dots of rain on their petals after a morning shower.

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Iris Tip

It’s been very wet here recently.  And cold.  The iris was making progress and eventually appeared but then was either cut and taken by someone, eaten by an animal, or just knocked down.  In any event, soon after I saw …

Bog Violets

Details, details.  Violets are giving me an awakening as I realize the wide variety of the plant I have casually referred to as the violet.  These appear to be the Northern Bog violet ( Viola nephrophylla ), which grows about …

Frozen Drops

The snow was mixed with rain and the drops looked like they would escape the ends of these twigs.  But if they aren’t already frozen, they will be soon.  The cold will keep them stuck to that bush, unless it …

Tree Berries Dripping

These berries are almost invisible to me as I walk by in the dark.  The blue is like a deep navy, almost black.  The wet snow has collected on the thin limbs and the melt is dripping from the berries.  …

In Full Leaf

This oak tree is having none of winter.  The tree still appears full of leaves, although definitely in autumn colors rather than a summery green.  The rain has remained on the top of the leaves.  It makes me wonder whether …

Angel Wings

Maple leaf seed pods are paired and all but this pair had fallen off this branch.  I thought they looked like wings and you can just see the raindrops hanging off the bottom.  They look increasingly frail as the seasons …

Blood in the Water

I have become quite enamored of raindrops.  Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of rain recently.  These dark blue berries are still on the tree, but are slowly wrinkling as time goes by and they aren’t eaten.  One berry, though, had …

Close to the Ground

The other plants that seem to be thriving – other than the weeds – are the ground cover along the sides of the path.  There is still clover and a variety of other interesting, low, groundcover.  This leaf was bent …

Dark Days

My days start in the dark, more than an hour before sunrise.  If work runs long on any given day, I can find myself returning home after sunset, having missed the sun all day.  I feel like someone from Ray …