Afternoon at the Arboretum

A few hours in the Arnold Arboretum turned up a wide variety of flowers and other photo opportunities. These are some of my favorites.

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I was taking pictures of this empty nest, and every time I got closer to it, a robin behind me started to freak out. I finally decided she probably had eggs in there, so I didn’t get any closer. When I walked away, she made a beeline for the nest!

Early Spring in the Arboretum

We finally came upon a few signs of spring in the Arnold Arboretum, in Boston, this weekend. Magnolia blooms peeking out from their pods? Boom. Done.

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Magnolias, pussy willows, bees and crocuses (crocii?). As always, click on any picture to see it larger (click on all the  pictures – you’ll want to see them larger. You want to buy them? OK. Wait – that website’s not functional yet. Send me a message, or comment, and we’ll work something out).

Nature Walk

Tonight, we walked through a wooded area, in which many of the trees appear to be diseased. Lots of holes from woodpeckers, downed trees, trees missing bark, etc. – it was lovely. Some of my favorite images from the evening are here. As always, click on the image to make it larger.

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Large chunk of bug-eaten bark on the ground.

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Leaves still on the trees.

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Dead tree standing.

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Color contrast.

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Tufted titmouse.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

It’s Spring! and this week’s photo challenge inspires us to share our photos of the theme. We’ve been celebrating spring south of Boston for a week or two, so here are a few photos that illustrate the theme.

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Cold spring Red Sox games bring out the clam chowder and cocoa vendors.

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The Boston Marathon is a very visible harbinger of the season.

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Flowers! My favorite sign of spring!

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Thanks, Mother Nature!

Just want to take a minute to thank Mother Nature for the break in the weather. Yesterday, I was out running errands and TOOK OFF MY JACKET. That’s right. Shirtsleeves. It was marvelous. We’ve been warned to expect another “event” next week, but to celebrate this short run of nice weather, and in anticipation of nicer weather to come, I’ve gone back in my archives to bring you spring. Enjoy it.

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Stay warm, everybody!