Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Raindrops on Lilacs

And while it is raining, let's get the lilacs all wet, too.

This is the first I have seen the inverted reflections in the raindrops, though!

Water in Its Many Guises

Overflow from a spring pond was flowing toward the river yesterday morning. For a couple of feet, it flowed under the grasses, and became exposed briefly, before hiding again. A fair amount of ice had formed overnight around that spot.

But what really fascinated me was the pile of frost crystals that had formed at the top of the slope.

There was so much that it looked like snow.

I heard on the radio that this is the first snow-free March in Ottawa, ever.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Geese in the Marsh

I loved the shadows this morning, and the golden glow of all the dried cattails.

And, of course, the geese. Parts of the pond were open,

and other parts were frozen over. I wondered why the geese were following the leader along the dog-leg through the open water, till I watched another trying to break the ice. It was not that thick, but I weigh a lot more than a goose. He was really struggling to clear a path for his friends.

Watery Wednesday

If April showers bring May flowers, what do March showers bring?

Lambs ears, tulips and crocuses were all revelling in the wet.

Old Man's Whiskers

One of my houseplants bloomed. The only name I have for it is old man's whiskers. If you look at the leaves, you can see why.

The flowers are about half an inch across, and only last a couple of days.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Someone brought roses into the office. They brighten the place up!


Early morning at the marsh, and the geese are discussing their plans for the day. Do you think they regret not having coffee?

Sunday, March 28, 2010


The moon during Earth Hour last night. I wish I had had enough energy to go to Parliament Hill, as the reports sound wonderful!

Today's Flowers

Before the cold snap,

my crocuses were blooming happily.

Now, some of them are left, and others have been eaten, again.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Skywatch Friday

These trees are

starting to bloom.

I don't remember what sort of trees they are, though.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

White Lilac

The branches of lilac that I brought into the house a month ago have come into bloom. They don't have much fragrance. The purple ones I brought in a couple of weeks ago are even less happy. It has been an interesting experiment.

Watery Wednesday

I started taking photos of the pussywillows in the fog,

and realized they had strands of ice attached,

sometimes forming stalks of ice, and sometimes loops.

I have no idea how it was done,

but I am not sure whether I enjoyed the photography,

or shattering the ice strands better.

I do know I was late for work...


After a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, we had fog when the temperatures dropped overnight. You can see a bit of ice on the pine needles, to show the air was cold.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rose Ladies

I don't know how these ladies relate to Alice,

but they brightened up an otherwise dark corridor

at the flower show.

The shape and colours made each one unique, despite the same pattern being used for them all.


The ice has melted from the pond near my house, and the geese have found it. They are still flying every morning. This second photo is not the best quality, but I love the way the sun has caught the wings of the geese as they fly overhead.

Rose Buds

My miniature roses have made it through another winter!


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