215: Look what’s blooming now

(The Fab Four)

The red tulips!  Yesterday there was one almost open.  Today, there are a bunch of them blooming (and getting blown around by the gusty winds).

We had a beautiful red sunrise this morning to go with the red tulips.  Today is one of those days where the old sailor’s warning (Red at night, sailor’s delight; red at morning, sailor’s warning) might be true.  Strong to severe storms are expected sometime this afternoon and evening.  Tomorrow as well.

It has been hot (near 80), humid, windy, and mostly sunny for much of the day.  Clouds are moving in as I type.  I went out for my walk early so I could avoid the afternoon rain and storms.  It was nice to see the sun again.

The violets are blooming too

There is not a dry spot to be found outdoors.  It may be time to invest in some mud boots.  Or an ark.  The creeks are up and little ponds and lakes have formed everywhere.  The ground is super saturated and there is no place for the water to go.

Blossoms on the weeping cherry tree

Would you believe I have not ridden my new bike yet?  It’s true.  It has rained every day since I brought it home.  Even though we had sunshine today, it’s too wet and muddy.

I found this patch of cute little pink and white flowers down in the woods.  I had a difficult time getting to the woods due to the mud.   I slipped and fell (yes, in the mud) once.  While squatting down to take a close-up of these flowers, I was bitten or stung by something.  I suspect it was a deer fly.  It’s the only thing around here that I react so strongly to.  The bite hurts like the dickens when it happens, and I’m left with a huge, swollen welt to show for it.

Then again, perhaps it was a fairy chasing me out of the flower patch.  You can’t really see it in this photo, but the flowers were growing in a circle around the old stump.  There were cute little mushrooms and beautiful green mosses growing in the circle too.  It’s just the kind of place you might expect to find a fairy.  Beautiful and magical.

A robin leading the way home

The little fairy flowers (whatever they may be — it’s possible they are “Spring Beauty” but I’m not sure) made it worth the hazardous trip into the woods.  I’ve never seen them before, and had no idea they were back there.  As I squished my way towards the creek, I noticed another patch of them across the water surrounding the trees.

I am finding all sorts of new (to me) life this spring.  This outdoor commitment has brought me many gifts throughout the autumn and winter months.  And now spring is doing the same.

Morning view of the pond

22 Comments on “215: Look what’s blooming now”

  1. ocean1025 says:

    It’s times like this I wish I still had Dad around to remind me what this plant and that tree are. Being such an outdoors guy, he was a whiz at that sort of stuff. I do believe those are indeed Spring Beauties…I know I have seen them many times on walks with my family as a child, but the name is escaping me.

    We’re dealing with heavy saturation down here as well. It’s water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. The Ohio River is cresting at near record levels, and there’s some serious flooding going on. Not as warm down here – too much overcast is blocking out the sun. I’m getting tired of the rain.

  2. Ouch! Sorry about the bite! That’s one of the only things that I don’t like about warmer weather (that and the humidity) is all the bugs!! It is great to see all of the flowers returning, and all this rain should make them grow like crazy!

  3. Meredith says:

    Love that picture, they look like poppies! I wish we had flowers going on around here, but we’re at least starting to get leaves and a couple trees are blossoming, so that’s progress, right?

  4. patbean says:

    I, too, first thought they were poppies. Gorgeous colors. Beautiful as any O’Keeffe painting.And I loved today’s view of the pond.

  5. judithhb says:

    Looked like poppies to me too. I just love to read about spring awakening in your part of the world. And do enjoy the photos. Here it is winter – supposed to be fall but it has morphed directly into winter.
    It is raining and windy as I speak. Wellington shares the Windy tag with Chicago. And I don’t even feel like taking my small dog for a walk today. But she is very patient and so probably/possibly later in the day I shall.
    And aren’t you lucky to have fairies at the bottom of your garden? I have soggy earth, blown around roses (really at their end for this year and waiting to be pruned) and paper and other rubbish blown down the street into my front garden. If it stops raining for even a short time, I will remove the rubbish but can’t do much else.

  6. What a great collection of everything that is great about Spring! I enjoyed reading this post–sorry about the bite although the visual was a little comical :). Hope you get on that new bike soon.

  7. bearyweather says:

    Thank you for a taste of Spring .. everything is so colorful and pretty. I agree, your little pink flower patch is like a fairy land (could this be the flower?)

    The bug bite reminds me of the parts of Spring that are not so pleasant. I hope the birds arrive before the mosquitoes hatch.

  8. I’m gonna be investing in an ark myself soon! But gosh, Robin, the tulips are gorgeous!

  9. milkayphoto says:

    Wow, 80 degrees already?? We’ll be lucky to see those kinds of temps in June!

    Your landscape is blooming beautifully – I’m jealous! (I seem to write that alot about your posts). We just seem to be so very behind here. Sigh. Can’t rush it though…all things in good time.

    Sorry about your bite! Don’t the creatures know you are FRIEND?? 😉

    Thanks for the ‘tiptoe through the tulips!’

  10. What a cheery springtime post, complete with beautiful flower and bird photos! The Bogs really have come alive with spring Robin. 🙂 Sorry about the sting though. 😦

    We’re having a combination of sun, rain and wind here today, as the temperatures finally begin to drop and autumn tries to take hold on the days.

  11. Corina says:

    Those red tulips are absolutely gorgeous. The top picture almost looks like they are made of glass!

    I’m enjoying the outdoors…through your adventures! Thanks for taking me along.

  12. Oh, I love tulips. The little flowers are stunning in their simplicity, too. I wish you’d managed to get a shot of the fairies, it sounds like a magical place to visit. Sorry you fell in the mud, but the ark idea sounds fun!

  13. ladyfi says:

    I guess all that rain is good for the flowers! Those tulips are beauties!

    Hope you get some sun so you can ride your new bike.

  14. It’s nice to see what is blooming, looks great. Sorry about your fall. Like how the robin posed for you.

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  16. Tammy McLeod says:

    beautiful!! I really like that FabFour photo.

  17. Karma says:

    LOVE the weeping cherry blossoms! So pretty! Do they actually produce some kind of edible cherry?
    Your red tulips are lovely. I sometimes have issues recording a nice, true red like that.

  18. Bo Mackison says:

    Oh ho! It’s spring! Spring! Spring has arrived! Yahoo!

    (Thank goodness–I was getting a little worried!)

  19. I am glad you are enjoying all your treks into the wilderness of Breezy Acres! I love seeing what you get to see!

  20. Dana says:

    Such beautiful flower shots… spring will be a very inspiring period for you in your Outdoors Every Day commitment!

  21. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone. 🙂

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