Who turned on the heat?

Wow.  It’s been HOT here in the Bogs lately.  I may have made some sort of peace with summer last year during my Great Outdoor Challenge, but I am really not ready for summer’s heat just yet.

I shouldn’t be complaining about it.  It seems like no matter what Mother Nature throws at us, we’re frequently complaining.  Too cold, too hot, too humid, not enough rain, too much rain, not enough snow, too much snow.

Flamingo reflections

Instead, I will tell you what I do like about this current weather situation.  I like the cool, foggy mornings when the dew drips from everything and I have to be careful under the trees or I could end up with dew drops on my camera lens.  I like that the nights are cool enough to open the windows and let in the sound of the spring peepers.

Today's view of the pond

I like the clear blue skies and the sunshine glittering on the pond.  I like the eeeeep! of the frogs and the splash of the turtles as I walk by them and they slip (or jump) into the water.

I love the way the scent of the blooming flowers is carried on the air.  It’s almost as if someone steeped the front yard in hyacinth and daffodil perfumes.

Weeping cherry tree

Although it’s a little wacky and out of order, I like how everything is coming to life so quickly.

Spring Beauties. Last year these did not bloom until well into the month of April.

There are so many things to like and enjoy that I don’t know why I started this post with a complaint.

Looking up the road

Thanks for visiting me here in the Bogs today.  We’re thinking about putting the boats in the water soon, although there are some who think such an action will cause it to snow and ice over in April.  What do you think?  Is it time to get out the rowboat?  Are you ready for a tour around the pond in the paddle boat?  Or will we just be asking for Old Man Winter to return by taunting him with summer accouterments?

Tangled willow branches with baby leaves


59 Comments on “Who turned on the heat?”

  1. milkayphoto says:

    It is HOT here, too! BUT, we don’t have all the pretty blooming flowers (yet). The grass sure is turning green and the trees are budding like crazy! It’s only MARCH! We could have easily opened the pool, cranked up the heater and have been swimming the past few days. Insane!

    LOVE that flamingo shot! Reminds me of the flamingo in Gnomeo & Juliet!

  2. Inimese says:

    Beautiful pictures. Just starting to get warm here in England too, so I’m going to try and get a few more nature pictures as soon as I can. Even if I do only have a phone, and not a real camera.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Inimese. 🙂

      A camera is a camera, even if it’s a phone camera. I’ve seen some great images from phone cameras. Have fun!

  3. Dounia says:

    Loved this post! And it’s so true that we often complain about the weather, so I love that you wrote all those things you like and that make you happy! It’s been really hot here in CT as well, and everything has started blooming much earlier than usual – will hopefully post some photos up soon, but in the meantime I’ll continue enjoying your beautiful shots! 🙂

  4. Love the title of this post, Robin. And I’d like to know the same thing–afraid I’m with you in liking the weather a little cooler. We almost missed winter, and now, it seems, we’ve been thrown directly into summer–skipping spring altogether. Yikes.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      Looks like it’s going to cool down a bit over the weekend. I do hope we don’t go right into summer. I’m just not ready for it.

  5. Joanne says:

    Do you see how writing down your complaint, then moving along with it, turned it into a wonderful thing? That is one of the reasons I love writing so much. It’s as if we share a problem (albeit with ourselves!) which leads into giving ourselves good advice and before you know it, the problem is gone! 🙂

    I can sympathise though, Robin. It’s still hot here too, and raining, although we have had it hotter at this time of the year. When summer arrived, it did the same as your winter and never quite made it! The Bogs really do look inviting right now. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      It’s amazing how that works, Joanne. After reading your comment, I got to thinking that I should start writing down all of my complaints from now on, instead of voicing them. It might make me less of a curmudgeon. 😀

  6. Sallyann says:

    Definitely put the boat out. 🙂
    If all else fails, you can take a picture of it in the snow. 😀

  7. Lovely photos, Robin! Today is the eighth day of 80+ temperatures here in Georgia. Last summer we had 90 days of 90+. I’m guessing we are in for another hot summer.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      I think you may be right. If it’s this hot already, what are July and August going to be like? Then again, maybe we’ll be surprised and it’ll snow in August.

  8. Chloe says:

    lol being on opposite sides of the world, we’ve swapped weather 🙂
    it’s getting cooler here & apparently next week its going to get really cold 😦 eep!

    these photos are gorgeous & are already making me long for the warmer weather

  9. Coming East says:

    You’ve been warmer than we’ve been here on the coast of Virginia, Robin. Even my kids in Michigan and Boston have had warmer days lately. Very unusual weather. Lovely pictures, but what was a flamingo doing in Ohio?

  10. Marianne says:

    Looks like a beautiful day at the bogs, eh? We had a heat wave today as well, Robin. Weather forecast looks good for the next week. Double digits.

  11. Gracie says:

    Beautiful photos! Love all your early morning shots, especially that flamingo reflection. It’s been warm (not hot yet) here for the past few days too, but I am loving it. Now come summer time, I may be singing a different tune…

  12. Hope it hasn’t been too bad!! Here in north Texas we’re wet and cool!

  13. Love your photos as always! Especially the weeping cherry tree and the flamingo reflection. It’s getting hot here as well, but then here it’s hot all year round! And I don’t get many flowers greeting me. So, like you, I will go out today and try to find something positive to enjoy! I think I will go to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Mutrah Souq early this morning and then stay in air conditioning the rest of the afternoon… 🙂 Take a nap and dream of flowers.

  14. bearyweather says:

    The weather is a major topic of conversation here as well .. it has been unbelievable. We too only complain about the uncomfortable humidity very quietly because the warmth is something we were wishing for a few months ago when it was below zero. We are also very careful about taunting Mother Nature …don’t want to assume anything.
    Many of us are worried about our trees .. there was no cold weather for syrup gathering and now they are starting to bloom … if our normal March weather returns, the trees and many plants could be harmed.

    Since the ice is breaking up on my lake way up here in Minnesota, I feel that launching your boat would be a safe thing to do. I say … get out there an enjoy this wonderful weather.

    • Robin says:

      We’re worried about the trees here, too, Bearyweather. In 2007 we had a warm March followed by an icy, snowy, April. It was hard on the trees, killed off all the blooming flowers, etc. Many are concerned that will happen again this year. The poor trees made it through, but they looked pretty ragged that year.

      Looks like the votes are all for putting in the boats. 🙂

  15. ladyfi says:

    Another set of fabulous shots! It’s coolish here, so enjoy the heat for me…

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    The humidity is wacky! Meanwhile, this collection of pics may be one of my favs!

  17. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder Grüsse dich lieb und wünsche dir ein schönes weekend Gislinde

  18. ceceliafutch says:

    Yes, it has been hot! But you certainly find beauty regardless of the weather. Lovely photos… and I adore the flamingo!

  19. TBM says:

    Great photos. It was warm here in London today and my dog actually got tired on his walk. It wasn’t that warm, but he doesn’t handle weather extremes much. He’s either cold or hot–never comfortable. The poor guy. Enjoy the foggy mornings.

  20. Maggie L R says:

    I love your photos. I love the softness in the first three… simple and peaceful… The bog is such a wonderful place to explore. We live near Lake Simcoe in Ontario but it is a large lake. I am lucky to live at the south tip where there are some lovely wetlands.

  21. Kris says:

    Another stunning set of photos. It’s getting cold here in NZ and I am starting to miss summer. I always love summer where there are longer days and I don’t have turn my heater on. But I just think that there’s beauty in every season. And I choose to enjoy the good things every season has to offer.

  22. The flamingo shot looks like something out of Alice and Wonderland or a story book

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂

      I’ve had fairy tales on the brain lately and I think that’s starting to come out in some of my photos.

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  24. My vote is for the rowboat!! It’s snowing here so I’m certain there can’t be any snow left over for you!!

  25. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love those tangled willow branches. You camera seems to sort them out! Jane

  26. This recent hot and humid weather was quite a shock, wasn’t it? 25 degrees above normal is a bit much!

    • Robin says:

      I agree, Tracy. It was a bit much. The flowers and trees seemed to love it, but I’m not sure what will happen with the freeze expected tonight.

  27. eof737 says:

    You take gorgeous photos in all weather conditions. 😉

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