That’s all I can say. Go to the Stonehedge celebration link below (it’s safe!) and scroll down to see the field of poppies near Kidderminster, UK. The other pics are nice too, but I wish I could have been there in person to see these gorgeous red poppies:
When flowers make the headline news, we smile! Especially at this time of year when winter is dragging on.
Last night we were blessed with 3 inches of snow up here on the mountain ridge in Central PA. More snow is promised for this weekend, so maybe that’s why I’m feeling a little extra Spring Fever after watching this video of Golden Poppies blooming in Southern California!
As I let the dog out in the backyard right then I knew a flock of Canada Geese was heading home on their Spring migration. I heard them first making quite a racket so I looked up and was overjoyed to see a huge V-formation of these impressive flyers. Spring!
A little later in the day I went outside to enjoy the fresh air. It was a gorgeous day yesterday with a pretty, deep blue sky.
Caught some really cool looking cloud formations with the sun bursting through. Kinda like how I’m feeling now!
Even though the chatter in the clouds foretold the winter storm that is on our doorstep, I didn’t let that ruin my day. This sunshine felt amazing although the temp wasn’t very warm.
The coolest looking blue berries drew my attention to this weedy plant the first time I saw it when taking a walk near the Conestoga Creek. I was reminded of that Autumn day trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a number of years ago when I recently spotted the same kind of plant scrambling along a cement bridge in Snyder County, PA.
(Photos taken 25 August 2017. Click on any image for a larger view.)
Right away I could see its vine-like nature and that its leaves were triangular. The vine had climbed from a stream bank up and over the top of the bridge and down onto the guard rail.
The vine appeared to be growing well and it seemed to be liking its sunny spot very much as many small white flowers were present.
Triangular leaves and pink stems with thumb-tearing spikes. Don’t try to weed out this plant without a sturdy pair of gloves on your hands!
Driving around the countryside you have to keep your eyes open because you never know what you’ll see. Recently, we saw a momma deer crossing the road with her two fawns, a few other deer here and there, a bald eagle sitting up high in a tree, and for me a new plant. One that I hadn’t seen before in real life.
We slowed down to look at a covered bridge and then stopped to take a few pictures. Right there next to the berm that used to be the old road leading to the bridge were a few blooming lilies. They were about 30 feet away from the bank of the stream that the bridge spanned.
I recognized the Turk’s Cap Lily, Lilium superbum, from a distance, or at least I thought that’s what it was by the way the orange petals were swept back. I needed a closer look to be sure of the identification. What was the greenery like and how did the flowers look close up?
Last week the yellow-necked caterpillar made a return! We hadn’t seen these voracious caterpillars for a couple of years then outta nowhere they’re seen huddled together on an almost naked blueberry branch.
(Photos taken 13 August 2017. Click on any image to see a larger view.)
Take note of the thin yellow segment just behind the black head. That’s how it got its name, Yellownecked Caterpillar.
If I just let them go on eating, I wonder how much of a single blueberry bush they could eat? Funny, when I noticed them these black and yellow caterpillars were huddled in a group on a bare stem. Do they eat at night? Or were they just finishing their meal when I happened upon them?
This morning I see another bare stem on a blueberry bush so I’ll have to go out with some clippers to prevent more damage.
One cool thing about the yellownecked caterpillar, Datana ministra, is its habit of curling both ends of its body when threatened. It’s a defensive posture that they make, but I’m wondering what other caterpillars do this?
If you see these caterpillars on your ornamental trees, shade trees or fruit trees, shake the branch they’re on and they’ll show you who’s the biggest!
What kind of butterfly makes the yellow-necked caterpillar?