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Nature Notes


Michelle of Rambling Woods started a new meme called “Nature Notes.” I really like the idea. So I decided to divide “nature” into a few parts: flora, fauna, weather, and … everything else natural? water, dirt, air? I think her plan is for us to post on a Thursday. But I’m thinking about this now, so here goes:

  • Few flowers, other than crocus and snowdrops, have bloomed here yet.
  • But lots of green is popping its way out of the ground, such as my columbines and daffodils.
  • I saw a pretty red cardinal last week! I took a photo through the window, but it didn’t come out well, and I erased it.
  • I hope to visit the stream down the street from my home in the next few days to see how it looks.
  • It’s been alternately cold and warmish here. Today I wore my winter coat, and the sky was cloudy.
  • We often have a variety of birds visiting our backyard. A neighbor’s cat seems to like to lie in the corner near the fence.
  • I planted peas and radish on Sunday. The ground was easy to dig; I am optimistic about my spring garden.

I hope you will join in the Nature Notes meme. Even if you live in the city, there are still plants, animals and air! Right?

Ilana-Davita says

Here we now have daffodils in the garden. it's a nice meme; I will try and visit some to see what other people have said.

ramblingwoods says

Oh Leora..thank you so much for your support. Once I did it, I was afraid that nobody would join. I thought of using just Thursday, but maybe that is pressure and maybe a week long one would be better. I am open to suggestions..maybe it won't go anywhere and it will be a mute point. I love the way you point back to previous photos. Very clever. Thank you again..

Leora says

It's great! Kind of a free form idea. I like that it allows me to write instead of emphasizing the photo. Of course, someone else could use it to write a little poem.

Do you think you have the courage to do the Mr. Linky thing? Then it would be much easier to visit other Nature Notes. Or you could just encourage folks to leave a link every Thursday in your post.

I've found Sky Watch a bit taxing lately (I struggle to get a good shot at sunrise or sunset and too many people participate), so Nature Notes would be a welcome change for Thursdays.

ramblingwoods says

Ok..I will try for Mr. Linky. I like the frame you put around the little nature note photo. I should do that. I had so much trouble just adding the text to it..

ramblingwoods says

Mr Linky is up

Jientje says

What a lovely idea!

I enjoyed all of your photo's again today Leora, I had a lot of catching up to do it seems!

Arija says

Good luck to your peas and radishes, here it is still too dry to do anything in the garden except hope.

Carletta says

In just a week's time here things have changed completely. Spring is in full force before it officially gets here.
I think we may be just a little ahead of you. I should have some daffodils blooms any day.
I joined in with Michelle too for the new meme. I liked your comment about the free form of it - something a little different.
Mine's up too.

Vicki says

Already planting! I'm so jealous. LOL

Michelle RamblingWoods says

Thank you so much for finding this post. You are the only original Nature Noter left.. I enjoyed this..thank you..Michelle

Leora says

I really used to blog a lot! Glad we are still friends. It's like a peek into the past.


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