Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

too busy to enjoy the 100 year flood

Daffodil

Daffodil

Hyacinths

Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths. I used to see the deer right outside the front door every morning chowing down on these flowers.

Grape Hyacinths. I used to see the deer right outside the front door every morning chowing down on these flowers.

Daffodil

Daffodil

An Eastern Bluebird nest! As of Friday there were no eggs in the nest. I can tell it's an Eastern Bluebird nest because they make tidy nests woven from uniformly shaped grass. The invasive House Sparrow uses grass, litter (like candy bar wrappers or bits of plastic) and pads the bottom of the nest with feathers from all sorts of different birds.

An Eastern Bluebird nest! As of Friday there were no eggs in the nest. I can tell it’s an Eastern Bluebird nest because they make tidy nests woven from uniformly shaped grass. The invasive House Sparrow uses grass, litter (like candy bar wrappers or bits of plastic) and pad the bottom of the nest with feathers from all sorts of different birds.

By Tuesday the Eastern Bluebird nest holds three eggs. I'm guessing there will be a total of five eggs by Thursday... then an exciting (**for a nerd) 14 day countdown begins until the eggs hatch. The begins a ten-day period of growth before the hatchlings start to fly and live outside the box.

The Eastern Bluebird nest holds three eggs by Tuesday. I’m guessing there will be a total of five eggs by Thursday… then an exciting (**for a nerd) 14 day countdown begins until the eggs hatch. The begins a ten day period of growth before the hatchlings start to fly and live outside the box.

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Miniature Iris

Miniature Iris

Despite enough rain to break our city's 100 year flood records and the snow flying in between the rain storms we have been able to see the sunset once or twice in the past month.

Despite enough rain to break our city’s 100 year flood records and the snow flying in between the rain storms we have been able to see the sunset once or twice in the past month.

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8 responses

  1. And more snowflakes in the forecast for later this week! Bah humbug!

    April 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

  2. Beautiful photos, Melissa. I hope you will be able to see and photograph the Bluebird babies. I love that you are having fun photographing nature. xx

    April 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

  3. louisva

    We have had a weekend that was unusually cold for South-Central Virginia. Cold as in down in the 30s @ night and struggling to get into the 50s during the day but today spring is back. The next few days look like 70s and then cooling down to upper 60s toward the end of the week which is normal for us. Last week we had a day in the 90s that broke a record. Surely you are kidding about more snow, quietsolopursuits? BTW, I just peeked at your blog and I will be back for some reading.

    Great pictures, Lisa and I am assuming that you have not been directly affected by the flooding; at least I hope that is not the case. I love the pics of the daffodils. Ours have come and gone until next spring as have the cherry trees. Right now the Dogwoods are in full bloom and just past peak for the Redbud trees. Keep us posted when you have time!

    April 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  4. lovely picture of the sunset :)

    April 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  5. Waiting for the egggs to hatch is very exciting! nerd or not :) of course I AM one, but that’s beside the point…

    Great picas as always!

    April 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  6. vishalbheeroo

    soulful pics. There are so much life in the way the images have been shot:)
    Vishal
    http://www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

    April 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  7. Just 10 days from hatching to flight for bluebirds? Wow, that’s staggeringly fast development. My oldest is 17 years and I’m not sure he could survive on his own for a few hours some days.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  8. Staying aware in the world so often involves exposing the soul to all the ills, poisons, corruptions and evils that are the just there. The inevitable consequence of opening our eyes and taking a look around. Thank goodness Melissa, that you keep offering us a slice of heaven in your beautiful pictures. Sometimes i forget to look at that as well – thanks for the beautiful reminders. Viva la earthly-heavenly balance

    June 5, 2013 at 5:54 am

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