Monday, April 25, 2011

Rain is not going away!

Ah, the rain, the rain!
It’s just not going away this April. If I thought it would do any good, I would threaten Grandmother Nature and say, “this year’s May flowers had better be spectacular!” Before the day is over, this April will go down as the wettest ever since record-keeping began some 125 years ago in this area. And April still has more days to it, with more rain in the forecast. That record is likely to be shattered and not just broken.

For me, the rain means a lot of mud, few photographs and fewer opportunities to bird or sit outside to enjoy the warming weather. On the one morning when the rain was not falling, I had blue-gray gnatcatcher, and both kinglets in my driveway. And they were close, which turned out to be a good thing, since it was so foggy, I couldn’t see the tops of the trees. As close as the birds were, I still wasn’t able to see much color on them, as the fog was that thick. Everything looked gray and white.

Even the trend towards seasonal warming is unpredictable. Saturday evening I had a fire and by Sunday afternoon the windows were open.

As you can see by today’s photo, the trees are still pretty bare of leaves or even buds. I am at the point of the season where even a day makes a difference, and this morning I can see the first of the leaf buds, so this less than 24-hours old photo is already out of sync with the reality of the morning. I think I’ll be glad when this April is finally over! I’m hoping that if nothing else, May will bring some nicer weather!


Unknown said...

I hear you. We're struggling to get our gardens planted. And right now the wildflowers are coming and going so fast I can't keep up. My fear is the rain will stoop--and then not rain again until November or something.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Hang in there, Carolyn. It's all going to happen at once.

Carolyn H said...

Susanna: i've planted lettuce but I'm not sure it's going to work. No sun to nurture those baby plants!

Woodswalker: Yes, you are so right. It's almost happened all at once as it is: Saturday night I had a fire in the fireplace and covered the plants because of a frost warning. Sunday afternoon the windows were open. That's pretty fast!

Cicero Sings said...

Not much in the way of buds on our trees either. Pretty bare though green is starting to show in the fields.