. . . Living on a mountain in southwest Virginia...
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Our 19" of snow that fell February 12-13 began melting over the weekend. By Thursday, February 20, it was mostly gone with only a few patches left.
On the way back from a meeting in town today, I saw a large flock of mostly red-winged blackbirds along Walker Creek. Back home, I was delighted to see a couple of crocuses blooming.
These are always the first to come up because they are right over the septic tank, a spot that is a little warmer than the rest of the soil in the yard.
I sat in this cedar bench which we have had for a least 25 years. I have never stained it so lichens grow on it.
I guess it is eating away at the wood but I don't want to remove it.
Here's a little garden of lichens. I am not sure what the red is?
My wildlife camera did not take any photos of the snowstorm but this one yesterday is intriguing. It looks like a turkey from the tail feathers. Next time, I will position the camera right on the waterfall so as not to miss this shot.