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 Post subject: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:59 pm 
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Yeah, okay, more photos.

Actually, the day I got the squirrel I wasn't actually looking for him. I was mostly just bored with winter and looking for signs of spring.

I'd taken all the photos I could stand indoors. This creature is much easier to capture than a squirrel.
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That's Maggie, the longhaired dachshund. She's really old. She comes from a litter of some of the first English cream dachshunds in the U.S., although she's mostly red. Her pa was a show dog, but we don't hold it against her.

So anyhow, the weather was nice so I went outdoors to look for signs of spring.

A dead leaf. Dead. As a doornail. Still clinging for no good reason.
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Trees are budding. That's hopeful.
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Wow! A lot of buds in this one.
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Still, what I really wanted to see was something green and growing, so I went down to the creekbed. You know the scripture...he is like a tree planted by rivers of water...you can always find some green down by the water first.

Hmm. No green here.
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Yikes! Thorns are why I always tread carefully on this path.
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Still no green. Okay, some moss, but you can't count moss....wait! Are those ... it can't be! Grass blades growing beside the mossy patch!
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Okay, grass can survive a lot of winter, especially in a damp spot like this. I'll need better proof that spring will truly come to us again.

Wait! There....under those leaves.
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And that, folks, is proof that spring will come, even to the Midwest.

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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:48 pm 
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Beautiful Connie,

Summer before my senior year in college a black and brown long haired dachshund sat beside me one night while I was working security. We named her Don-Anna, and she was mine from that moment on through one girlfriend I met that evening, and she lived with me, with my girlfriends parents, and with my wifes mother for the next ten years. She was my bestest friend. Those eyes could sort of ask for something and we could communicate.

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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:58 pm 
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Nice pix. Glad you finally have a sign that Spring is on her way.


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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:10 pm 
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Adrian wrote:
Nice pix. Glad you finally have a sign that Spring is on her way.


What he said !!!!

The dog is a great study .... Had the short hair version and she could wrap us around her little ... hmmmm ..... paws. They are very smart dogs.

So >.. I shouldn't tell you that the redbud trees are blooming and the birds are back and building nests ... and the temps were back in the 70s today.. right???? Ok ... I won't!!! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
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Those are nice Connie. But it is still covered with snow just North of you. Redbuds are my favorite blossoms. We also have some beautiful cherries here. Then there will be azleas and rhodedendrons. Soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:36 am 
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RonKiley wrote:
Those are nice Connie. But it is still covered with snow just North of you. Redbuds are my favorite blossoms. We also have some beautiful cherries here. Then there will be azleas and rhodedendrons. Soon.


Where are the pix then, Ron?


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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
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If anybody has azaleas and doesn't share the pictures.....I just don't know what to say.

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 Post subject: Re: Quest for Spring
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:23 pm 
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The azaleas will bloom here in about 6 weeks. The cherries will be good about the first week in April. Today it is 51 but Thursday it will be 36. The good days are coming. I am looking forward to some macro shots and some landscapes.

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