Spring?

I can’t wait, and apparently my Full Moon Japanese Maple can’t wait either.  This bud popped out on the 25th!  Focus is off, but it’s there in the foreground.  My fish are looking at me, too, working up to the “feed me daddio!” stare.  They aren’t moving much, so I could do a headcount; all accounted for at 24.   Few more degrees before they get kibbles again, as the water is only 43.3F and needs to be about 49.  The earth here is about 55F, so once the cold winds stop, the water warms fairly quickly.

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12 thoughts on “Spring?”

  1. When ever I hear “Full Moon” and “Japanese” I think of the discount that a couple gets on the railways if their combined ages total 88. I think the term comes from Newlyweds=Honeymoon so Oldweds=Full Moon.

    Great pictures, Trin.

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  2. Damn, that’s an impressive koi pond! I had one for 10 years with three generations procreating happily despite the threat of egrets and black snakes until a certain spouse used untreated water to refill the pond. (He’s still feeling the ramifications of that error.)

    How long have you had those beauties?

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  3. EThompson:
    EThompson says: #2 2018-02-27 at 19:01 UTC  [Quote] Damn, that’s an impressive koi pond! I had one for 10 years with three generations procreating happily despite the threat of egrets and black snakes until a certain spouse used untreated water to refill the pond. (He’s still feeling the ramifications of that error.) How long have you had those beauties? Like 0

    EThompson says: #3 2018-02-27 at 20:14 UTC  [Quote] P.S. Had a Japanese Maple before Irma as well- one of the most beautiful and unusual trees I’ve ever seen. Who is your landscaper? :))

    My favorite topic!

    One of the fish dates from 2001 and several were adoptees whose age I don’t know.  Three of them are 3, one is 5, and the rest are somewhere in between.

    The pond’s plantings and many of the fish were chosen by my chief landscaper, the benevolent wife.  She’s got a thumb so green that Al Gore would be embarrassed.   I’m the infrastructure guy and manage the contractors, filters, pumps, plumbing, and electrical.  All of these items are either buried or sufficiently hidden so as to maintain a “natural” look.  That has been our overriding design restriction from day one: 8-1-2001.  The yard was designed before we even built the house.  Can’t have too much engineering project management!

    We are essentially finished with it now, which dovetails nicely with the growing fascination with our fifth wheel, Domus Aurea.  I’ve got cameras, an auto-feeder and internet control capabilities so I can manage it from Arches Nat’l Park, for instance.  The son, who lives locally, is our maintenance backstop.

    [caption id="attachment_3613" align="alignnone" width="200"] From my wine chaise…[/caption]

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  4. TW:
    We just bought 2.2 acres in a wildlife preserve on Amelia Island (No FL) and your post has inspired me beyond belief. Best part is we are building our new home on 1.2 acres and leaving half acres on either side to avoid neighbors and the despised lawnblowers.

    What are your thoughts on bird feeders? We are nerdy enough to self-describe as watchers but only like the cardinals, robins, blue jays (the pretty ones), and even the destructive woodpecker whose headfeathers are so magnificent we don’t mind replacing a couple of our lanai screens every season or repairing the rain gutters. :))

    BTW, that last photo from your wine chaise was simply breathtaking.

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  5. Thanks for the pics! Beautiful sights are appreciated here especially now that it is Mud Season, which means that the sky may be lovely and the breezes balmy, and there may at times be actual birds actually singing, but the ground and everything on it is ugly as sin.

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  6. TKC 1101:
    Nice pics and once again you remind me why I keep staying here despite the crazy government. Good scenery and little crowding.

     

    We’re south of the metro airshed, so all of the air usually comes off the coast and doesn’t cross over any cities.  You’re right about the gummint!

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  7. @John Walker :   If this keeps up, we may have another White Easter.

    That was ten years ago! Okay let’s rephrase that: that was only ten years ago, so surely you are not due for another yet!

    Your compelling images of that event remind me of a big snowfall we had here at    ~ 43.237 -73.492, 900ft  some years ago early  in October.  We watched, for the most part helpless, as our trees, still all with autumn leaves, were burdened with a great snowfall. Still carrying leaves makes a big difference, you know. It was pitiful, as several of those trees and shrubs  could not handle the blow, the physical blow,  well at all.  Our kids learned a lot about reality just from watching that one event over a couple of days.

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