Saturday, March 24, 2012

Now the lilacs are blooming in March

March Lilacs
We tend to be impatient here in Wisconsin. Early spring is such a lovely season -- wouldn't it be even lovelier with the scent of lilacs wafting in the air? Why do we have to wait for May for the lilacs to bloom? That's why we've been experimenting with an early-blooming variety of lilac that bursts into blossom a full 6 weeks earlier than the old kind. Or is it just the weather?

Photographed at Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, UW-Madison Arboretum.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"What's for lunch?" asked the Cooper's Hawk

What's for Lunch?
I was shooting spring foliage when this stunning raptor swooped down into a nearby tree and started scanning for prey. I had just an instant to frame and focus and squeeze off a single shot through the leaves before it flew off behind a house. I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk, and found I was right by uploading it to the wonderful Bird Identification Help Group on Flickr, where bird watchers from all around the world help ID birds,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Took a walk at Stricker's Pond and saw our first Sandhill Cranes of the year

The Sandhill Cranes Are Back
We've had reord temperatures for five days in a row. Sunday's record of 81F broke the old record of 80F set 94 years ago in 1918. No wonder these Sandhill Cranes looked so comfortable at Stricker's Pond in Middleton.