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Signs of Spring

Outside my bedroom window this morning.



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Mar. 16th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
I love spring!!!
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Mar. 16th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
No idea. I don't know what kind of tree it is--only that it's right outside my window.
Mar. 16th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
It could be any of quite a few fruit trees or ornamental varieties thereof. I'd have to have a look at the habit of the tree itself, and what it looked like later on in the season to be sure.

And it's beautiful, anyway, so I don't really need to know :P
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Is that dogwood? ^_^

Happy Spring!
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Beats me! I'm not one to be able to identify trees. Sure is pretty, though!
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Cherry blossoms - nice! Out here on the Left Coast they're almost ready to pop, but this is a nice reminder that spring WILL arrive despite the January-like conditions!
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hurray!! Spring! You're lucky. Things are just barely budding in PA. But my daffodils have broken ground, so it must be on its way here too!
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Lovely. They give me hope that spring is coming. (I could go outside without gloves today!)

My poster arrived today. I think customs was using the tube as a hockey stick but other than a few wrinkles it was fine. Cheers!
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Argh. Clearly I need to find stronger tubes!
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sneezing just looking at that thing.

I used to bemoan the fact that I didn't masturbate in flower beds, so why do plants have to giz in my nose. Then I remember that I do occasionally fertilize our greener friends. Still, it's far less frequent for me than for them.
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Heh. You know, I came outside last year to go to work and found my car completely covered in a film of pollen.

Now, there must be a point of diminishing returns, past which the production of still more pollen doesn't enhance the tree's chance at reproduction any further--but clearly, this point is very, very high. And yeah, this is the kind of stuff that goes through my head when I'm walking out to the parking lot in the morning.
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Ah, Pollen
I've thought about that diminishing returns angle, too. Pollen is tiny. As long as a plant has willing animal or insect vectors, most of the energy goes into the flower. Non-flowering plants like evergreens (ubiquitous here in the Evergreen State) have a tougher job. The biggest factor for them is wind. If they can hold most of their pollen until a big wind blows, they can spread seed the farthest.

In 2000, we had an exceptionally mild winter wind-wise. My new boss and I were testing a new boat out on the Sound just off one of the biggest parks in Seattle. The first wind of all of February and March came ripping through; I could see it coming by the whitecaps in the distance. When it hit the park, it looked like someone released a cloud of mustard gas. Sadly, I was downwind of this mega-pollen release. I went from completely a minimal pollen count to a pollen fallout rivaling an organic Chernobyl and spent three days out of work recovering. Good thing the boss was there when it happened.

In The Orchid Thief, the author noted how some orchids store not pollen but fertilized seeds in enormous roots pouches, sometimes for decades. They don't burst until a hurricane hits. A few weeks after an exceptionally powerful hurricane, one can find formerly rare orchids growing in rain gutters. Talk about maximizing ones energy capital.
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Pretty! Stuff is starting to bloom here, but it rained all of today. Blergh.
Speaking of plants, I discovered that I am allergic to Oklahoma, at least when the cottonwoods are blooming.
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
just what I needed to see this morning to cheer me up--- as I look out MY window at my frosty windshield, snowbanks still 6' high, and thinking about the ankle to knee-deep mud when it starts to melt.... ahhhh, spring in NH... gotta love it!!!

(in spite of the complaining, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else... tried Florida, CA, Colorado, Ohio, Mass and NY.... and always wind up back in central NH)
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
I don't get it. What is it? Some kind of broken fractal pattern? Weird barbed wire with white things of some unknown function woven into it?

Well, either way I commend you on the brightness of your flood lights! They must make monitoring your perimeter much easier!
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