March 21, 2008

Equinoctical Gales


. . . we got 'em. We're not on the coast (well, the Pacific Coast of Idaho ;-) but we got a nice squishy snowfall last night and it's squalling today, the trees flailing about and casting big blobs of snow all around. I'm potting things on and could not resist taking a photo of these iris (variegated sweet iris, I. pallida variegata) against the snowy outdoors. There were swans on the reservoir south of here yesterday, so that means the ice is open enough for them and it must be spring!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is such a cool photo! Well, happy white Easter to you! Snowing again, oh boy. But my tomatoes are about 5 inches tall! I am so proud. Andy's hot peppers just poked their little head out this morning. We went to CdA and bought bikes (found on Craigs List) yesterday hoping to do the Kootenai wildlife refuge trails up there....but I guess it will still be a while. Have a great day! -Bets xoxo

Judith said...

Thank you Betsy and Happy Easter to you too! You will love the wildlife refuge--just be sure you go on non-hunting days (don't get me started on wildlife refuges that allow hunting. . .)
Another nice ride is just along the West side--as a kid we used to go from downtown out on the dike to the west side road, then south to Moravia and back to town. Probably too much traffic to do that loop nowdays, but the west side part is still lovely, especially in late spring.
Tomatoes! Peppers! it's got to be spring soon, right? I'm going over the veggie list too--filet beans, acorn squash, favorite carrots...

Anonymous said...

Wait a darn minute...there's hunting in the refuge?!?!?!? -Betsy

Judith said...

Yes, for the birds (and maybe other animals, I don't hunt so I don't know on them). But definitely ducks and geese and I suppose whoever else comes to feed on the grain. I think it was part of a Faustian bargain to get the land set aside, to allow hunting there. The refuge center will be able to tell you when the seasons are, and I think the days alternate then too, so you can be there safely even in the fall. I don't think there is a spring season, that would be unfathomable to hunt exhausted new arrivals or setting hens. But then I find hunting unfathomable anyway.

Anonymous said...

Me, too. Thanks for the heads up! -B