My house sits in a sea of dandelions right now! I love the look, but I'm sure my neighbors with pristine lawns wish that I would kill them all off. It will happen in time, but for the moment, that sea of yellow gives me joy! We have lots of exterior house and yard work that will be happening in the near future, so there will be some changes coming. All in preparation for my daughter's wedding in July ~ but truthfully, all things that need done anyway.
Anytime I hear the crows, I know that the great horned owls that live in the neighbors tree must be out and about. Can you see the owl tucked in a fold of the branches? These photos aren't the best, but I wanted to catch a photo of them and didn't have time to go get the tripod!
The owlet was nicely visible for a just a short time in the nest in the tree. Soon the leaves will be fully out and I'll no longer have a view of the nest. The owls nested a bit later this year. Last year at this time, the owlet was already sprouting real feathers and spending some time sitting on the branch outside the nest! This one is still all covered in fuzzy down. It's such a joy to be able to watch the owls on a regular basis!
My morning walk around the yard revealed lots of spring beauty. I think these are wild plums in bloom. So pretty!
I just love those clusters of pearly white buds.
I've also discovered a number of violets popping up along the cracks in the back flagstone terrace! They weren't there last year, so it's a joy to see them! They are one of my favorite flowers!
Amazing to me how such beauty can thrive in adversity! The crack these are coming up in is no more than 1/2" wide and it bakes terribly hot in the sun most of the day. Not what I would have thought of as a good environment for violets, but they sure seem happy!
In sadder news, my little Mollie Kitty is terribly sick and has spent the last few days at the Kitty Hospital. I hope she gets to come home tomorrow. She has been one of the bright lights of my life for the past 14 years and I dearly hope that we get to spend a few more precious years with her.