Such a lovely day in Maine: The outdoor temperature rose to 62F today, under a partly cloudy sky. There was a light breeze all day long. I was going to go to school to work all day, but decided that my spring break is too short to waste on work when Mother Nature is calling to me. I am so proud of myself. I must say that I did do some school work interspersed with photography, a walk with Drew and the pups, and taking the kayak over to the pond. My spirits were uplifted by all the beauty surrounding me, and I feel so much more rested and less stressed. Tomorrow will be a rainy day and I will make up for my lack of school work today.

The first tulip flower: This beauty should open tomorrow (if we have any sunshine.) I have several species that have been quite reliably hardy. I love tulips so much, and we have been lucky in that the deer have left them alone for the last several years.

The first tulip flower: This beauty should open tomorrow (if we have any sunshine.) I have several species that have been quite reliably hardy. I love tulips so much, and we have been lucky in that the deer have left them alone for the last several years.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata): This is my newest plant species, and I am in love! Lungwort is in the Boraginaceae family of flowering plants. It has the prettiest leaves and most delicate tiny flowers! It is a perennial that prefers shaded, rich soil in woodlands, and I have it planted in my shade garden as well as a garden that receives mottled sunlight. I am not raking off the dead leaf matter from last year, and hopefully some nice humus will enrich the soil over time.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata): This is my newest plant species, and I am in love! Lungwort is in the Boraginaceae family of flowering plants. It has the prettiest leaves and most delicate tiny flowers! It is a perennial that prefers shaded, rich soil in woodlands, and I have it planted in my shade garden as well as a garden that receives mottled sunlight. I am not raking off the dead leaf matter from last year, and hopefully some nice humus will enrich the soil over time.

Daffodils: My love affair with daffodils continues. These are the first to bloom in the yard, and there are many more varieties to come! The excitement of springtime continues as I ooooh and ahhhh my way through each day;-)

Bloodroot: This is one of my favorite spring flowers. I had been worried that it wasn’t doing well in my garden, but I have found that it has spread from the original plant, and 6 different shoots are popping up in different parts of the garden. I am sooo happy!

I love the way the leaves curl around the flower stem. As I gently cleared away dead leaves from the soil surface, I practically jumped with joy at seeing the leaf tips poking up through the soil. Awesome!

Giant Hyacinths: The hyacinth flowers should open soon. They are so gorgeous, and have a lovely fragrance. My gardens are going to be so colorful this spring! Hmmm…maybe all the bending I did, when taking photos, is what has thrown my back out of whack. I must start doing my back exercises regularly if I want to take lots of flower photos this spring and summer;-)

Giant Hyacinths: The hyacinth flowers should open soon. They are so gorgeous, and have a lovely fragrance. My gardens are going to be so colorful this spring!

Hmmm…maybe all the bending I did, when taking photos, is what has thrown my back out of whack. I must start doing my back exercises regularly if I want to take lots of flower photos this spring and summer;-)

The kayak is now over at the pond: I am so happy that the kayak is ready for action. Now, if I can just get my knees and low back to work, I’ll be able to get into the darned thing! I’ve got a case of sciatica going on as I write this post. I plan to go down and sit in the kayak ,on dry land, and try standing up with no assist, as that is what I am going to have to do if I put it into the water. Wish me luck!

Mission aborted: I took the cover off the kayak and found it to be wet inside, so I hobbled home, got a towel, and dropped it into the kayak with the hope of toweling it try. No luck. My back threatened to give way as I tried to bend over, so Drew had to come to the rescue. No kayaking for me until my back loosens up. DRAT!

Springtime Update: I saw my first mourning cloak butterfly of the season, as well as coltsfoot flowers, while we were out on a walk down the muddy portion of Starbird Corner Rd. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the little point and shoot camera. Darn!

Spring Peeper: I hear the first spring peeper over at the pond this evening.

Honey Bee in crocus: I think this is probably a honey bee hunkered down in the crocus flower (you are seeing it face-on). It is waiting for the air to warm up before it leaves the flower to buzz around in the warmth of the day (56F for a daytime high in our neck of the woods.)

Honey Bee in crocus: I think this is probably a honey bee hunkered down in the crocus flower (you are seeing it face-on). It is waiting for the air to warm up before it leaves the flower to buzz around in the warmth of the day (56F for a daytime high in our neck of the woods.)