28 April 2015

Spring signs

Lilac bush leaves

Bird cherry bud

Flowering European larch.

Photos taken 25.4.2015.

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27 April 2015

New growth

Lily of the valley pushing
up through the old oak leaves.

A new oak is starting to grow.

Photos taken 18.4.2015.

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Macro Monday 2

25 April 2015

Shetland pony

Shetland pony at Fallkulla Farm 5.4.2015.

This handsome fellow is Aku.
He's getting his grey summer coat.
His coat is black during winter.

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Saturday's Critters

24 April 2015

Spruce and David Sanborn

Spruce in Margareteberg 6.4.2015.

I'm linking to Friday Greens.

I want to wish you all a great weekend with
David Sanborn's "Maputo".

It's a different line up than we saw on
Tuesday in Tapiola, Espoo.
It was a fantastic concert!

Line up at April Jazz 2015:
David Sanborn, saxophone
Ricky Peterson, keys
Nicky Moroch, guitar
Andre Berry, bass
Chris Coleman, drums


23 April 2015

Hepatica nobilis

My favorite wild spring flower : Hepatica nobilis.
Photos taken 18.4.2015.

Hepatica is one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The first
flowers bring colour to the forest floor in April already, although most
plants bloom in May. Hepatica is hardy and not scared of night frost, and
even an extended winter doesn’t cause any irreparable damage. Sometimes
it is inspired to flower in the autumn too, and if the weather is favourable
even in the middle of winter: flowering individuals have even been
observed in January and February. Hepatica varies with regards to its
colour and leaf form. Red and white flowers are not so rare and
white-spotted leaves are quite common, but forms with layered petals and
twice-lobed leaves are rare.

Before there were garden and flower shops, hepatica was a
sought-after item in the market. Many of the plant’s current stands
were originally transplants as people brought them into their yards and
gardens as ornamentals. Hepatica is not able to vegetatively expand its
area and digging a bunch can decimate the species in the wild: it has
clearly dwindled in recent years in its favoured habitats.
In the wild the species only spreads through its seeds, which
are transported by ants. In its long lifetime it
can produce up to ten thousand seeds. (Nature Gate)

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