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Saturday, March 10, 2012


The Seasons: Signs of Spring

San Mateo, California * And A Bumper Sticker

Spring equinox is less than two weeks away, on March 20th.  Lack of rains is worrisome. Getting late in the season to make up for the shortfall.  Temperature continues to be cool. A walk through the neighborhood shows that except for the birch trees plants are putting up the usual display of colors.  And the silver birch trees,too, have something attractive about them -- standing leafless, waiting for the sprouting of leaves.
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. 
         ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

The pictures below were taken during walks in February and early March.

                                                  Silver Birch tree on a cloudy morning 
                                                          © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

                                                          © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

                                                         Apple Blossoms, Parrott Drive
 © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

Cherry Blossoms, Parrott Drive
                                                           © Musafir   Canon SX30IS 

                                                     Maple Tree beginning to show off 
                                                             © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

                                                      Front garden statue, Parrott Drive
                                                             © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

Photographs taken during walks through local preserves.

         Zigaden Lilly (Zigadenus_spp) Death Camas, highly toxic. Tenderfoot                                        Trail,  Laurelwood Park, Belmont, CA
                                                             © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

                        Bush Lupines on Salson Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain, San Mateo, CA

                                                           © Musafir   Canon SX30IS

Tough Shoppers!

Bumper sticker seen on car at Trader Joe's parking lot:  "When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping".  No doubt obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and such thoughts are far from their minds.  On the positive side they spend money to keep the economy churning.  Someone has to do it.

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