While I was out looking at the pond and wishing I didn’t have so darned many fish in it, I noticed a salamander newt that will be big enough to emerge as an adult this year. Now THAT is seriously cool, since part of the reason I built the pond was so it could be habitat for amphibians. Seeing a newt that survived eggdom and youthdom long enough to become an adult is very wonderful, since it takes these salamanders two whole years to achieve amphibiousness.
While I was rejoicing in that news, Jim discovered other news on the other side of the property. The garter snakes have emerged into the sweet hot sun and were caught in a compromising position. By the time the paparazzi arrived, they had gone their separate ways, but I managed to get a pretty good portrait anyway.
Now, doesn’t that expression sort of remind you of how Frank Sinatra looked right before he decked the photographer that was annoying him?
Meanwhile, the bees have discovered that the crocuses are available. Check out the collection of pollen this one has on its pollen sacs.
The rhubarb, which was only a suggestive nubbin the other day has begun to make leaves.
Ah, the joys of spring. There aren’t just garden plants and wildlife inhabitants celebrating. The chickweed and the henbit and the wild oats have discovered it is spring also, so I need to get out there and do some weed pulling.
Fortunately, last night Jim and I discovered that the source of my leg pain was not my sciatic nerve, as I had suspected, but actually my femoral nerve, which was being impinged not by my piriformis but my iliopsoas, which has apparently been in spasm since I almost fell out in the snow back in January. I have that spasm identified and through constant vigilance to my posture plus stretches I have it on the run. Things are not perfect in the area, but much improved. I am looking to be back to 100% by the end of the week. At least that is my hope.
Meanwhile, I got the peas planted with the help of my loving and loyal spouse, and soon I will be putting out the first lettuce seeds and planting broccoli.
And so the cycle circles on.