In my travels home after work, I drove a portion of a nearby parkway. Wet areas in the surrounding woods play host to scores of spring peepers now singing loudly, advertising for sex. An amazing sound from such tiny creatures but the need is urgent for the puddle waters are temporary!
At home the tiny iris flowers (seen below) are shriveling and the daffodil flower buds are swelling. One flower, the first of the year, burst open.
I asked and She Who Must Be Obeyed steadied the bobbing bloom long enough for me to photograph it.
On this, a Friday off for me, I see some of the daffodils are now blooming: one white and several yellow. While it is warming (about 70 F degrees) it's windy as all get out, sometimes rainy, and not suitable conditions for macro photography. I'd hoped to post a close-up of a cheery yellow bloom but that's not likely to happen today.
After a brief (and rare) morning nap, I shipped some more packages, then enjoyed lunch watching physicist Machio Kaku's TV program on "Cosmic Time" (part of his BBC "Time" series) I had recorded overnight.
This afternoon, instead of shooting flower photos, I paid my credit card bill (burgeoned by major reimbursable shipping charges), sent off a 2009 budget request to my boss, updated the cycling Web site, and started thinking about registration for an historical observatory conference set for May. Not fun stuff, by and large, but what I did took much self-imposed pressure off and I feel much more relaxed now. Hopefully it will be a quiet weekend suitable for rest and decompression!