The Signs of Spring in Pictures

Spring is approaching quickly here in the Southern Willamette Valley.  After spending my formative years in Eastern Oregon I still can’t get over how much faster spring approaches on the West side.  At first the buds just begin to swell, crocuses poke out of the soil,  and chickweed takes over.  And before I can say “out like a lamb”  plants are bursting with blooms and new growth.  I would say we are just at the beginning of the plant explosion around the first week of March.  Not to mention the bird activity has shall I say, soared into action.  A couple weeks ago I got to watch and listen to dueling male sparrows – I even could tell who the winner was!

The following pictures are just a few of the signs of spring that I have noticed where I work in the wetlands.  They aren’t of the greatest quality being taken on a cell phone so please do not judge.


dandelion
Taraxacum officionale:  good ol’ Dandelion.  Two weeks ago was about the time I saw dent de lion begin to flower.  Time for dandelion wine, dandelion fritters, tasty young bitters, and more.


willow

Salix spp. Got a shot of both the male and female flower parts or catkins. Catkin is a Dutch word that means kitten.


teaselgrowth

Dipsacus fullonum  Last years teasel stalk where the seeds are sprouting on itself! Found this just feet from the back door at work.


Bonus Pics

Can you find the animal hiding in the grass?

 heronfar

How about now?

heroncloser

There it is! A GBH (Great Blue Heron) not 5 feet from the bike path.

heronclose

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