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Old Mar 8, 2011, 7:04 AM   #1
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It's almost springtime in East Tennessee, and that means changeable weather. Sunny and in the upper 60's farenheit one day, and cold rain the next. Always something new to enjoy!
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Old Mar 8, 2011, 7:06 AM   #2
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You can usually read the day's weather in the look of the sky and water at dawn...
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And for the last week or so, it's been mostly rain. This is great for all the new life waking up to almost-spring!
Harbinger-of-Spring is a tiny member of the carrot family, and blooms in profusion on these cool damp near spring days.
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Toothwort is almost ready to bloom, and soaking up plenty of good rain in preparation...
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Virginia Spring Beauty also thrives in the cool and damp of very early spring. Not many pollinators out yet, but expecting to see some tiny bees working these soon.
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Lots of trees' buds swell in the abundant rain. Here is a buckeye leaf bud soon to open, and a few views of willow flower buds opening (which background do you prefer on the willows?)
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Multiflora Rose is considered a pest here - often choking out pastures. But birds love the fruits, and they are quick to leaf out - giving us some green encouragement in early spring.
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Of course, all this good rain is great for the "fungus among us" too! Here is some very healthy-looking yellow jelly fungus on a fallen oak branch.
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We had a bit of snow mixed with the rain a few days ago - no real accumulations, just a reminder that it's not quite spring yet!
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Expecting even more rain (up to 2 inches or so) in the next few days. Will be busy out on the trail repairing some flood damage, but also hoping for some time to enjoy (and photograph) the season's progress. Hope you enjoyed these glimpses of the coming season, and will share you comments & suggestions!
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