Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Snow in Ohio


Snow on a yellow and orange tulip.

Nearly every year in April, it snows in Ohio. It snows in the northern part of Ohio, at least. And every year, people are surprised by this weather event. I'm not sure if this surprise is due to the spring weather here being so swingy (it was 80 degrees a few days ago) or because people have selective memories. Regardless of their surprise, the snow arrives and makes things look pretty for a few hours before melting away.

Drooping red tulip with snow on it.

According to the data available on Weather Underground for the weather at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, it has snowed at least one day in April every year since 2014. While the amount of snow fall varied, the snowfall did in fact occur. The years before 2014 were oddly missing precipitation data, but I'd be willing to use some logic to say that it very likely snowed in April in previous years. 

Snow covered pear blossoms with more snow covered branches out of focus in the background.

The plants around my yard that have started growing and blooming by this point in the year can handle the snow. Some, such as crocuses (not pictured) and hyacinth (pictured below), are expected to be coated in snow at least once during their short lifetime. While they are lovely without a coating of snow, the snow definitely adds a sense of wonder and makes their colors pop.

Grape hyacinth mostly buried in snow.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Meet Sprocket

Recently, Amadeus has been acting suspiciously. I knew he was up to something, but I had no idea what it could be. One afternoon, not long after the suspicious activity began, a package appeared on the front step. Amadeus opened it and quickly got to work, studying the instructions thoroughly before assembling the mystery. 

A wooden robot holding a screwdriver, studying a sheet of instructions that he is also standing on.

After less than an hour, there were two pairs of legs joined together and what appeared to be a music box. At this point I was banned from the assembly room for being too human and making annoying breathing sounds.

A wooden robot with a screen driver assembling a small music box while sitting next to wooden legs.

Later that afternoon, while walking around outside, I saw Amadeus and what appeared to be a small wooden dog. At first glance, I thought Amadeus was teaching the dog to sit.

A wooden robot standing on a stone with a stick in one hand and a wooden dog sitting opposite him, on the grass.

A moment later, however, Amadeus threw the stick and the little wooden dog ran after it.

A wooden robot standing on a stone watching a wooden dog looking at a stick on the grass.

I'm unsure how exactly he managed it, but the dog picked up the stick and returned it to Amadeus. 

A wood robot sitting on a stone reaching for a stick that is being held by a wood dog sitting opposite.

They continued to play fetch for a while. And I eventually learned that the dog's name is Sprocket. For the past few days, the two have been spending time together and doing whatever it is that little wooden robots do whenever humans aren't around. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cherry Blossoms

I had an idea for the type of pictures I wanted to take for this post. I was going to document the blossoming of the weeping cherry in my yard, from buds to flowers to leaves. However, during my daily trips into the yard, I captured some other photos that I thought were better looking than the progress photos I took. The best photos are the ones featuring bees--a mining bee and a carpenter bee. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as the storm outside knocks the last of the blossoms off of the tree.

I took a photo of this little branch over several days, from simple buds to fully bloomed. I like this nice transition stage.

A neighborhood honey bee paid a visit.

I really do believe this adorable fuzzy bee is a mining bee.

I suppose I should include some of the blossoms to leaves transition, if not the full buds to leaves. The transition from full blossoms to a mix of pink and green is always lovely. I wouldn't want to deprive you of that.

And that's it for the cherry blossoms in my yard this year. Next up for the tree is a bunch of tiny cherries, birds eating the cherries, and hopefully an avoidance of Japanese beetles. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Amadeus in the Spring

Early spring flowers can be tiny and adorable, just the perfect size for Amadeus. He wanted to pick a flower for a potential date, but couldn't decide which kind was best.

A wooden robot sitting in a cluster of purple crocuses with a lawn and houses in the background.

Some of the flowers are a bit too tall, though. He wanted a single flower, not a cluster, so he couldn't simply pick these from anywhere. Perhaps next time he'll bring a step ladder to help him.

A wooden robot reaching up to the top of paperwhite flowers that he is standing behind.
Amadeus finally decided to pick a daffodil. Although they were tall, he could pick a single flower and still have a long stem. Although not tiny, the daffodils are lovely and a perfect symbol of spring.
A wooden robot sitting on a stone holding a daffodil with clusters of daffodils behind him.