Spring Makes an Appearance in My Back Yard
Spring is in full swing here in Dallas.
Nearly every vestige of winter is gone and May is busting out all over. Everywhere one looks, there is greenery and colorful flowers and twittering birds and scampering squirrels.
I am not very musical, but when I went out into my backyard the other day, I was tempted to twirl like Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and let loose with
The hills are alive … with the sound of music!
Except there are no hills in Dallas. It is flat as an ironing board here.
And there are city ordinances against singing too loudly in one’s back yard. Or at all. After all, we are not living in Sodom.
So, since I could not sing, I decided to take a few pictures instead. I hope you enjoy them. I’m not a professional photographer by any means.
Not-quite-ripe mulberries in my mulberry tree. Or, as I like to call it, the world’s largest birdfeeder. My mulberry tree is about 50 or 60 feet tall and for about 3 weeks in the spring it is bursting with mulberries. During that time, my back yard is a riot of birds and squirrels. The funny thing is, I did not plant the tree. It started growing on its own about 8 years ago and I let it grow and now it is ginormous. I’m glad I didn’t run over it with the lawn mower those many years ago!
I think this is called a Hoary Pea. The flat part of the bloom is about the size of a US dime (about 18mm).
My pomegranate tree is in full bloom! I love the colors of these blossoms. They start out looking sort of like coffee beans, but then open up into beautiful trumpet-like blooms. Needless to say, the birds love the resulting pomegranates!
I’m not sure what these are. They might be yellow wood-sorrel. They are very tiny … smaller than the nail on your little finger. They are probably a weed, but I am leaving them for now as an early food source for the bees.
This is a wild strawberry. They pop up in random places here and throughout the southeastern U.S. I think they are strawberries in name only. I remember how disappointed I was as a child to find out that they are completely tasteless. They are also considered something of a weed, but I am leaving them on the off chance that the bunnies living in my neighborhood like them. So far, however, nothing seems to like to eat them.
This is an extreme closeup of a dandelion blossom to show the ants working diligently within the tiny petals. I guess there is some sort of nectar or something in there that they really like. Or perhaps there is something that makes them high as a kite and they forgot how to find their way out of the dandelion.
A furry little caterpillar on a rose bush. Actually, it’s not that little. It was probably 4 or 5 inches long (10 – 13 cm). Hard to believe something this ugly will turn into a butterfly someday.
A lizard sunning himself on some bricks and giving me the side-eye.
One of many squirrels who come into my yard to eat. Can you tell I overindulge them? He is standing on a bed of empty sunflower seed shells. But I have made my peace with the squirrels. I used to get quite angry at them for always trying to chew their way into my house. But now I enjoy being entertained by their antics. Already this year I have watched about 2 generations of squirrels grow up before my very eyes.