Aaron and I went birding at Columbus Park on Saturday afternoon. The birds did not cooperate — we only saw three different kinds. So Aaron spent time breaking ice (one of his favorite things).
That gave me time to check some sprouting plants I showed here four days ago. The sprouts I photographed then were in the open, exposed to freezing air we’ve had since then. They were still green and not much larger. But in a sheltered spot, I found this:
A few buds had started to develop separate petals, but most were translucent two-toned pods in close up views:
I’m still not sure what kind of flowers these are, but we’ll keep watching until the buds are open.
So why are sprouts more developed here? They’re nestled in a woods on the south side of a building, which protects them from cold north winds. Also sunlight reflecting off south-facing walls and windows helps warm the soil below. Warmer plants develop faster than their colder kin.
Earlier this winter, a flock of Mourning Doves huddled here on cold but sunny days. They lined up by the dozens on the steps below the windows. Then the hawks discovered their sheltered spot, and the doves dispersed.
Nature Note added March 6: Go here to see the opened buds.