Blue skies? Sunshine? Could I be blogging from my home in upstate New York?
I'm not. I am in warm, sunny, Florida. (Although this morning, a cold front is coming through and it is cloudy and windy.) Warm, as in yesterday's high of 70. (21 degrees Celsius). I am soaking in every last one of those little degrees. Not one will escape.
It is GREEN outside, as in actual, growing plants, blooming. Birds are singing. Insects are chirping. Did I mention that there are flowers outside?
The winter storm that is hitting the mid-Atlantic right now with up to two feet of snow expected in areas came through about 20 minutes ago with a whimper of wind and a sprinkle of shower.
Let me show you some of the flowers near where I am staying:
Bird of Paradise flower. (this plant is related to the banana, by the way). The plant, by the way, is named after a son of a Russian Czar.
And finally, the beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis), which is commonly found on the edge of - well, beaches. It is useful for dune stabilization, besides being pretty.
It's wonderful to be able to blog about flowers at the beginning of March! Next Wednesday, if I can get ID's, I will post some pictures of Florida wildflowers.
And in case you are ready to throw darts at my picture, oh northern friends - we are expected to have near record cold tonight, with a low of 43 degrees.
Is it warm where you are? Or are you still firmly in winter's embrace? (alas, I will be returning next week to upstate's grey skies and snow after this winter's break.)