Partly Cloudy 28* Hiked in sunshine & heavy snow fall. Ice accumulation on top of everything. Swaying trees making creaking sounds.
Rainy 54* Sycamore Study: Fallen seeds are bare (when they fall they're fuzzy), Trunk bark: gray, scale, porous, brown under layers (also porous) Trunk to limb transition: bark thins to reveal white patches Far limbs: mostly white (lacking lower bark) with few dark patches Growing on/nearby: Poison ivy climbing tree, honeysuckle shrub at base, garlic mustard Other: fallen leaves are larger than my foot!
41* cloudy snow/rain Tree buds beginning to swell. Otherwise the tree is still and quiet. The majority of the seed pods have fallen, as have the last of last year's leaves.
72* sunny, breezy, fluffy clouds, scent of J. honeysuckle on the air. small bird (chat?), lots of dead limbs, nuthatch, lots of empty space between open leaves.
78* sunny with fluffy clouds. Leaves filling out more. Nuthatch, cardinals, tiger swallowtail flying around. Still holding lots of dead limbs. Some leaves starting to fall.
Hummingbirds flying around tree. Flycatchers eating bugs (Phoebe?). Redbelly woodpecker and downy scuffle over a hole in the tree with food. Dried brown leaves are starting to fall. Webworm activity on Southside (nearest woods). Goldenrod surrounds base and field - not yet in bloom. crickets and cicadas singing. Nearby walnut tree looks nearly dead. Sycamore fruit (fuzzy balls) are starting to form.
67* partly sunny
52* mostly cloudy
Cloudy, cold, big flakes of snow began as we were mid hike. By the end of our hike everything was covered in snow and it kept falling all the next day!