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Frog season

Honeybee gathering hazel pollen

I'm not the only one going a little crazy in this late February warm spell. The bees are so busy gathering hazel pollen that our whole bush literally buzzes, and the wild birds are belting out their spring songs at peak pitch.

Mating wood frogs

The frogs are even louder though. Between the chorus frogs and the wood frogs, the calls are almost deafening during warm, rainy nights. Puddles are full of masses of eggs and I startle mating amphibians every time I walk past. Some folks would call this mud season, but I prefer to focus on the frogs.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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First of all, that pic of the bee hovering near the hazelnut bush is absolutely awesome! Definitely National Geographic material.

I am furthermore amused by the "frog porn" pic!

Still cold, wet, muddy, squishy at my place. Can't get any plants in because it's simply too wwweeetttt!!! I'm going to start wearing my rain hat (to ward off the rain) so some sunny days start happening. I'm so frustrated! I want to get out in the garden and PLANT something!

Comment by NaYan Tue Feb 23 08:58:48 2016

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