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Two, the only two lilac blossoms. All the others were lost in the frost that followed Summer in March. Sadness!

Lilac, singular. Since this seems to be the only flower on the entire bush!

I love the sequence perennial sequence: Forsythia, lilacs….

And it really is raining, which means that the Fire Weather Advisory in Hancock County can be lifted. (No snow pack; spring tinder.) That’s a good thing.

This image doesn’t show the rain, although as I framed the shot I could see the bud on the screen tremble as rain drops struck it — something I would never have noticed with my eyes alone.

My real purpose was to understand the limits of the iPad 2’s comera better, since I expect to be shooting close-ups of vegetation in the coming months. This shot is about the best I can do. I used Camera Boost for a software zoom, and Photo Toaster to sharpen the image. I don’t know if you’d call the image of the bud sharp, although the peeling paint I need to work on seems sharp enough (unless that sharpness comes from the gaff of a guilty conscience).

I guess I’d really be able to tell the iPad’s camera where to focus by tapping on the screen.

And now it’s sunny!

UPDATE Now cloudy.

UPDATE Now sunny.

Around 45° today, maybe 50° early next week. I thought I got on the Spring Express, back during Summer in March, but it turned out to be the Mud Season Local.

Except we don’t have any mud. The snow pack was very light this year, and we even had a fire warning in Hancock County this past week because it’s been so dry.

Still, the lilacs keep thrusting ahead! The image shows how happy they are. This time, I used Noteshelf to put several images onto the same page, and then I used Skitch for the annotation. Looks better, yes?

Two days of snow and a bit of cold didn’t harm the buds at all. Though they didn’t make any progress, either; they’re the same size as last week. Then again, maybe they’re as big as they get, and now some internal, enflowering, process takes over. I guess we’ll see! Which is the nice thing about taking pictures every day; it sharpens the vision.

Yeah, “haybale ties.” Orange, petroleum-based. Ick. I think they’re straw bales, actually, for sheet mulch (no seeds). But “hay bales” are what we call them, straw though they may be… Anyhow, I cheat: I order mine from Blue Seal!

Snow again! “No significant accumulation”? Tell that to the lilac buds!

Ridiculously early, I mean.

One theme this Spring has been instrumentation, so I thought I’d measure the lilac buds; then I can track their progress! But I think I need a better protocol: Holding the measuring tape (upside down) with my left hand and then holding the iPad up with the right, while clicking the on-screen shutter with my thumb* isn’t so easy, especially because the bright sun means I can’t really preview the shot on the screen. But I fire off half-a-dozen shots or so, and one of them is will be worth saving!

Oh, and I don’t put away the snow shovels, not only because they’re a contrasting background for lilac bud shots, but because such an act of hubris would anger the Snow Gods, and we’d get an April blizzard. That would be bad.

NOTE * Thank you, Apple, for moving the shutter release button for the camera app to the side of the screen. If button were still at the bottom, I wouldn’t be able to contort my thumb to get at it while awkwardly cradling and balancing the iPad in the cupped palm of my right hand! Maybe some clever person could work out how to use the mic jack for a shutter releas cable…

No, not the compost. Sitting in the garden in my recliner!

Every so often I still encounter something my father must have done around the property for the first time; the rope that prevents this branch from splitting off the lilac’s trunk is one such thing I only noticed today. That rope has been exerting its tension for fifteen years, at least.

Before the lilacs, the crocus, the forsythia, and then the iris.

And after the lilacs, the roses.

Not to anticipate.