March came in like a lamb with a lion on its heels and then a lamb chased off the lion, all within the space of 10 days.
The early daffodils were battered by sleet and even more so by the cold.
The sleet with a little snow mixed in on Monday didn't amount to much but the weather turned extremely cold doing a lot of damage to the earliest flowers.
The mourning dove above and the junco below were on my deck.
The rufous-sided towhee and the sparrow below were eating on my deck wall on Tuesday.
The titmouse below was hurriedly hopping from the deck wall for food and back to the trees.
The male and female cardinal below were having breakfast together.
The male cardinal had to give up his breakfast place to a red-bellied woodpecker.
The woodpecker flew back to the pecan tree and the male cardinal came back.
I think male rufous-sided towhees are very stylish looking.
The hellebore below is one I photographed at Grace Garden in Durham.
I also photographed the icicles hanging from the cars in the office parking lot in Durham on Tuesday.
I love the way icicles look.
Below is a moody sky I shot around the middle of the week close to sunset.
Below are birds at one of the feeders in my neighborhood.
I photographed the cardinal below during a neighborhood walk.
Towards the end of the week it began warming up but it was too late for the earliest daffodils that bloomed.
Most flowers that bloom early are alright with bitter weather when they are just emerging and have tiny buds but don't do well when they are too far along.
I like the different kinds of bark on the trees below.
I think the bird below is a raven.
The tulip tree (Japanese Magnolia) lost the buds that were already pink and starting to open when it got so cold but I see some smaller buds that hopefully will develop and bloom later.
I shot the daffodils below after it was much warmer but they aren't bouncing back, still the colors are pretty.
Fortunately there are still lots of daffodils beginning to emerge that should bloom later.
The shot above and the rest of the shots were taken today (Sunday) at Shelley Lake in Raleigh, NC where I live.
The weather this weekend has been delightful.
The gulls are still hanging out but every year they leave sometime during the spring, possibly to go to another lake in the area to nest. I'm never sure why they leave and come back in the fall since there are plenty of gulls year round in my city, but not at this particular lake.