Alisa’s challenge this week is liquid. Below are two shots of soda straw stalactites being formed. Water from last night’s half-inch rain slowly worked its way through the concrete in the deck, leaching calcium carbonate and adding tiny amounts to these hollow stalactites before the water droplets fall to the ground. Although they can grow very long when left undisturbed in caves, the longest of these dissolving deck formations reached 2 inches before falling to the ground.
Spring has been mighty impatient with the winter. Quince, forsythia, plums, cherries and pears are all in bloom. Forget- me-nots and spring beauties add color to the awakening turf. The air smells wonderful. The colors are breathtaking after a winter of desaturation. But this post is not about those colors.