(Toledo, OH) It's not quite the same as blossoms in Brooklyn, but the warm weather here in Northwest Ohio has produced some unusual natural phenomena this January.
My rose bushes have begun to sprout leaves and new branch growth. This typically happens in March and April in my neighborhood. The grass in my lawn has stayed a lush green all winter, and it looks like I might need to cut it if it stays warm for another week.
This earthworm, although it was not able to dodge traffic on my street, was driven from the ground by the heavy rains of the past 24 hours.
I am also seeing some leaf buds on a crabapple tree in the yard. If we ever do get some of the notoriously cold weather this area is noted for, the local flora and fauna will be in for quite a shock.
As will I, because I am getting used to the relative warmth, and I will not be chagrined if we stay in the 30s and 40s all winter long.
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