OK it is 17 C right now, (63 F) and it is hot. In our Yukon summer most days will not feel this hot.
With the snow we had, there is lots of running water, little creeks everywhere, where i have never seen a creek. I even saw a little waterfall coming of a normally dry rock face.
And yes i saw my first crocus this year! Just one group, that's it.
And several Butterflies!
This the Mourning Cloak.
Look a the ragged edges, this is an hybernating butterfly, this the last stage of it's life. John Acorn
in Butterflies of Alberta says it will live until June.
I also spotted what i think was a Fritillary, which seems early!
It was here in the yard so i might see it again, there is still almost 4 hours of sun light left in our Northern day.
Ah this morning didn't start so glorious though, for me that is.
I wanted to make it out to my 2 Birch trees that i tap for sap, as this is not Birch country, they are, on a good day, an hours walk north.(growing only on north slopes here)
Today it took me way longer, i tried to go when the ice path was still frozen.
No such luck, i fell through, many steps, especially on the way back. (of course) Anyway the buckets are there and the holes drilled out.