Out of the Drought, Phase Two

According to the internet, this is a ichneumonid wasp. They don't sting and are easy to kill, but are not nearly as delicate as the crane flies we experienced last month.
According to the internet, this is a ichneumonid wasp. They don't sting and are easy to kill, but are not nearly as delicate as the crane flies we experienced last month.

As spring rolls along, we continue to get abundant rain. In March we had tall early weeds like henbit and wild onions, and an invasion of crane flies. Now with the passing of April, we have fields of wildflowers and an invasion of harmless small red wasps.

The wind was up the last couple of days, as are everyone’s allergies. I for one have been suffering very itchy eyes, particularly when I work outside, which I do a lot in the spring. I’ve been lucky so far not to have terrible sneeze attacks, but that might be right around the corner. Adding to the irony is that all the flowers in our little world are beautiful and smell amazing.

Also, last year I felt I had mostly won the war against the poison ivy here in the patch, and while that’s mostly still true, I am spotting some, including some in the crotch of the pear tree, and it may be time to make the rounds with the weed killer. While I was on assignment today, I schooled a nice couple on the poison ivy in their back yard, and they had an impressive stand of it.

This is poison ivy growing in the crotch of Dorothy's pear tree. I have no problem with nature making a living, unless it interferes with my own living. This small stand of green has the potential to completely ruin ten days of my life.
This is poison ivy growing in the crotch of Dorothy's pear tree. I have no problem with nature making a living, unless it interferes with my own living. This small stand of green has the potential to completely ruin ten days of my life.
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  1. “I have no problem with nature making a living, unless it interferes with my own living”

    I think this is where you and I agree, and differ from many environmentalist groups.

    Fortunately, poison ivy and poison oak have no effect on me — or at least they didn’t in the past; I haven’t tested recently. When I was a kid, my parents had to add a rule to all our “tag” games, because I would run into the poison ivy patch and stay there. None of the other kids would go into it to get me.

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