FROM READERS: It's what time of year?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 7:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Flowers are starting to bloom in mid-Missouri.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

The plan for today was to share a few photos taken last night of Venus and Jupiter, but when you get up early and find summer weather before winter is officially over then you can understand how things can change.

After making sure the moon was still in its firmament I rescued the camera from the bazooka lens, put on a lens that doesn't exceed 85mm and headed to the front yard to check on the condition of the Magnolia Soulangeana.  It was still there and so I woke it up with a few flashes using the external flash attachment.  That attachment has enough power to awaken about anything and shortly the sun decided to rise early and see what was competing with it.

There were around 500 photos taken prior to and just at sunrise today.

It is an "overkill" day with certain photos but I'm sure this old guy will never live long enough to see another winter as mild as the one we're still officially experiencing and neither do I expect to see the kind of blooming, at such an early date, ever again.  So, I went hog wild with blooms and sunrise photos today.  If it is in your heart to forgive me of such a dastardly deed I'd be grateful.  If forgiveness is not in your genes  then you can send back the unused photos and redeem them for a whole lot of photos of things like Jupiter, Venus and sow bugs.  Yep, sow bugs.  One photo recipient in Arkansas sent a note after receiving the last set of photos.  She said that she never thought she'd ever use the words "beautiful" and "housefly" in the same sentence.  But, after getting the photo of the housefly on the Forsythia bloom that all changed.  Who knows, she might even like the sow bug photo.

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