All these photos are from last Sunday, Feb 19. While sections of the west have received major snow storms, New York City has not had more than a couple of inches of snow and has had largely Spring-like weather most of this winter. This seems at least a month earlier than they usually or at least used to bloom
Snowfall January 2012
Tralamander: Possibly Cornus mas (more likely) or Cornus officinalis buds.
Tralamander: Helleborus sp.
Commonly known as “Hellebore”
Probably Helleborus x hybridus, as all species interbreed so readily, new “cultivars” are created all the time, so most are technically “Helleborus x hybridus”.
Acorn production in oaks goes in cycles. This year the trees produced few acorns. On good years the squirrels will stockpile enough to help get them through the winter. I’m sure the Tompkins squirrels have been well fed by people.