Monday, May 30, 2011

Nature's Abstract Beauty

A drop of pitch

Rocks, water ... and a bubble

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nature Walk ... In the Rain

The Metro field was wet, and I was soaked to my knees.
It was worth it!
White clover (Trifolium repens)

A pink tree caught my eye ... a hawthorn! This pink variety is not native to our area - it must have escaped from someone's yard.

But it is still a beautiful color.

False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) - now in full bloom.
I was surprised to see this one so close to the road ... they usually prefer places that have more shade.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement.
A deer and her newborn fawn!

What a wonderful walk! By the time I got home, I was cold and wet, but very very happy.
And I hear it's supposed to rain again today!!!
Yee haw!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Camas Flowers in the Rain

The camas lilies (Camassia quamash) are in bloom!

With beautiful reflections ...

In the raindrops ...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Clouds Part for Heart

The clouds have been heavy here this spring ... lots of cold and rain.
But occasionally they part!
And show their heart.

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And since this is a cloud heart, I am also submitting this to Beth's sky challenge over at "Random Challenges"!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Silvery Blue Butterfly

This beautiful butterfly sat still long enough for me to photograph her today ...
After some research, I determined her to be a Silvery blue butterfly (Glauchopsyche lygdamus).
Don't you just love the striped antenae?

It appeared that there were two butterflies!
How embarrassing.

Then I got "the look" ...

So I backed off with my camera, and they flew away together.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blackberry Flower Reflections

Trailing blackberry (Rubus ursinus) is our only native blackberry. They are slowly being taken over by non-native newcomers Himalayan and Evergreen varieties.

They only bloom in the second year ...
But when they do bloom ...

They are exquisite!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Hawthorns are Blooming!

Not the one in my back yard ...
But I found one on the Metro property down the road.

Hawthorn (shrub)
Crataegus douglasii
(most common in our area)

They are late this year, usually flowering the second week of May.
My backyard hawthorn tree is, as of yesterday, nearly 2 weeks late to bloom.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

He Should Have Tried Chocolate ...

This is the story of a little Robin.
Searching for love ...
A fat juicy worm is the key to his lady love's heart!

He hops closer on the wire; she turns up her nose.

But darling ... it's such a tasty fat juicy morsel!

She turns her back, rejecting his love.

Then flies away. He is left alone on the wire, his gift unwanted.
His love rejected.

But look ... she didn't go far!
Could she just be playing hard to get?
Is there yet hope for the amorous robin?
Will the worm be just the right present to win her love?

Only time will tell!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pitchy Reflection, Tree Gnome

Sissie and I walked through the woods last week ... and found a tree dripping with sap. We crowded around the tree with our cameras, clicking away ... ending up with tree sap on our elbows and hands ... and in our hair and clothes!
It must have been a funny sight - we were being so careful not to get the sticky stuff on our cameras!

The results were worth it - the reflections on each single drop of pitch were amazing!

Then someone else joined our little tree party ...

A tree gnome - and I think he was laughing at us!!!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Western Tanager?

While walking along the Metro property, sissie and I were shocked and delighted at the numerous birds and other wildlife that were enjoying the warm spring day.

We were mystified by these beautiful yellow bellied birds ... they were too big to be goldfinches, and too yellow to be ... well, anything else I know of!

It wasn't until the male started flitting about the fir tree in the distance that I realized ... these beautiful birds were (most likely) Western Tanagers! The last time I saw one ... the ONLY time I saw one around here was over 10 years ago.

They are only in our area for a short time to mate, raise their young, then fly further north before the real heat of the summer. They return in the fall on their way to warmer climes to the south of us.

According to my bird book, they stick to heavily wooded areas, and are very rarely seen.
What a blessing to be among the few people to catch these beauties in action - twice!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hummingbird Surprise!

Yesterday as I walked through the grounds of the abandoned church, I was startled by a tiny bird that darted out from a patch of overgrown ivy ...

No bigger than my thumb, this little hummingbird buzzed my head a few times, then perched on a branch just in front of me.

I must have walked too close to her nest, and she was warning me away.
So I quietly left ... after taking a few photos!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pond Lily Reflection

The pond lilies are blooming in Dad's pond ...
Baby fish are everywhere!
Frogs sing their songs in the evening ...
What a wonderful place to sit and reflect on Springtime ...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wood Sorrel Blossoms

The pink wood sorrels are starting to show their heart-shaped leaves out under the old pine tree.
Soon their delicate pink blossoms will emerge as well.
This is one from last year ... unfurling into a delicate heart!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Peek-A-Boo, I see you!!!

I found this cute little tree frog lazing about in the sun.
Ain't he cute?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Green Slime with Cottonwood Shadow

Due to the wet weather we've had this year, a lot of the puddles around are growing what I call "green slime" algea.

The shadow is from an overhanging cottonwood branch ... just beginning to leaf out ... a sure sign that Spring is indeed upon us!

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