Green

It’s another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. The apple trees in the creek are now in full bloom. There are white blossoms everywhere along the creek. I’ve been waiting all spring for this.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

After spending some time with the apple trees I decided to check out a part of the creek I don’t normally go it. It’s usually overgrown and can be tough to navigate but at least it’s short. 

Catskin on Leaves

Catkin on Leaves

Stepping over downed branches and trees I found this lone catkin that had fallen onto the underbrush. I took so many photos of this catkin as the light faded in and out, until the light was just right. 

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

After untangling myself from all the dead branches I moved on to another section of the creek path. Here the Maples are showing off their new bright green leaves. And so ends another day out in the neighbourhood creek.

Thorns

I focused on finding some different things to photograph today from what I’ve shown in the last few blog entries. In the meadow behind my old high school, I noticed these old milkweed casings. They looked like someone tried to paper måche something and was unsuccessful.

Common Milkweed Casings

Common Milkweed Casings

Along the creek path, I found some dried teasels and decided to photograph them from a different angle. Previously I’ve been photographing them from the side but today I thought it would be interesting to see what they look like from above looking straight down.

Thorny pattern

Thorny pattern

Its thorns are sharp at the top and then begin to look soft and fuzzy at the bottom. More of an abstract photo.

Walking down another branch of the creek (the creek splits in two at the school) I noticed this large tree that was covered in white flowers.

Tree Blossoms

Tree Blossoms

Trying to be creative, I pointed my camera towards the sun with the flowers in the foreground. Shooting this way can get you great silhouettes of your subject. But by doing a little exposure compensation in the camera I was able to force the camera to expose properly for the flowers and get this soft glow of the sun behind them.

I wonder what new subjects I will find next time.

Curly Catkin

As we get further into the spring season more flowers are making their appearance as each day goes by. And while I wait for more to appear I just can’t help taking photographs of those pretty little white apple blossoms.

Apple Blossom Detail

Apple Blossom Detail

I plan on getting a lot of photos of these flowers while they’re around because before you know it summer will be here and these flowers will be long gone.

Lone Seed

Lone Seed

And of course, I can’t forget another of my favourites – the spikey seed. I’m waiting ever so patiently for these to start growing so I can see what they are. Seems spring is not their time. At least, not yet.

I did find something new today – the weeping willow tree catkin. 

Willow Catkin

Willow Catkin

In my research about the weeping willow tree, I found out that way back in 1763 a British minister, Edward Stone, did experiments on the tree’s bark and leaves. He found a substance called isolated salicylic acid. This was used to treat headaches and fever but was quite harsh on the stomach. In 1897 a chemist named Felix Hoffman created a synthetic version that was gentler on the stomach. He named this new version “aspirin” which he produced for his company, Bayer. Nature is pretty darn amazing.

A Repeat

So it turns out that my favourite photos from today are the same as yesterday (except for a new photo). Go figure.

Mica Cap

Mica Cap

The mushrooms have done some growing since yesterday afternoon and there seems to be more of them too. This mushroom family is starting to squish each other as they emerge from the ground. Mica caps grow in clusters so this grouping is not unusual.

Little Flower Buds

Little Flower Buds

I have absolutely no idea to whom these flower buds belong to. You’d think I would take a reference photo that showed more of the leaves so I could identify it later but no, I did not. So now I have to wonder what is it and whether I can find it again.

Open Apple Blossom

Open Apple Blossom

So I will end today’s post with a fully opened apple blossom. It’s not the same one as the one from yesterday but it’s definitely from a similar tree. Maybe even the same tree. I can’t remember. 😉

Emerging

For my neighbourhood walk today I took the catwalk from my street to the creek and the first thing I discovered is these mica cap mushrooms. They’ve almost finished emerging from the soil. 

Emergence

Emergence

Usually when I’m out hiking in autumn is when I tend to photograph these mushrooms. However, they’re starting to come up here and now so I must get some photos. Did you know that this type of mushroom is edible?

Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom on the Common Apple Tree

Apple blossoms are finally here! The little buds are opening and soon the trees will be covered in little white flowers. I can’t wait. Expect to see a lot of photos of these flowers.

 

Blooming Helicopters

I’ve done a little more research and I’ve realized that those red maple buds, with those red petal-like things, are actually the seeds. Or what I like to call “the helicopters”. 

Red Maple Seeds

Red Maple Seeds

You can see in the photograph above that the leaves are there but they are not where/what I thought they were. There’s so much to learn about nature.

Shrivelled

Shriveled

Further down the creek path, I spotted these dried up berries. I don’t know what plant they belong to but it’s neat to see their translucent skin and the seeds inside them. I wonder what they look like when they are plump and in their prime.

Grape Hyacinthe

Grape Hyacinth

At home, the grape hyacinths are starting to grow. They are still small and so very cute. These are some of my favourite flowers. I wish they stuck around longer but they are only around for a short time.