A Hopping Good Time

Do you find that some flowers look strange when they’re growing? Take for example this Queen’s Anne Lace below. It’s currently unwrapping itself in such a way that it looks like the letters T and I. Also, did you notice that each little flower petal looks like a bug?

Uncurling Queens Anne Lace

Uncurling

It’s so very strange. Typically you see a little bud that grows big and eventually opens up into a flower. But not Queen Anne – nope, she has to be different. The good thing is I like different. Different is fun to photograph. 

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Moving away from Queen’s Anne Lace, over a bridge to the meadow on the other side, I spotted these purple loosestrife flowers. I love how they pop against the pale grasses behind them.

As I walked up to the high school track something jumped away from me into the bushes.

Carolina Grasshopper

Carolina Grasshopper

When I took a closer look I saw this Carolina grasshopper sitting on a leaf. I was able to get a couple of photos before he got nervous and jumped further into the greenery. I was so happy to end my walk with this find. 

Garden Finds

My first stop on my neighbourhood walk today was my own backyard. We have loads of stuff growing in the backyard and one of them is my favourite thing to eat – raspberries.

Raspberry

Raspberry

This raspberry bush is one that keeps on giving all summer long. And now that we have quite a few plants there should be plenty to eat in the coming months. Next to one of the raspberry bushes, I found this pretty black butterfly on the dill flowers.

Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

I wanted to make this photo very soft looking so most of it is blurry except the butterfly’s eyes. 

I only have one interesting photo from my walk today. I took a shot of this rough-looking daisy that caught my eye. You know what didn’t catch my eye – the beetle crawling up onto it. LOL

Beetle on Daisy

Beetle on Daisy

Sometimes I get a little too focused on getting the shot focused and exactly the way I want it that I don’t always notice things crawling onto my subjects. I did eventually notice it for my next shot but I liked this one a little better.

A Good Day

I thought for today I would focus more on different types of plants than I typically do. As I wandered the meadow behind the school this pale coloured plant caught my eye.

Ephram Flower

Wild grass

This seed head was the only one that was this pale yellow. All the others were a dark green. I wonder what caused this one to be a different colour. 

End of the Day

End of the Day

I was out a little later in the day than normal so I was able to catch that beautiful late day light as the sun shone through these reeds.

Damselfly

Damselfly

That light wasn’t just perfect for those reeds but also for this white damselfly that was taking a rest on a blade of grass. Usually they are hard to photograph but it looks like later in the day they are not as active. Or I’ve been extremely lucky. 

Unexpected Happenings

Today I went in search of ladybugs. I knew from my last encounter with them that they were hanging out on the burdocks in the meadow behind the school. 

Hello There

Hello There

I had a harder time finding them, so I was pretty excited to find this lone one. He climbed up and down the burdock bud before he finally gave me a chance to get his photo. 

After finally nabbing that photo I explored the field for more insects and came across this red clover.

Red Clover

Red Clover

Of course, there wasn’t just one flower, but a whole bunch. Then I noticed there was a skipper on one of the flowers. What I didn’t realize was that he had been caught by another insect.

Caught

Caught

What exactly caught him, I don’t know. I didn’t realize that the skipper had been caught until I got home and zoomed in. The attacker was so well camouflaged that I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo.

It was a wonderful surprise to photograph something that shows the life cycle of nature.

Upside Down

There are days I walk this path and it’s as though a new plant has grown overnight. I’m sure that’s not really the case but I guess the point is that you really have to keep your eyes peeled to make sure you don’t miss something special.

Burdock

Burdock

This emerging flower is what I believe to be a Burdock. As with most things in nature I’m not 100% sure so please let me know if I’m way off or not. It’s the closest name I could find that looked like this before it started blooming.

Female Stream Bluet

Female Stream Bluet

I love damselflies. They are little sticks with huge eyes that fly and the bonus is they eat mosquitos and other harmful insects. Did you know that there have been fossils found of damselflies dating back 325 million years ago? I think they are the most beautiful insect out there.

Upside Down

Upside Down

But then there is also the cute little ladybugs who apparently have voracious appetites. In its lifetimes of about 2-3 years, it can eat up to 5,000 insects. That tiny little insects favourite food is the aphid. Go Ladybug!

Bird’s Foot

It’s another beautiful summer day and the birds are begging to be photographed. Bird’s-foot trefoil that is.

Birds-foot Trefoil

Birds-foot Trefoil

This cute little yellow flower has blooms that are small with a unique shape. Sometimes the flowers are streaked with red making its other name, Eggs and Bacon, more appropriate.

Daisy

Daisy

I couldn’t pass up some shots of the daisies. The soft evening light shining on them was amazing.

Tawny Skipper

Tawny Skipper

And of course, the Tawny Skipper got some love, although he didn’t look overly impressed by me being there. At least they like to pose, right? LOL