Meadow Life

When you look at a meadow do you see all the life that is there beyond just the plants? When I search a meadow for inspiration I look to see what might be walking, flying, or sleeping on the flowers and plants that are growing there.

Good Place to Nap

Good Place to Nap

Like this ladybug that I found nestled in a Queen Anne’s Lace flower. He wasn’t overly impressed when I accidentally hit the flower (sorry ladybug). He felt he had to move but in no time he settled back in. I assume that he had found his sleeping arrangements for the night. He does look rather cozy. I’d say he found a good spot, don’t you?

Silverberry Tree berries

Silverberry Tree berries

I noticed that the berries were finally growing on the Silverberry trees as I walked past. I was so excited to see them since I have only ever noticed the tree’s yellow flowers in the spring. Now that I see the fruit I’m wondering if this tree might be the Russian Olive. Man, plants are so hard to figure out.

Bee on Purple Loosestrife

Bee on Purple Loosestrife

I was taking photos of this purple loosestrife with the beautiful late day light behind it when a busy little bee came into frame. He was flying from flower-to-flower eagerly gathering nectar for his hive. Can you spot him?

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. 

Purple Plants

I did another walk around the neighbourhood to get some fresh air. While on my walk I noticed that the purple loosestrife flowers were just starting to bloom.

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Purple and pink seemed to be the theme of the day as I finished my walk in the garden and found this pretty succulent called Ice Flower.

Ice Plant

Ice Flower

And so today’s neighbourhood and garden walk is over. What will I discover next time?

Unexpected Find

The last time I drove by the ditches filled with Purple Loosestrife it was overcast and very different than today’s beautiful blue skies. That means that I must stop again for a photo op. 

Bullrush

Bullrush & Loosestrife

As you can see there is quite a difference. In the last post the loosestrife was evenly lit while today you can see some harsh shadows. Overall I don’t mind the effect of the brighter sunlight but you have to be careful when shooting in this type of light.

One of the things about the Bruce Trail is that you never know what you will come across. Even when you’re not on the trail itself. This morning on the way to the trail I noticed something slowly shuffling along the road. As I got closer I noticed it was a snapping turtle.

Turtle on a Mission

Turtle on a Mission

I hoped that I could get a photo of it walking along but as soon as my car approached it and passed, it stopped and lay down. So much for that shot. I settled on getting this shot of the little guy/gal with my telephoto lens which kept me a safe distance away. Although those claws look dangerous its the mouth you have to stay away from if you want to keep your digits intact. Don’t get too close when photographing these creatures. With a telephoto lens you can stay back so as not to aggravate or stress the turtle. What an unexpected find!

Hiking the Wodehouse Trail

Today was another gorgeous day out on the trails. I’m still hiking the Kimberley area of the Bruce but today it seemed a little magical. The greens of the trees seem to glow.

Summer Forest

Summer Forest

It’s that summer forest glow I guess. (Okay seriously I just added the glow but it was similar to the experience – really, it was…honest.) It’s not the only thing glowing around Ontario. 

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

These Purple Loosestrifes are flourishing in the ditches near Shelbourne.