Autumn’s Purple

Today I’m back to my regular walk around the neighbourhood. The autumn colours and the lushness of the creek path make it one of my favourite times of the year to walk here.

Autumn Path

Autumn Path

And it looks like we leave autumn as we entered spring – with purple flowers. Chicory seems to be around all summer right into the late autumn months,

Chicory

Chicory

What’s new is the purple bell-shaped flower that is growing through the chain-link fences along the catwalk leading to the schoolyard. I’m not sure of its proper name but I love how vibrant the colour is. 

Purple Bells

Purple Bells

As autumn starts to lead us towards winter I’ll be left without these vibrant colours. Luckily I still have some time before they disappear this year.

I Finally Found It!

You’re probably wondering what I found, aren’t you? Or maybe you remember that all spring I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck these were?

Funky Seed Pod

Funky Seed Pod

Well, today I have finally figured it out. This flower, right here, is the culprit.

Common Hounds Tongue

Common Hounds Tongue

I have posted this flower recently but I didn’t look more closely at it at the time. But today, I found this:

The Nutlets

The Nutlets

Yes! I have finally figured out that these little nodules/seed pods are called nutlets and that they belong to the Common Hounds Tongue flower. It took months of searching to figure out what these puppies were but I found it!

I’m so excited! The mystery is solved. I can now move on…or maybe I’ll just take more photo cause they are pretty cool looking.

Buttercups and Rockets

As I walked through the catwalk from my street to the creek path I was surprised by a little bird that decided to do some acrobatics in the tree beside me.

Just Hanging Around

Just Hanging Around

I have been unable to figure out what type of bird this is. I thought it might be a sparrow but its yellow beak is throwing me off. I couldn’t see the colouring on it’s back so I can only go by it’s beak and head stripes. I still think its a sparrow of some sort but in scouring my books I have had no luck in figuring it out. If you know, please tell me.

 After this pleasant surprise, I stuck to my regular shots of flowers.

Dames Rocket

Dames Rocket

This first bunch is of the pretty little Dames Rocket. They grow everywhere and they grow fairly tall.

Then I found this little buttercup.

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup

A nice haul for today’s neighbourhood walk. Some new flowers and a spunky little bird. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Peter Cottontail

We are officially halfway through May today. Where has the time gone? It’s been 2 months since we’ve gone into some form of lockdown. Mother Nature, however, continues along her regular timeline, pandemic or not. On my creek path the apple blossoms are starting to fade. There are still quite a lot of them but they’re time is almost done. 

Dying Apple Blossom

Dying Apple Blossom

However, as one flower moves on a new one comes in. I found what I think is Ground Ivy. I hope that’s what they’re called. My plant app assures me that I’m correct,  Whatever they are tiny and cute and purple.

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

I seem to be seeing more wildlife now. Today I’ve come across another rabbit. This one is a little smaller than the previous one but just as curious about what I’m doing. At least curious enough to not hop off too far as I take his/her photo.

Peter Cottontail

Peter Cottontail

I always love when I spot something other than the regular flowers that I tend to come across on my neighbourhood walks. I forget sometimes that there is wildlife all around us. When I come across an animal It’s a very good reminder to me that we share our space with other creatures and that we must respect them.

I Heard a Knocking

More and more trees are blooming and the creek paths are filled with flowers has spring continues along towards summer.

Creek Path

Down the creek path I happened across these purple catkins hanging off random branches. They seem to have blown off another tree to land all over the ground and some have gotten caught up on some branches. As I look around me I don’t see any tree that might have these catkins attached to it. I know I’ve seen catkins like this before but unfortunately I didn’t really pay attention to the tree it belonged to and so a mystery is born and may not be solved until next year. Unless by chance you know what tree?

Purple Catkin

Purple Catkin

As I walked along the path on the other side of the street towards the schoolyard I heard a knocking. It sounded like a woodpecker was nearby but I couldn’t see where it was. It didn’t take long to locate the noisy little bird. The Downey Woodpecker was on an old stump way up at the top so of course, my macro lens wasn’t going to cut it. I took the photo anyway.

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

This photo was cropped way in so you could see him. It was a great end to my walk today but I did wish I had brought a long lens to capture this fun moment. Maybe I’ll see him again and who knows, I might have the right lens with me to capture him way up in the trees.