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
Well, today I have finally figured it out. This flower, right here, is the culprit.
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:
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.
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
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.
This first bunch is of the pretty little Dames Rocket. They grow everywhere and they grow fairly tall.
Then I found this little buttercup.
A nice haul for today’s neighbourhood walk. Some new flowers and a spunky little bird. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
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
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.
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.
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.
More and more trees are blooming and the creek paths are filled with flowers has spring continues along towards summer.
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?
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.
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.
I had an idea. I was sitting in my home office the other day thinking about how I need to do something to get me a little more motivated about taking photos on my walks. I pretty much walk the same paths over and over again and I can safely say that I’m getting bored. But then I started thinking about how much more interesting macro is when it rains. Since it wasn’t raining out I dug out a little spray bottle that I could tuck away into my pocket and filled it with water.
My first test subject was a red tulip. And I loved it! So off I went spraying and photographing everything I could find. Of course, not all the photos worked out but it was a lot of fun to try something different.
I had way too much fun spraying water on my subjects so when I got home I decided to take a break from dousing my subjects in water. Instead I got this shot of this Alpine rockcress in my backyard without any water on them.
Have you noticed that I’ve been finding different colours other than purple? I think Mother Nature is ready to expand her colour scheme.