On a recent walk, my spouse pointed out the remains of a flower. He said it reminded him of a musical symbol. I had the right lens on my camera (he didn’t) so I gave it a try. I thought the title of my post was pretty apt as it describes the subject as well as the idea that you don’t always have the right gear to capture something that appeals to you.
Ants and peonies seem to go together. Ants protect the flowers from nuisance pests and the flowers provide the ants with nectar. A win win.I enjoy these flowers too as well as the sport of catching an ant as it speeds around the peony buds!
This plant is an attractive but invasive species introduced to North America in the late 1800s from Asia. Unlike the native honeysuckles they leaf out early and remain in leaf into the fall. Like many invasive plants, they are hardy and outcompete native plants for space and nutrients. They are pretty though and a common sight each spring.
While out doing some shopping, I saw my first bee of the year. I didn’t have my camera with me but never without an insect shot, here’s a long -legged fly for your viewing pleasure. Taken at the end of last season.
I often photograph this old house. The tree is slow to bud but casts some interesting shadows on the wall. You can see some green shoots on the lawn too. The weather shot up to 29 C/84 F today (last week we were digging out from an ice storm 😏).
With freezing rain pouring down this morning, it was time to revisit a fine spring day last May. I saw a few Canada Geese fly overhead the other day, I hope they can hold on a little longer. Warmer weather coming next week.
We’ve discovered a few new trails close to the river. Walking by one day, I saw this Great Blue Heron in the reeds.I wasn’t far from the bird and didn’t want to cause it to fly off. I shouldn’t have worried though as something else had its entire attention.
This part of the Ottawa River is popular with Cormorants; there are plenty of perches for them to dry off after fishing. An interesting looking bird with its turquoise eyes and bright yellow facial patch.
I liked the repetitive pattern of these plants. I noticed the frothy substance on one of the plants and learned it was produced by the nymphs of spittle bugs. The mature bugs are no friends to gardeners and are often preyed upon by other insects.