Never in a rush;
Familiar brown and black –
A regular visitor in the Fall to our garden – the Woolly Caterpillar!
I noticed these two over a week ago.
Fascinating for me always are their colours and the bristly, yet soft texture of their “woollyness.”
The next day I spied another woolly caterpillar, but this one was ambling along on our driveway, and since I was headed for town, I didn’t want to endanger this little one.
I gently picked it up to move it to a safer spot. It immediately went into protective mode….all curled up into a woolly ball. 🙂
Yes, there are perks in having to wake up really early on a Saturday morning!
While the rest of the world slumbers for a few more hours, I find myself driving along quiet country back roads to go to my summer part-time work up at White Lake.
I always love this stretch of road…so dense with towering trees…and I am the momentary intruder. In a few spots the tree tops seem to actually reach across and create an arch effect. So pretty!
The potential bonus is that at that early hour – with almost no other vehicles around – there is a good probability of glimpsing wildlife. Whether it’s a red fox that quickly dives into the underbrush. Or a scurrying chipmunk. Sometimes a swooping crow. Each drive is never the same, as it’s a whole new ensemble of wildlife appearances – and THAT’s the fun part! I often wonder…so who will surprise me this time?
Last Saturday I did actually get to see a red fox, but oh boy, it slipped away SO fast. However, luck was still on my side, when I came onto a stretch of road and saw three young deer crossing from my right side over to the left side.
Two of them stayed on the road – one already disappearing among the trees ahead of this one…
And there was a third deer – much closer to the main part of the road – that was quite intent on chowing down on some greenery and had no intention of taking off, even when I stopped and sat there watching for a few minutes.
It climbed up the wee hill and stretched its neck to get some choice leafy morsels.
I just waited until it looked in my direction.
Whispering good-bye and thank-you to the curious deer, I took some photos from the other angle as well…this last one (below) feels to me almost like a painting.
I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day! 🙂
Still as a statue,
Calm, quiet, immoveable;
How a gecko rests.
At a friend’s house I always like to go have a peek at his pet gecko in its little “desert” home.
Most of the time, it hides behind the plastic leaves and other objects, and I may catch a glimpse of its tail or elbow.
Last week it showed much more of itself!
Its head and front legs….and it seemed to react to my camera nearby, as it moved out just a little bit further and tilted its head to look more in my direction, and I could watch its throat swallowing, much like a frog’s throat does. And the eyes are such tiny slits and don’t seem to blink. SO cool!
Another photo that I took….(tilted for a different angle)
Two deer foraging keenly;
Such gentle creatures.
When I was at a friend’s house last Monday, at one point in the early afternoon, I happened to glance out the window and was treated to the sight of these two lovely, young deer, as they looked about and helped themselves to fresh greens to nibble on.
The presence of my friend’s cat on the outside porch – glancing with curiosity in their direction – didn’t seem to faze them much, other than they took note that the cat was there.
The deer grazed.
The cat lazed.
Carpet of old leaves,
Remainder of melted snow –
The snowdrop bursts forth!
The first shoot of green I noticed in the garden two days ago after my walk.
A tender green in a sea of brown.
One single, solitary snowdrop.
Others will pop up soon, but this is the one that stretched its way through the ground to catch those warm sun rays….and show itself….first.
Surrounded by brown and dried up leaves, that little bit of green – and white! – pops out…..and well….gives me something more to smile about!
A buzz and a flit,
Then quietly, lightly perched –
Fly, four-winged dragon!
I spotted this reddish dragonfly whilst roaming in the front garden last summer. First she flitted here and there, and I thought….”Too fast for a picture! I wish she’d land somewhere and give me a chance.”
And, d’you know? She listened!
Next thing I knew she had landed on this well-situated plant and stood there patiently, as if to say, “Well, what are you waiting for? I’m ready!”
She was in no hurry. I snapped several photos of her, admiring the detail in her fine, lacy wings, her colours, and what a unique looking insect overall.
I love seeing dragonflies. I’ve had one land on my leg while canoeing on a river; I’ve had another one land on my shoulder as I was in the garden. I enjoy watching their flight….how light and graceful they move.
Before posting this photo though, just to make sure my information was correct, I double-checked online to see what the differences are between dragonflies and damselflies. I came across a helpful blog post here, which confirmed it.
One long white petal
Unfurling into curling
The spadix revealed.
In a beautifully laid out backyard garden on the South Island of New Zealand last November, I went exploring with my camera and found ever so many wondrous colours and forms in plants, leaves, and flowers.
This particular calla lily plant had budding flowers in varying stages of development, as well as some dried up ones among its blooms. They were all so fascinating!
The empty birdhouse.
No nest inside.
The silent tree.
No cheery chirping.
The wintry cold.
No bird seeking shelter?
The black hole at the front.
No curious head popping out.
It waits and waits….looking so lonely.
This week’s photography assignment – one which I picked! – focuses on objects, animals, and places that begin with the letter P.
The following are my four submissions:
Letter P #1 – (Archived, Nov. 2017) Starting off with these massive rock formations known as the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Interesting effect created by the thin seams of mudstone between the layers of limestone…..along with erosion.
Letter P #2 – Petals and Pistil – (Archived; August 2016). A huge, deep red mallow flower in my parents’ garden. My Dad’s joy is gardening, so when I go visiting, especially when the garden is aburst with colours, I go photo crazy! ^_^
Letter P #3 – (Archived; Nov. 2017) Painted Bench in the town of Paihia, North Island, New Zealand. On a walkabout the town….taking in craft shows and the harbour…..and the stores. Cool things to see!
Letter P #4 – (Archived; Nov 2017) – A flower on a Pohutukawa tree – also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.
When this tree is covered – and I mean, COVERED – in these lush red flowers, and with the green leaves, it looks SO Christmassy!
So pretty! Such a burst of red colour!!
Warm spells in winter
Cause icy snow to retreat;
Last week, for about a day and a half, the temperatures in our area moved up high enough that a good deal of the layers of snow and ice melted down. As I was walking along the pathway toward the front door of our house on that warm afternoon, I noticed this still greenish oak leaf lightly embraced by retreating snow – but not withered and dry. Still somewhat soft and pliable due to the preserving affect of the ice and snowy layers during the cold period.