Hint of pink inside,
Buds holding tight and slowly
Unfolding the show.
Exploring in my garden again today and was caught up in the buds’ progress of this peony plant.
And to think the flowers will eventually be quadruple the size of the buds…..and I wonder how do the buds manage to keep all of that floral splendour inside?
And all those busy ants!
Rays of green needles,
With squirming pink pollen worms,
And new needle growth.
When I arrived home in the early afternoon today, the sun was shining brightly – perhaps to make up for the last three days of clouds and rain?
I glanced around the yard to see what was different, and my gaze landed upon a large pine tree. Its growth pattern has intrigued me ever since we first transplanted it as a two-foot tall sapling many years ago.
I noticed some colour dotted in and among its needle-filled branches and went up closer to see. And it was generously laden with clutches of these pollen “worms.” And with new light green needle growth visible as well.
It seemed a bit puzzling to me, as in previous years I HAD noticed the new needle growth spurting outwards but never with the pollen in all of its splendour.
Somehow I must have just missed that part?
Last week’s assignment for my photography group was the theme of “Animals.”
It wasn’t until I had picked the final four and had written captions for each one, that I noticed that the majority were birds. Haha! And one solitary chipmunk.
So, here they are:
Animals #1 – A swan looking comfortable and foraging in the grass on the banks of a pond that’s part of the huge expansive property of the Linderhof Palace in Bavaria (formerly one of King Ludwig II’s residences).
Animals #2 – On a hike along the Weitach river in Augsburg-Inningen, among a variety of water birds, my friend, Toni, showed me the nest of this Eurasian Coot family that he’s been observing on his daily walks there.
It was fun to see the babies poking their heads from beneath mama coot’s warm feathery embrace; one of the babies ended up following dad’s coaxing call into the water.
Also, I love how the colourful heads of the ducklings contrast and “jump out” compared to the more “formal” colouring of grey, black, and white of the parents.
(Note: I had posted a lengthier story with photos on this coot family; find it here ).
Animals #3 – It seems that I took predominantly bird photos on my recent trip to Germany. Haha! Here’s one of a grey heron that I observed for a good length of time as it hung around the Nagold river by the village of Underreichenbach. At one point it flew up to the top of the train bridge, and that’s where I captured this one.
When it first flew up there, it had twigs in its beak, so I’m assuming it was working on a nest? I particularly like this pose.
Animals #4 – And here’s the chipmunk! Recognize it from this recent post ?
This photo was taken up at a cottage near White Lake. There’s a resident chipmunk who decided that the scent of my fresh untouched apple – MY lunch snack – was too irresistible and fair game for sharing. I had put my purse on the front porch with a slight opening…..not really thinking more about it. And along came Chippy! Poked its upper body into the purse opening….scratched up some fresh apple, sat up on its haunches, munched with gusto, and always kept a keen, curious eye directed at me. Did this several times. Haha!
Dark green leafy folds
Reveal tiny white flowers;
Scent the air sweetly.
Three days ago, when I was returning home in the early evening, the sky was overcast still. It had rained.
As I walked along the path to the front door, the sweet scent of the Lilies of the Valley welcomed me. And the tiny white bell flowers seemed to “jump out” more with the dark green foliage around them.
I took some time to stop and soak in their beauty.
Two figures sitting,
Always in conversation;
Not a word spoken.
Early this evening I drove to the library to return some items that had come due.
This time I arrived when it was closed and no one was around.
So, after dropping my two items into the RETURN slot, I could take a little extra time to have a closer look at this particular sculpture located to the right of the entrance door.
It was put there a few years ago.
I have walked past these two people numerous times when picking up or dropping off borrowed items….sitting on that bench….in all kinds of weather, too. Sunshine, rain, and snow.
And those two figures never look deterred from their conversation on that bench.
It’s an ongoing discussion.
About what, I wonder?
NOTE: I fiddled with the camera a bit on features to enhance lighting; here’s another view with their faces lit up more so their expressions are clearer.
Now they appear a bit more life-like than statue.
My husband – a leader – is taking part at a Scouting camp this weekend in a beautiful park called Wesley Clover Park in Nepean, Ontario.
He needed my help today, as he had left something important back at home. Texted me in the afternoon.
It’s only about a half hour drive away, so I decided to combine the delivery to the camp with a couple of other stops as well.
When we met up near the front entrance to the park, he showed me this unusual picnic table. Not only quite large, compared to usual picnic tables, but this one is made of big log pieces, made nice ‘n smooth and comfortable for sitting. Plus, at both ends are charming animal carvings for that added artistic touch.
Here, a well-textured bear…
And at the other end, a busy woodpecker!
A view of the woodpecker’s back….
And finally, a full view of the whole picnic table, complete with roof…..
A cascade of pink!
Delicacy in design,
Sweetness in the air.
The honeysuckle in the front yard looks to be bursting at the seams with colour!
Such a dramatic change within the past two days….from leaves and buds to….this!
And when walking along the path, one’s nose is treated to a light tantalizing sweet sensation.
Every year I grow to love this spring wonder more and more.
Here is a fuller view of the shrub.