Hello, gorgeous.

closeup of tree frog's face

My, what lovely eyes you have.

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That would explain the screeching

young raven

Young ravens leave the nest before they can fly properly, so they walk around with their parents constantly yelling at/about them. This one’s parents were making quite a racket; when I spotted the baby and moved closer one of them started aggressively tearing apart a dead branch. I’m not sure what it expected the rain of debris to do, given that I wasn’t under that tree.

Bombus vosnesenskii

I had an encounter with some little friends the other day while photographing the crocuses. This one is a yellow-faced bumble bee, and was busy, busy, busy. She was mostly moving too fast for my macro, which has a very short depth of field. But I got a couple of decent pictures.

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Doesn’t she look pettable?

Closeup of Black-tailed/orange-rumped bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus)

And here’s a hint of what’s to come when I finish getting the photos together: Bombus melanopygus was a lot slower, and I took a LOT of pictures of her.

The crocus spring

closeup of purple crocus buds with raindrops on them

I started taking pictures of crocuses a few days ago, but haven’t posted any yet, because I’ve been pretty sluggish due to a bad cold/flu. But I’ve decided that I have more energy now, and also that I’m going to post them in sequential groupings until I get caught up to “real time,” so their development is clear. These are the first photos I took, on March 1st. It was a dark and rainy day, so I didn’t get a lot where my hand was steady enough with the macro lens at the necessary shutter speed for my satisfaction. But I kind of like these.

 

little friend

Just a little buddy I found in the garden when I was pulling periwinkle. I think it was under a rock I moved. I took some pictures and then set it back to run off back to shelter.

It’s a long-toed salamander. They’re generally pretty reclusive, but this is the second time I’ve encountered one in our yard.

 

hi/bye

We went to roll up the “door” of the shelter we use for odds and ends in our yard, and dislodged a wee treefrog that was under the overlap at the top of the door. It was quite happy to sit on my hand for a while, and actually had to be gently persuaded to get off. I put it back under the overlap, as seems to be a favourite place for the little guys.

back end of frog climbing under cover
Bye!

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