I took a bunch of macro pictures of flowers today that were deliberately not quite in focus (as apposed to the ones that should be and aren’t) and quite liked the results. Here’s one of them; I think I’ll do more.
Where did the time go? Well, some of it went to walking in the woods.
Some last pictures of the snow before it melts.
We’ve had rather a lot of it, haven’t we? Today it’s raining and the snow is super-saturated and heavy (this is the Voice of Experience speaking, as I went out and shovelled) and it’s altogether miserable and nasty. And yes, I know that it will melt, but it WILL MELT A LOT FASTER if one shovels. Continue reading “Weather”
It’s been more cold than not for a month or so now, and that means ice on puddles. And I love taking pictures of ice. So here’s a start, from recent excursions.
The ice is pretty thick; this chunk, tossed up previously from a puddle, is a couple of inches thick. (And today I caught Our Dog walking across the ice on the slough—argh.)
You find interesting things in the woods sometimes; this bucket was left by someone working on an unofficial trail. As far as I could see the ice in it was solid all the way down.
And it’s so varied, especially when we start getting a bit of hoarfrost.
…on the pond. It hasn’t quite frozen solid, so the open spots and edges have some interesting photographic potential.
Well, it’s a cold day, that’s for sure.
Ice pellets everywhere! Evidently they didn’t turn into freezing rain last night—and a sheet of ice—as they did where we live.
Quite lovely on the branches: pellets and frozen drops.
Quite lovely everywhere, actually.
Nice crunchy trails in places.
And the first puddle ice I’ve seen!
Really, one couldn’t ask for a prettier day for a walk.
From today’s walk.
Have some mushrooms.
After all those depressing links, how about a pretty picture?
After all those depressing links, let’s look at a frog. This little guy hangs out near bushes not too far from our back door.
When I was taking down the tarp from the deck party yesterday I found this little spider; she’s a lovely white colour just tinged with the faintest green. She’s a goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia).
They’re hunters who lurk in flowers and then grab their prey with the two oversized front legs. And they can change colour, at least between white and yellow, how cool is that? What she was doing on the tarp I can’t imagine, unless she just liked the whiteness of it.
One of the babies has climbed out of the nest entirely.
The older chick has gone; this is the only one left in the nest, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be here much longer. Handsome little thing, isn’t it?
The nest was empty when I checked it this morning.
I don’t think it had ever quite sunk in for me just how fast robin chicks grow. Just as a reminder, this was the first photo I took, 12 days ago:
I’m not even sure there were two of them at that point. There might have been; but in any case, this one couldn’t have been more than two days old, if it was that.
All I can say is… wow.
This is a ground-growing lichen I spotted while we were out having a picnic today. I’m not someone who knows much about lichens, so I can’t tell you which exact one this is, but the rooty-looking things are rhizines, used to anchor the lichen (I assume it had been disturbed from its usual position). I think that the bulbous tan-coloured things at the tips of the lobes are apothecia, fruiting bodies. Beautiful, aren’t they?
Will you look at how fast those feathers are growing.
We found the most amazing poppies walking today.
The bug is not a bee or wasp, but a hoverfly (family Syrphidae); beyond that identification I won’t venture. They feed on nectar and pollen. And you can see the wee bits of pollen dust all over the petal behind it.
And their eyes are opening!
It is astonishing to me how much they’ve grown since I took the first picture last Friday. You can see the difference even a day makes in the fledging between them, too, and how HUGE they are compared to last Saturday. No wonder adult robins look run-down.