Herons and goose butts

It cleared up early this afternoon, after raining all day yesterday and all night last night, so I went for a walk around Buttonwood Park, which never fails to have wondrous things to see and photograph.

First, there was this cormorant:


Next, this great blue heron:


Another great blue heron – I’m not sure whether he’s actually swimming here or not:


But here he was definitely wading:


Some water lilies and irises:




Baltimore oriole nests that withstood all the rain:


More bees in one place than I have ever seen in my life (sorry for the cruddy picture, they were way high above me – thank goodness):


And some Canada geese with seriously cute babies:



Hilariously, they would be dunking for goodies to eat and roll right over:



The parents got spooked at one point (not by me) and actually flew across the pond, leaving their babies, but came back a minute later (whew!)



Spring Pt 1

Spring has been slow in coming, and while it still sometimes feels more like a crisp fall day than the beginning of May, there’s COLOR in the world again. Everyone’s lawns are a riot of green grass, yellow dandelions and purple grape hyacinth, cherry trees and magnolias are in full bloom and abuzz with bees, and the bright yellow of daffodils is only outdone by the scarlet of tulips.

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Blue sky

So, the sun finally made a re-appearance, and it was such a lift to my sagging spirits to get outdoors and take photos! I went to Buttonwood Park two days in a row, in fact – once before work on Thursday, and then again on Friday, which I took off from work because the weather was so nice.

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In the Garden

Driving around NB the other day, I spotted the most amazing, colorful garden that took up the entire front yard of a house on a side street, as well as the patch of grass between the sidewalk and the street itself. Standing in the midst of this riot of color, watching the bees and butterflies (and hoping the people inside didn’t come out and demand to know what I was doing there), I could have taken pictures all day and not gone anywhere else or left the city at all.

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Why I like dandelions

Vacation is over and I am back to work. I walked around downtown yesterday with my camera to see what had started to flower during my week off. The myrtle is blooming, and there are loads of dandelions, which may be weeds, but the bees and the cabbage whites love them, and when you look closely at them, each individual filament (yes, I had to look the word up) is sweetly curled at the tip…