Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Nature Notes: End of April and Mary beginning

I wouldn't have spotted my garden's first dragonfly if it hadn't spotted me and moved to another spot.
It is almost perfectly camouflaged in the leaves.
The mulberries are ripening and the mulberry trees are full of birds, although you can't see any birds in the shot below because they were in a lower part of the tree well hidden by leaves.
The house finch was enjoying a bath.
I love the way hostas hold on to rain drops.
In the next shot the male cardinal is singing.
We've had a pleasant, fairly cool April but the first day of May has brought summer heat with it.
On the left side of the next shot the queen anne's lace is budding up. The purple flowers are on the money plant and some  lenten rose  (hellebore) is in the mix too.
Next is a sparrow bathing.
Following are some more of my hostas and the low creeping plant is wild strawberry.
One more shot of my hostas and in this one on the left side some butterfly weed is growing tall.
My abundance of honeysuckle is flowering like crazy.
I spotted a catbird in my mulberry tree below.
I think the American Robin was getting ready to dive in.
You can see the early bud on the butterfly weed below.
The bluejay decided to have a bath and a drink.
I love the way birds tilt their heads.
I wonder what the next bird was saying. Too bad I don't speak bird.
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Libby said...

Wow! So much here where do I begin to comment!! Ok, first I love the tilt of the blue jay's head too. I like how the water beads on the hostas. Maybe the leaves are a little waxy. I always love all the bird bath photos. Now I want a bird bath. :)

DeniseinVA said...

Outstanding post Carver, all these photos are real smile bringers.

jane said...

Love your shots - your flowers are well forward to mine - what is the bird in the bottom pic he or she looks quite a character - Jane UK

jane said...

Love your shots - your flowers are well forward to mine - what is the bird in the bottom pic he or she looks quite a character - Jane UK

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful nature scenes, Carver! The birds and the dragonfly are pretty. I always enjoy the birds bathing shots. Have a great day!

Cezar and Léia said...

Awesome pictures, the nature is magnificent there, I'm really impressed by the dragonfly pictures!

Anonymous said...

I agree - there is definately something special in how a bird tilts its head. You caught something special about the subject in each of your photos

EG CameraGirl said...

So much beauty right now! My mulberry tree doesn't have leaves yet and yours has berries already!

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. To answer the question, I'm not sure about the i.d. on the last bird.

CameraCruise said...

Great post and beautiful shots.
I especially like the Bluejay.
Thanks for sharing.

Nature Rambles said...

As always it's a delight to see your birds! The dragonfly is wonderfully the pattern on its wings! Great sequence of shots!

Leora said...

Your blue jay shot is especially gorgeous. What a delight of birds and flora you've got going on.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

what a wonderful post. Are you keeping silkworms? The chinese use the mulberry as a medicinal herb.

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. I'm not intentionally keeping silkworms but was interested after reading Ann's comment and googling to find their is a connection between mulberries and silkworms.

Sallie ( said...

Beautiful signs of spring, with all your talent in showing the beauty in little things -- your yard is a heaven.

Joyful said...
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Joyful said...

What lovely captures of birds that come to your yard. You have such a nice variety of them.