April showers bring May flowers – and while it hasn’t been a wet spring we’ve had our share of dewey mornings, stormy skies, and a few rainbows. On schedule, all kinds of colours are popping out in garden, meadow, forest and marsh.
Some of the colours, to be sure, are left over from previous years, as with this bit of fern in the ivy.
Even on a sandy slope Stonecrop Sedum always manages to look lush in springtime, and a blade of grass provides a nice accent.
Euphorbia in their many guises are also scattered among the sedums.
A late-afternoon shower, followed by a ray of sunshine, calls attention to a blooming Bleeding Heart.
McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve gives many species a place to thrive in its lowland forests, savannas, swamps and shorelines.
Among the many trees and shrubs in bloom right now are several varieties of what I think are flowering currants:
Frogs wait patiently for insects to wander just in front of their mouths.
The water is so still that the frog’s breathing motion produces a pattern of ripples.
The wet woodlands are beginning to go green.
On a massive fallen tree trunk, fungi have been hard at work for years.
Back at home that evening a chittering chorus accompanies the sunset. The Swallows have discovered the clouds of midges over lakeshore and marsh. While they feed, we watch their flutters and swoops until light fades to darkness.
You may have noticed that the titles of the photos above could also be used as names for new pubs. Feel free! I have not trademarked the names, and I will not send squadrons of lawyers after you if you choose one of these names for a new pub in my neighbourhood. Just saying.