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39 minutes ago, Bodhiseed said:

@gregory, that yellow gorse is such an incredible sight against the background of greens and browns. I didn't know leeks could look so lovely growing in bunches. 😄

 

Here are some flowers blooming now in my area: 

The 'seven sisters' is a type of old-fashioned climbing rose that is named for the way groups of small flowers bloom together. It can make quite a thorny thicket, so the birds love to nest in it. Lantana (this one known as 'ham and eggs' lantana) loves the intense heat and sun, so it does well here.

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That bottom picture - the ham and eggs (!!) flower - so unusual and stunning !

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8 minutes ago, stephanelli said:

It's a red legged partridge!  One of my favourites to see!

Ah, I thought the beak was all wrong for a hawk, but my mind was drawing a blank! We don't have partridge here. :(
Thanks!

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Oh @Bodhiseed that magnolia is glorious! I've got a big magnolia tree in the back yard but it's very different. I wonder if I have a picture of it somewhere?

 

My husband and I just got back from taking the dogs out to the river. It's a bit cold but they still decide to jump in. We even saw a sealion catching fish while we were there! (check out the last pic) First time ever! 😁 it has me wondering if they're using part of that river as a pup nursery. There used to be a little waterfall down the coast a little that they'd use. But since the Kaikoura earthquake they haven't been able to access it. 

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@TheFeeLion, that water is so clear (our river stays muddy). Nice catch spotting the sea lion and getting a photo of it! 

The mimosa trees are also in bloom now. They are not a native here, but the way they've taken to our climate, they might as well be. Though they can be invasive, it's hard not to like their feather leaves and flowers (which have a sharp gardenia-like scent). And while plenty of folks drink mimosas, the cocktail is actually named for the Acacia dealbata. 😄  

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We had another hike in the woods today!

 

We found a big pile of elk poop (not depicted 😁) and that made the kids very excited. No sightings of actual elks though!

 

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Doesn’t it look like a troll family might live behind these rocks? 😊

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On 5/26/2020 at 10:45 AM, Raggydoll said:

We had another hike in the woods today!

 

We found a big pile of elk poop (not depicted 😁) and that made the kids very excited. No sightings of actual elks though!

 

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Doesn’t it look like a troll family might live behind these rocks? 😊

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What a beautiful wood, @Raggydoll!

 

I just saw my first ever luna moth 💚🌕🥰 which made me so happy!!!

 

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@Raggydoll, I'm convinced you live in an enchanted forest. 😄

@RavenOfSummer, what a beautiful moth!😍 I've never seen a live luna, though I have found their silk cocoons on the ground beneath river birch trees.

 

The mophead hydrangeas under the sycamore  tree are loving all the rain we've been getting. And the woodland sunflowers are about 3 ft. tall and blooming like mad.

 

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30 minutes ago, Bodhiseed said:

@Raggydoll, I'm convinced you live in an enchanted forest. 😄

@RavenOfSummer, what a beautiful moth!😍 I've never seen a live luna, though I have found their silk cocoons on the ground beneath river birch trees.

 

The mophead hydrangeas under the sycamore  tree are loving all the rain we've been getting. And the woodland sunflowers are about 3 ft. tall and blooming like mad.

 

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Those flowers are stunning!!!

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59 minutes ago, Bodhiseed said:

@Raggydoll, that white stuff is moss?! That is so unusual!

It’s not very unusual over here 😁

 

Here are some pictures from today’s walk. I found some lovely rocks to add to my collection. I love forest rocks! 

 

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One of the wildlife charities in the UK is running a campaign called 30 Days Wild that encourages you to do "Random Acts of Wildness" to get in contact with nature every day throughout June, and preferably beyond.  I do tend to connect with nature every day, but I'm making an effort to blog about it and post it on my instagram throughout June this year!

I thought you might like to see my photos from today's Random Act of Wildness - I decided to look for insects in my herb garden!

 

Honey Bee on Thyme

Honey Bee

 

Bumblebee on Purple Sage

White Tailed Bumblebee

 

Ladybird on Lemon Balm

Ladybird

 

Mint Moth hiding under Majoram

Hiding

 

Mint Moth on Peppermint

Mint Moth

 

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6 minutes ago, stephanelli said:

One of the wildlife charities in the UK is running a campaign called 30 Days Wild that encourages you to do "Random Acts of Wildness" to get in contact with nature every day throughout June, and preferably beyond.  I do tend to connect with nature every day, but I'm making an effort to blog about it and post it on my instagram throughout June this year!

I thought you might like to see my photos from today's Random Act of Wildness - I decided to look for insects in my herb garden!

 

Honey Bee on Thyme

Honey Bee

 

Bumblebee on Purple Sage

White Tailed Bumblebee

 

Ladybird on Lemon Balm

Ladybird

 

Mint Moth hiding under Majoram

Hiding

 

Mint Moth on Peppermint

Mint Moth

 

Those pictures are amazing!!! I will show my kids, they will love it! 

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Chalk Fronted Corporals

What is THAT?? you ask?

Chalk Fronted Corporals are a kind of Dragonfly – the Blackfly eating ones and therefore this time of year they are very important to our daily work and our overall sanity.

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So Yesterday we had quite a scarrrry morning:

See, we had frost over night -3 Centigrade. Blackflies are quite hardy, sadly; Chalk Fronted Corporals however not so much. After the heat wave the week before, hey had just come out of the water, where they live during their larva stage. So -3C could have whipped them all out, which would mean, that for next year and the years to come, we would not have any- or just a few. So we would be totally overrun by Blackflies and going outside would be even more of an ordeal.

But We were lucky: Although the air was cooold and frosty, the ground and the reeds in the water were warm – steaming actually and so most of the Chalk Fronted Corporals survived. I was DELIGHTED, when, around noon time in the sun, the first few arrived and quickly did away with a few thousand Blackflies that were sirring around my Mosquito net tent 🙂

 

So I can rest assured, that in about 2 weeks, there will not be a Blackfly left.

These pesky beasts however are important:

They fertilize the delicate tiny Blueberry Flowers, so we will have a good crop of Blueberries.

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That in turn in most important for our Moose and our Black Bears, who fatten up on them in order to survive hibernation. In years, when we get a frost in early May, that destroys the Blueberry bloom, We will have hungry Bears prowl the outskirts of towns and some , many yearlings, may not survive hibernation. Baby Bears born in years after a Blueberry loss are smaller and weaker. Wolf packs however will be larger, because there are more weak Moose and Bear cubs to bring down......

this year so far looks good for Bears, Wolves and puny little bush dwelling humans: Our Blueberries are all fertilized, the Chalk Fronted Corporals can now come down upon the Blackflies and end their important but painful reign. Their biting power will however soon be replaced by thousands of nasty Deer Flies and pesky huuuuge Horse flies, who have no other ecological benefit other than keep man and beast running through the bush at high speed to escape them.

 

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@Mi-Shell those blueberry flowers look precious, I have never seen the shrubs  in bloom. It is my favorite berry😊 . Just made a cherry and blueberry crumble earlier this week.

 

Also got a new phone and can take close-ups again.
 

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A wild, native orchid:

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Our bouncy friends were out and about this morning. Unless they come to me, I don't like to get too close so this photo was from tacken from a small distance.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Bodhiseed said:

@stephanelli, those insect photos are terrific! You got such great close-up shots - which I appreciate as a 'bug-lover' :D.

@Mi-Shell, it's hard not to appreciate to some degree an insect that pollinates blueberries - yum. 

@Amberjune, those native orchids 😍!

@Grace, I love the silhouettes of the kangaroos!

Thanks ☺️

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