Happy Summer!

Ah, summer – season of abundant and changing colours! The wildflowers along roadways take their turns throughout the months of May through August.

In June, the lupins stand tall in the ditches in our town but this year along one particular street, they were joined by columbine! Turns out a friend of mine who lives across the street there has been tossing wildflower seeds there. We can’t wait to see what will bloom next.

May 2017: Blossoms

Our recent precipitation has been snow flurries and freezing rain but we hold to the promise that even these April showers will bring May flowers.

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July 2015

Fireworks are part of of every Canada Day (July 1) celebration. I love that some flowers look like fireworks when in full bloom. Here are some to enjoy this month.

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These wildflowers are blue-bead lilies named for the blue fruit that remains on the stem after the blossoms have died off. They are not poisonous but also not very tasty.

My apologies to those of you who were looking for the calendar before it was up. I’ve been delightfully distracted by the first time gathering of all 6 of our grandkids. 🙂

happy growing family

Signs of Spring

Got a hot photo tip from a good friend of mine (thanks, Mel!) that at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park the marsh marigolds were out and the bugs were not! So I grabbed my gear and rubber boots to check it out.

field of marsh marigolds

marsh marigolds

I was surprised to see how abundantly they grew in this swampy area just adjacent to the picnic pavilion. The sun was setting and I tried unsuccessfully to catch some of the yellow blooms in the glow of evening sun. The colours were actually captured more truly in the shaded areas. I played around a little with the polarizing filter which helped to reduce some of the glare of the wet forest floor and gloss of the leaves.

Comparison

The iPhone does a decent job of capturing them too (with a little filter touch from Instagram)marsh marigold field

Although I didn’t notice a particular fragrance to the area (apart from damp dirt) there were some distinctive sounds. While I stood to shoot, I could hear the drumming of grouse in courtship nearby. When I decided to move, the earth seemed determined to hold me fast. It took significant effort to release my boots from the suction of the muck.

Sights and sounds of spring!

June 2013 calendar

Here’s my June desktop calendar. Feel free to use it, too.

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Break through

Winter has hung on far longer here than we like. But a splash of colour in my garden gives me hope for spring’s return. This sweet snow crocus bravely pushed through the earth but also a leaf of last years growth!

snow crocus

dew droplets

Fireweed is in bloom along the creek. The morning mist adds poke-a-dots to the petals.