On a recent walk down our driveway, a bit of white on the dark ground of grass and dead leaves caught my eye. At first I thought it might be a feather but under closer examination I found it was a 4 inch/10 cm seed pod that had split open revealing the seeds still neatly packed. The slightest breeze would lift them up, up and away! I was mesmerized by the beauty of the intricate layers unfolding.
Note the gentle curves on the left end (dark drown exterior/white interior of seed pod) and the light brown spiral on the right that would have been a long edge of the pod.
Beauty in the details.
In the past week or so, we’ve been entertained by a male grouse perched on an out building in our backyard. (We recently acquired additional property across the street and apparently, he came with it). He continually performs a love song which he drums on his breast. We can faintly hear this all day long inside the acreage home!
I had only been able to catch him from behind – until this morning!
Having captured images of practically every position of his wings from behind during previous days of drumming, I was thrilled to get the show face on. Here are a few corresponding front and back shots from my image collection.
All that made for an exciting morning but there’s more! You’ll have to wait for the rest of the show….
I love wild irises for the crisp, pointy deep purple roll that unfurls to display bold, intricate veins of purple. Almost transparent, delicate edges uncurl then curl again.
Enjoy the bold purples and fresh greens of this month’s calendar image.You can find a cell phone lock screen and alternate screen resolutions here.
April and May respectively. I can’t wait!
For the ‘big screen’ version of the calendar go here.
For the ‘tiny’ screen see below.
It certainly seemed like March weather in April would push our April weather into May. Although conditions are still damper and colder than May typically starts out, the ice has darkened and some sprouts of green are appearing. For us it will be a bit yet before blossoms pop but we can enjoy them on our desktop in the meantime.