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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April 2017 – ice out

Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.

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March 2017 – Going Green

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Looking forward to the greens of spring.

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Magnifying bubble

Just wanted to share one more (for now) lupin and water photo.

captured water droplet in foliage

May 2016

The ice left our lake April 24th which is just a bit early in the range of normal.

It was unspectacular.

Some years, we are treated to delicate ice crystals dancing up on our shore line, some years winds push chunks of ice up as if there was a bulldozer on the other side of the lake. No matter how long it takes or how it looks and sounds in the process, the end result – beautiful blue – is one of my favourite views.

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Wet Willows

Damp dreary days don’t normally draw me out with my camera but after such a long, cold and snowy winter, I was eager to get out in spite of the soggy conditions. Driving some back roads in a light drizzle I noticed what I thought was pussy willows on the branches in the ditches.

water droplets and bokeh

The light rain was clinging to the branches creating the effect of soft, white pussy willows.

There were also willows starting to bud with furry catkins present.

pussy willows and water droplets

I was entranced the juxtaposition of the buds above and droplets below. Then noticed tiny droplets that appear as bulging eyes on the the buds at the end of the branch! I was wishing I had brought my tripod to more effectively zoom in for a clear shot.

A few other branches held some different bud and droplet configurations.

wet pussy willows

A wet day well spent.

May moon

full may moon
This shot was taken a couple of ‘moons’ ago. The leaves were not yet on the trees.