Pictures of the garden and forest over the last week – fruit trees, orchids and other wildflowers.
We had a spectacular display this year from our apples, cherry and crab apples.
From further back
These were taken last weekend. We had a huge thunderstorm on Tuesday so all the flowers are gone now, though the thorn tree and the mountain ash have taken over. There was a tornado touched down about 50 miles north so you can imagine it was very windy even here. And from hot tornado weather we had a sudden drop to near frost two days later and the cold is still with us.
We have pussy toes in our lawn. They’re not much to look at:
But if you look closely, the individual flowers are quite intricate:
The hellebores are blooming in the garden:
and the wild ladyslippers are just on the verge of opening:
We usually have lots of columbines, but I could only find one today – perhaps this was an early one.
In the high-resolution original, the fine hairs that you can just make out in this are showing a nice rainbow effect.
The baneberries also came out this week:
Slightly off the wildflower topic, this downy woodpecker is turning orange:
Later in the spring – bluebirds, woodpeckers, ruffed grouse and swallowtail butterflies – nature is getting rambunctious.
After working dawn til dusk for a while and not being home the week before that, I had some catching up to do. We have several pairs of bluebirds nesting in our boxes. Here is one on top of the pole which holds his box:
And here is a back view – through a window with the light hitting obliquely, which fogged the picture a little.
Here is a female ruby-throated hummingbird perched on top of our blue spruce – about 7m high, so she gets a good view.
He has a lot of work to do before this pole is finished.
We are also fortunate enough to have grouse nesting in the hardwood forest on the south side of the house. I took this picture of the eggs but haven’t been back as she flew off the nest when I got close and I don’t want to frighten her away. It must be very difficult to stay safe with all the predators there are around.
There are lots of butterflies around, too. Here is a Swallowtail, showing the top side of its wings:
And here is the underside of the wing:
Finally, a couple of wildflowers. First another picture of the ladyslippers I showed in my last post:
and the wild scarlet columbines are out again, but not so many this year. They’re still recovering from the power company clearing the lines as that is where most of them grow where it is open, dry and sunny.