Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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The way it hangs from the branches always reminds me of how my mom would hang tinsel on our Christmas tree. Though she appreciated a beautifully decorated tree, she had little patience for fussing with details. My dad would usually take over and hang each strand individually.
I just love the way nature decorates the somewhat plain spruce tree.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
L is for Ladyslippers
Pink Ladyslippers on the other hand are much smaller. They are a deeper pink and are more likely to be found in forested areas with little undergrowth. You have to look for them as they often stand alone. The word Orchid comes from the Greek word for testicles......
And we also have Yellow Ladyslippers. They are much smaller than the Showy Ladyslippers but also grow in open areas and in clusters. Some of them have red markings on their leaves.
I am so looking forward to seeing these orchids in bloom again.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
We have a few new ducks on our pond. It took me a while to figure out what they were as they tend to keep to themselves so it was hard to get a close look. After several attempts I did manage to get close enough to get a decent zoom shot. These are Common Goldeneye ducks. I've managed to confirm this with a couple of people and my Peterson Field Guide book. They are great fun to watch as they are super divers and dissappear for quite some time.
This is a female Mallard. there are lots of them around the pond this year and they stayed all winter. This picture was actually taken on the marsh below the pond. Its behind the Glynmill Inn and below Park Street. Its a small area on the Corner Brook Stream trail and is protected by Ducks Unlimited. I liked this picture because of the Cat Tails in the ice.