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Growing Pains Can Bring Tears-136/365

Last week the rain and warm temperatures brought a spurt of growth and suddenly my favourite plants and flowers are stretching their leaves and opening their blossoms. The new leaves here looked as if they were cocooned in tears as they grow.  I wish everyone a happy few days with balmy weather and the rain if you need it. As it falls on you remember how those drops look on this and know that these are the same drops that fall on you. 

The last few days have been hectic (and the next few will be, too), so I will post as I can.  I will also answer comments as I can as I really appreciate them all! 🙂

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel

#WaterDropWednesday +WaterDropWednesday  by +Patti Colston  +Michael Albrecht +Teresa Linstead and +Valerij Karpinchik

#wetwednesday  +Wet Wednesday by +Jen Baptist

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Feast for a Bee-121/365

The magnolia tree is out in full bloom and the bees are busy gathering the pollen. They barely took any notice of me hovering over the blooms as they foraged between these anemone-like centres of the flowers. Take all you can carry, little bees, these flowers last only a very short time! (I wonder what magnolia honey might taste like?) The perfume is almost overpowering, with such a large tree so full of flowers.

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel

+In Praise of Polllinators  curated by  +Dusty Gedge #inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators
Bug Anatomy  curated by  +Jean-Yves Casalis +Chris Mallory #BugAnatomy +Bug Anatomy
Buggy Friday  curated by  +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +Dorothy Pugh #BuggyFriday +Buggy Friday
BugsEveryday  curated by  +Chris Mallory #BugsEveryday +BugsEveryday

Une Ruche  curated by  +Jean-Pol Clausse +Didier Misson +Jérôme Salort +Jean-Louis LAURENCE #uneruche +Une ruche

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

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Which way did I come in here?-119/365

Shelly got me in a ladybird mood yesterday and I was sitting on the grass (in my bug shirt) watching a Frisbee game going on when this little lady happened by. There seemed to be so much grass. And such a small ladybird. How does she find her way around? Much better to fly, I think.

Do you know what kind it is, +Stephen Thackeray?

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel

Buggy Friday  curated by  +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +Dorothy Pugh #BuggyFriday +Buggy Friday
Buggy Lunch  curated by  +Mandy Allen +Kim Sinclair #buggylunch +Buggy Lunch

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This is a Bumblebee (Patience Pays Off) (115/365)

Today I tried another tactic: I just sat there, in the patch of periwinkle flowers with the camera ready and waited. I hoped that at some point one or more of these little creatures would come within range of my lens. As I was already sitting there, I would already be at the right level and would just need to focus wherever they were. The light kept changing from brilliant sun to shadow as the sun came and went behind the clouds, so I switched from manual to AV and let the camera do the adjustments on the fly (get it? 😉 )

So my patience paid off. I love the way the fur on his little back is so neatly combed. I chose this one for this reason, while another I took showed amazing long hairs on little legs that you can't see at this angle. How shiny his legs are. 

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel
#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton
+In Praise of Polllinators  curated by  +Dusty Gedge #inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators
Bee Thursday  curated by  +Dorothy Pugh #BeeThursday +Bee Thursday
Bug Anatomy  curated by  +Jean-Yves Casalis +Chris Mallory #BugAnatomy +Bug Anatomy
Buggy Friday  curated by  +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +Dorothy Pugh #BuggyFriday +Buggy Friday
Buggy Lunch  curated by  +Mandy Allen +Kim Sinclair #insectpredationscenes +Buggy Lunch

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The Bees Are Back in Town (113/365)

This morning Steven called me outside and we stood under this tree. "Listen", he said. I listened. "I can hear birds." "Not just birds," he said. So I listened again. "And I can hear traffic." Traffic? No, not traffic! It's the hum of hundreds and hundreds of bees in the tree blossoms above us! YES! The Bees are Back in Town! I stood on a step ladder to get close enough to catch this little guy.

And now after a few days of post bombing you all, I'm as up to date as I am going to be so watch for a treat of a different sort from tomorrow. I'm planning to share a story I wrote which will be in full on my blog, with a share of it on here.  (My blog is www.elliekennard.ca and so far it mostly features my G+ postings, but this treat will be a 'blog' 'almost' exclusive.)

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel

#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators by +Dusty Gedge

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Stranded Puffer Fish or Empty Seed Pod? (110/365)

I know (and I'm sure you know) the answer, so no prizes for guessing, but this really did remind me of those sweet little puffer fishes we had in our aquarium, many years ago.  Having seen a few signs of early Spring I was on the hunt for more when I found this. Nothing to do with Spring, but interesting, nevertheless.

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Natural Other #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel

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Darling Buds of May (109/365)

There are more signs of spring, even in the cold and damp. And every one is encouraging. Every one makes us feel just that little bit less tired and worn from the long hard winter. Every bud and bloom tells us that there has been sun. And that there will be more. And heat? Yes, even heat. And blackflies. And then mosquitos. Keep positive, keep positive.

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Natural Other  curated by  +Anja Wessels +Jean-Noel Nicolas +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other

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Willow Catkins in the Setting Sun (108/365)

Wonderful furry little harbingers of spring are these catkins. They were backlit by the setting sun and I loved the way they looked all aglow. It seems that the name catkin comes from an old Dutch word meaning 'kitten' as they look like a kitten's tail. That works for me. Happy Spring everyone!

I was glad that I had my camera with me on our evening walk that day. 

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Natural Other  curated by  +Anja Wessels +Jean-Noel Nicolas +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other

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Spring Greens – 92/365

I took another trip around and about on Saturday, with Joni at my heels, this time into the woods themselves. There was plenty of grey lichen on the bark as the woods are fairly dark, but then I came across this bright green patch of delicate frondy bits. I have no idea what they are, but they were the greenest, most spring-like things we came across.

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

#naturephotos by +Robert SKREINER  +NATURE & MACRO Photos 

#allthingsgreen +All Things Green by +Cicely Robin Laing

HQSP Natural Other  curated by  +Anja Wessels +Jean-Noel Nicolas +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other

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