Summer Memories to Banish Winter Blues


4 of 5 #naturephotochallenge

After the cold wintry (and a little sad) post of yesterday I wanted to share something that made me feel warm and happy. A memory of a summer past, this one was taken in Maine a few years ago in the garden of a friend. We were just about to set out to visit the wonderful public gardens near where she lived and just as we were about to get into the car, I saw the beauty that was just at my feet. Summer will arrive and with it, all the beautiful flowers and creatures. I hope this makes you feel all warm with the thought of what is to come.

I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews​​​​​ to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge. I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 days – in my case not consecutive. I am asked to name a new challenger on each of my 5 days. Today I am challenging my friend +Janet Patterson​​​​​ to join me in this. Just post one nature photo a day for 5 days. Tag me in it, use the hash tag #naturephotochallenge and nominate someone else on each of the days.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: .

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals​​​​​ curated by +Alejandro J. Soto​​​​​ +Krystina Isabella Brion​​​​​ +Andy Smith​​​​​
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators​​​​​ by +Dusty Gedge​​​​​
#bellesphotos +Belles photos​​​​​ by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE​​​​​ +Claudya Bonnet​​​​​
#naturemonday +NatureMonday​​​​​ by +Rolf Hicker​​​​​ +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

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

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 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

Painted Lady

This lovely lady comes to you from a warmer time, in Maine, when I was visiting the home of a friend.  At first I thought it was a butterfly that had got faded in the wash (or the sun) but read an article on it recently and discovered that this is who she is! She is an astonishing creature, as you can read:

 "Professor Jane Hill of the University of York, in England, explains: “The Painted Lady just keeps going, breeding and moving.” Annually, those steps take the whole population from northern Europe to Africa and back again.

“This tiny creature weighing less than a gram [0.04 oz] with a brain the size of a pin head and no opportunity to learn from older, experienced individuals, undertakes an epic intercontinental migration,” states Richard Fox, surveys manager at Butterfly Conservation. This insect was “once thought to be blindly led, at the mercy of the wind, into an evolutionary dead end in the lethal British winter,” Fox adds. Yet this study “has shown Painted Ladies to be sophisticated travellers.”"

For #WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette (I don't have this theme in the calendar, which is really too bad! – ladies, please can you fill in the information on the +Public Calendar of Daily Photography Themes so I can add it??)
Also for #inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators by +Dusty Gedge
and for #floralfriday +FloralFriday by the perenially bloomng +Tamara Pruessner