Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pond placid

It was another quiet evening over at Howell's, so I once again spent most of my time looking at the ground rather than the water. I came across a few more wildflowers along the roadside, starting with what I'm pretty sure is a garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis) plant:

A violet that certainly lived up to the name:

Finally, a Canada anemone, which is a type of buttercup:

No idea what plant this is, but it immediately made me think of a seahorse:

As I walked along I just happened to glance up and spotted a red squirrel sitting in the branches, creating a striking silhouette:

Once it had spotted me, though, it came a little closer in order to check me out:

Finally, as I stood down at my usual end of the pond and took a look around some movement in the corner of my eye caught my attention. I looked up in time to see a blue heron flying along, and was able to track it as it came in for a landing well up in a pine tree:

A couple of shots of it on its perch:

About ten minutes later, it apparently decided it wasn't going to have a lot of luck where it was and headed off in search of another fishing spot:


  1. Lovely delicate flowers, and beautiful birds, not to mention the squirrel. Outstanding work!

  2. wonderful photos of the blue heron.