Invasion!

A few shots from my backyard when I was still testing out the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Zoom Lens. I love the colors the oak leaves turn in the fall and I will have to pay closer attention later this year when they turn again. The squirrel is actually a fairly invasive species around Southwestern British Columbia – the melanistic variety of the Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). They out compete the smaller, native Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) and have been spreading since their release in Stanley Park. Finally, a much less sinister animal – the Golden-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla).

oak leaves in fall melanistic variety of easter grey squirrel

golden crowned sparrow zonotrichia atricapilla

Spring in the Backyard

Taking a bit of a break from processing the Mt. Rainier photos (though still a bunch of interesting ones to come – and a few new panoramas). Yesterday was nice and sunny and I wandered out into the backyard to give my macro lens some much needed exercise.

The walnut tree always has some great texture to the bark.

walnut bark walnut bark

Lilac (Lilas commun) buds about to flower. Most of these were killed by frost but here is a survivor.

Lilac  -  lilas commun - about to bloom Lilac  -  lilas commun - about to bloom

A wasp or fly of some sort (yes, some mimic to appear scary) that I am too lazy to ID because I am simply not interested in spending a hour+ in an insect key. This one is on a Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). Also, Bluebells (Hyacinthoides sp.) about to flower.

wasp fly dandelion taraxacum officinale bluebells - hyacinthoides sp - buds

Lichen!

lichen on arbour lichen on arbour

Wood!

texture

I have very little clue what this dried up plant skeleton really is. I shall investigate but it was in the remains of last years Peony plants and, I have no better guess. Looks more interesting in macro though (its actually about an inch long).

plant skeleton from peony (likely) plant skeleton from peony (likely)

Mazama Ridge Wildflowers

A few shots of wildflowers on the Mazama Ridge from Paradise Valley.

Indian/Magenta Paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola)
False/Indian Hellebore (Veratrum viride)
Avalanche Lily (Erythronium montanum)
Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)

indian paintbrush castilleja parviflora var orepola false hellebore veratrum viride

avalanche and glacier lily on mazama ridge avalanche and glacier lily on mazama ridge