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 on arbour lichen on arbour



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)

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