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.

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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)

April 2008 Photos – Part I

Im not even a year behind anymore!

I single this one out because its probably one of my favourite pictures I’ve taken in the last while. It was all a lucky accident too, I just leaned over and took a few pictures of this guy on this flower as I walked past. I might see how large I can blow it up for my wall…

A few more of Pasque Flower

pasque flower

bathroom window lichhen beeonheather beeonheather

Star Magnolia

starmag starmag

Walnut Tree

Grape Hyacinth


Molly & Bija

bija bija bija


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