When it comes to hail, what we saw 10 days ago certainly had less volume and smaller pieces than what Colorado and the Midlantic states saw within the last few days. The hail was unusual in the candy corn-shaped pieces left when the marble-sized ice balls shattered on the deck and sidewalk.
The late summer, early fall flush of wildflowers included these tiny, dark pink blossoms hanging from slender stalks rising no more than a foot from the ground.
Up here on the mountain, the summer sky is filled with dragonflies. They all seem to be heading southward; swimming and bobbing in the warm air currents like corks in a choppy sea.
Ever try to photograph dragonflies in motion? Their unpredictable flight makes panning difficult and nearly impossible for autofocus to follow. So, this week’s entry into the weekly photo challenge is a bit of a cheat. To compensate for a slow shutter and no motor drive, this week’s image is a montage — slices of video taken in the camera’s movie mode.
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Better late than never!
And a repost from 2010’s visit to St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo.
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As kids, volunteering to wash the cars was a great way to get cool. Still works when you’re grown up too.
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We’re not sure what kind of tree this is, but in the spring it sprouts clusters of tiny, nondescript light green blossoms that are to pollinators as catnip is to felines. Stand within 5 feet and you will hear the tree buzz loudly. So loudly, my husband said: “it’s like standing next to a dynamo!”
Nearly every branch is in motion with the landings and departures of hundreds, if not thousands, of honeybees, carpenter bees, bumbles, wasps, butterflies and hummingbirds. Its shiny black fruits keep the birds happy through the winter.
Hummingbirds are a regular fixture in the spring and summer here on the mountain. The dominant bird finds the spot with the most commanding view leaving only to chase other birds away from the feeder.
“Journey” is a perfect theme for Easter weekend. It’s a time of hope. It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another for catechumens and candidates entering the Catholic church. For those celebrating Passover, it’s a journey celebrating deliverance.
There were many journeys on the mountain this week. Flocks of birds whirled in great sweeps from tree to tree. Hummingbirds returned from their central American winter sojourn. On a smaller scale, carpenter bees, bumblebees, butterflies and moths buzzed and fluttered from flower to flower. All of it a great reminder of the renewal of life from the dead of winter.
Be sure to check out the other intriguing,beautiful and challenging interpretations of “journey” at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-journey/.
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