Unfortunately, Jet went charging into a bank of dandelions and ended up being stung by a bee. I had to take my poor hound back to the house, remove the stinger, and give him lots of reassurance. I thought he was going to lick his leg right off.
I went out with the camera afterwards to try to capture the delights of the day. Unfortunately, I had to wear my mesh bug jacket. Here in this part of the world, we have a lot of biting insects. I wasn't worried about the bees, but the black flies were out in droves. If you don't live in a place with black flies, you might think I was just talking about flies that are black. No, that is not the case. The black fly is an incredibly annoying little biting fly, worse than a mosquito. They hover around your head and face and bite repeatedly. As you'll read, if you check out this Wikipedia entry, black flies are a scourge in some parts of Canada, even causing livestock deaths due to their incessant biting. My sheep and goats are miserable at this time of year with the bites they receive around their eyes, and there really isn't much I can do for them. The "fly bait" traps and fly sprays don't work for black flies. Very few repellents work at all, and those that do are only marginally effective. So, I was "suited up" for my walk. See those nasty bugs off to the right of my head? Just can't escape those things!
Then they burst open into a pale pink that becomes more and more white with age.
They are only here for a short time, but it's a beautiful time.
Last year, due to late frosts, the apple blossoms never came out for me. I really didn't have any to speak of, and I think I saw about 20 apples total last fall on all my trees (about 10 or so). This year, every tree is thickly covered with blossoms....hundreds and hundreds of them!
The bees were enjoying all the pollen they could fit onto their legs. Here's a bee on a dandelion. See his pollen "baggage" on his legs?
His pollen trousers remind me of water wings that children wear in swimming pools!
Then, there were the bees enjoying the apple blossoms, probably just as much as I was, if not more. Here comes one from the right, choosing its blossom. You can just see the wings.
Here you can see that the bird on the left actually has a petal in its beak.
I managed to catch one in flight.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a picture showing those tiny red tips on their wing feathers, but they are still lovely birds. I think there were about ten of them hopping about in the trees.
I was quite captivated with the beautiful show that nature put on for me this morning, despite the black flies. See, I am still smiling!