Starts With B
This one was pretty easy for me this week - I had lots of pictures of birds and blooms to choose from, but ultimately, I ended up choosing this lovely butterfly. This is Phyciodes cocyta, which has the common name of Northern crescent, at least in this part of the world. I was delighted to find it inside my screened-in porch, so I helped it go back outside where it helpfully posed on some clover.
I thought I'd also share this picture of a bird - this time a white-breasted nuthatch - enjoying a few seeds from my feeder. I'm always glad when I can get close enough to a bird at the feeder to take a decent photograph!
I tried for a long time to capture a decent shot of the dragonflies I kept seeing over the past couple of weeks. They invariably turned out blurry, or the dragonfly took off before the camera took the shot. I finally nabbed this one sunning on the brush pile in the backyard, and I was quite pleased with the way the picture turned out. This is Plathemis lydia, sometimes called the common whitetail. It's a female - the males have different band patterns on the wings. I really liked the way that I got a little bit of the yellow flower colour in the corner of the picture.
This one was a little bit tricky for me. We did have Canada Day on the 1st of July, but we didn't attend any specific events for it and I don't have a flag or anything to photograph. We're patriotic, but quietly so, in a sort of polite Canadian way! I don't have pictures of moose or beavers that are quintessentially Canadian animals, and pictures of large mosquitoes, our other national critter, just didn't seem to be on point! This morning though, as I went on my morning stroll, I saw just the thing. This young maple is growing on the edge of the woods in my yard, and when maple trees are young, the leaves start out reddish-coloured, almost like the fall leaves. As they mature, they turn green, as you can see in the leaves underneath these young ones, which just have a small hint of their original red hue on them. These young maple leaves remind me that Canada is a place often associated with forests and wide expanses of natural areas, largely untouched by mankind. It's also a place often associated with peace and hope, which gives me a sense of national pride. Go, Canada!