Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Leaves of Senses

In my previous post, I introduced you to some of the beautiful birds which visit my local park and pond over the course of a day. Today, I'd like to show you some of the flora which attracts many of the birds and insects that inhabit this area and others. Please remember to click on each photo to enlarge it.


Since late in the spring, one branch of this berry-producing tree has been bright orange. Every other limb sports nothing but green leaves and berries, so this isn't its autumn foliage - just a colourful contrast to the rest of the tree. It's where the robins in the previous post were perched. (please click to enlarge)





Here are some of the ripened berries which the birds find so tasty. (please click to enlarge)





And from a different perspective. (please click to enlarge)





This tiny bloom is only about one centimeter (less than a half inch) in diameter. (please click to enlarge)






These lily pads were found at Mill Pond - a twenty minute drive from home, in the center of a small town. They reminded me of a Claude Monet painting. (please click to enlarge)





These colourful wildflowers grow along the park path. They attract birds, bees, butterflies and my camera lens. (please click to enlarge)





Snapdragons are emerging everywhere throughout the fields near Frank's place. He'll probably stop by and comment about how its petals remind him of.. something. (please click to enlarge)





In his front yard, this tiny leaf had fallen and was clinging to the tip of a larger leaf. I thought there was something tender and endearing about it. (please click to enlarge)





In his back yard, these tiny purple Clematis buds... (please click to enlarge)





.. grow into these large, profuse blooms. This photo was inspired by my dear bloggie friend Protege of Life Work and Pleasure, who has been keeping us abreast of her Clematis plant's growth with weekly updates since spring. Consider checking out her blog - she always has something wonderful to share. (please click to enlarge)

And thank you all for sharing your time with me. More pics in a few days.

63 comments:

Rajesh said...

Very colorful flora. It is a beautiful season very eye catching and pleasing. The snaps and variety in them are great.

Frank Baron said...

Very nice shots, Hil. I especially like the clematis bud, the little leaf and yeah...that snapdragon. You're right...reminds me of...something....

I'll get back to you if it occurs to me. :)

TSannie said...

Snapdragons always look like they're YELLING!
Lovely photos.

The Things We Carried said...

A movie could be filmed ,a fairytale, where you take your picts. Lovely!

Protege said...

Ah Hilary, stunning as always...
Love all the pictures, how difficult it is to choose a favorite. The small golden leaf upon the bigger green one is a beautiful photograph; I think what I like most about it above all is the fact that you have noticed it. I love these hidden "magical" images in the nature that only those that truly "look", will see...

Thank you, thank you for the beutiful compliments and a link.;))I am so flattered.;) Seeing the Jackmanii flowers here on your page though seems to put mine a bit to shame.;)) This Sunday I might post the last update picture; the past few rainy days has made the flowers heavy and sad.

xo
Z

Shrinky said...

How very odd that tree has one branch a totally different colour from the rest of it - I wonder why?

Superb photography Hilary, as ever.

jinksy said...

That baby leaf sure doesn't want to leave the family!

Kerri said...

Beautiful Hilary! That bud is my favorite!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Wonderful. I love the little leaf on the big one.

ellen abbott said...

Oh Hilary, these are beautiful.. I like the snapdragon (New to me) and the small leaf on the larger and the clematis bud. All great pics.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Wish I had a framed copy of the Mill Pond one. These are gorgeous as always!

Jacob said...

Lucky birds to have all that flora to fool with. Beautiful photos!

I've read about some berries that get the birds drunk and they flap around bumping into things...

Tabor said...

The most interesting to me in this lovely collection of beautiful photos is your comment that the orange breasted robin likes hanging out in the orange part of the tree...!

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful....I love that one orange branch. Such a rogue!

Suldog said...

The wildflowers are beautiful.

At My Dad's place in New Hampshire, prior to his death, I used to mow the lawn every couple of weeks. Very big job, a couple of hours worth. Anyway, when he went in hospital for the last time, since he was no longer there, I didn't mow for quite a while. The next time I visited the place, to straighten out his affairs, the entire lawn was overgrown with beautiful wildflowers such as those. I would have loved to have kept them as they were, but had to put the place on the market, so...

*sigh*

Crabby McSlacker said...

I loved ALL of these! But lilypads and little leaf were especially favorites. You have such an eye!

pranksygang said...

very colorful shots dear!!! i was spell bound looking at those pictures!!

Daryl said...

I am loving how much you are loving your new camera ... as for what the snapdragon reminds Frank of .. well .. la la la la la

Merisi said...

So beautiful, so calm, so refreshing on a hot summer day! :-)

Nancy said...

Just beautiful. I love the bounty nature provides for our birds. The snapdragon was interesting.... Oh, and the little leaf clinging to the larger one was indeed, endearing. Your skills are wonderful.

Reb said...

Those are all wonderful, but I love the pond with the lily pads and the ripples.

scarlethue said...

Beautiful pictures as always. That last purple flower is gorgeous!

Abe Lincoln said...

Beautiful images. I like the red leaves amid all the green. Reminds me of the time, late one morning, when I looked out and saw this really small, angular limb on the oak tree a brilliant orange color. Here the sun, somehow had sneaked through all the leaves and surrounded buildings and trees to cast an orange light on that deformed twig. It was like heaven. I got its picture too. Which reminds me I need to put that on my Pick a Peck of Pixels blog someday soon.

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Phyllis Entis said...

Ah yes - water lilies. Saw Monet's famous Water Lilies at the Orangerie in Paris last year. Brings back pleasant memories.

Hugs,

Cuzzie P

imbeingheldhostage said...

and again, you've managed to capture things I would have skipped right on by... that little leaf holding on to the big one-- wonderful! And the different branch, I have a tree like that. It has one whole branch a different color and it isn't grafted in. Terrific photos, Hilary!

Country Girl said...

I love clematis and that's a beautiful shot of one.

MaggieGem said...

The tiny bloom was my favorite, but they're all excellent. Amazing what you capture with your camera, thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photos. I love the lily pad one. Gorgeous. It reminds me of Monet too. ~Cindy

steviewren said...

The Monet look alike field is really pretty. You are lucky to live near such beautiful wild areas.

Tink said...

I love the picture of the tiny leaf on the big leaf! Beautiful.

Hilary said...

• Thank you kindly, Rajesh. I'm glad you enjoyed these photos. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Frank. I wonder what it could be! ;)

• WHAT, TSannie? I couldn't hear you over those Snapdragons. ;) Thanks muchly. :)

• Thanks so much, Amy. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks kindly, Protege. You're right - sometimes things sort of speak to us to take notice as this tiny leaf did to me. It's too bad that the rain has burdened your Clematis. I wonder if it has a chance to return to normal if the weather improves. I hope so. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Shrinky. I don't know why that one small branch is orange when the rest of the tree is green but it makes me think of how some people have one streak of natural blond, gray or white hair on their otherwise dark head. The berries were just as ripe on that branch as anywhere else, so I'm sure it's a healthy growth. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• True, Jinsky. It may never leaf home. ;)

• Thanks, Kerri. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Thanks very much, Leah. I'm glad. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much, Ellen. I'm happy that you're enjoying the photos. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, Angie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Jacob. I've heard about that too.. it must be hilarious to watch them in action. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. Do you figure it's a camouflage thing? :)

• Thank you, MPM. I figure it appeals to the rebel in you. ;)

• Thank you, Suldog. I'm with you about the wildflowers. There's something beautiful about seeing unplanned splashes of colour growing in various heights and places. I'd much rather see that than a manicured lawn. I'm glad you enjoyed the photo. :)

• Thanks very much, Crabby. I'm happy you like them too. Thanks for stopping by at what I know is a busy time for you. :)

• Thanks, Pranksy... much apreciated. :)

• Thank you, Daryl. And yup, you la la la'd correctly. ;)

• Thank you, Merisi. I'm glad you could stop by for some refreshment here. :)

• Thanks so much for the kind words, Nancy. They're very much appreciated. I'm glad you like the photos. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. They were very cool to see. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks kindly, Scarlethue. The blossoms are quite lovely and are in my favourite colour. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, Abe. The scene you described sounds beautiful in the telling. I can only imaging how lovely it would be to see the image. I hope you'll post it shortly. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Phyllis, I'm glad my photo could evoke pleasant memories for you. I was fortunate enough to see some of his Water Lily paintings among many others on various visits to New York and Mass. They're just amazing, aren't they? Thanks for dropping by, Cuzzie. :)

• Thanks kindly, IBHH. I'm glad you enjoyed these photos. Thanks so much for your very kind words. I'm always happy to have you stop by.

• Thanks very much, Kate. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Thanks so much for joining me, Maggie Gem. I was happy to have you along. :)

• Thanks very much, Cindy. I'm glad you could see the resemblance too. :)

• Thanks kindly, Steviewren. I agree about my luck to live in this area. It's a great source of beauty for me. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Tink. I'm glad you like it. :)

Debbie said...

Gorgeous photos! It is great that you take the time to appreciate the beauty that is all around us.

Mountain Mamma said...

Hi Hilary! I always look at the photos before reading the captions, because I like to guess what I'm seeing first, and I have to say, those lily pads looked like slices of limes to me!!! Great photos! I'm on a blog-break, but I'll let you know when I'm back to posting! :)
Rain

Cheffie-Mom said...

So beautiful and refreshing! Your photos brightened my day! Love the baby leaf!

ds said...

Beautiful, as always. How I would love to have that field of wildflowers nearby

Café Chick said...

These are such beautiful pictures; the closeup shots of the leaves and berries almost have a mystical quality to them.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

I love the lily pad and the small leaf hugging the bigger one. Those I would put up on my wall.

Michele said...

Another beautiful post that makes me smile. =)

Shammickite said...

Nature's beauty is all around us, and yet it often goes unseen as we live our busy lives, but you, Hilary, somehow manage to capture such special images..... the little leaf clinging to the big leaf, the lily pads, the clematis buds.... all very ordinary and everyday sights that we might rush by without noticing, but through your camera lens they becone special and noteworthy! Great stuff, Hil!
And when are we going to have that coffee in B'ville?

addhumorandfaith said...

Beautiful shots, Hilary. I'm going to get out the instruction book for my camera, and see if I can learn some more about it and maybe get better at taking shots more like these. They are just lovely!

You're an inspiration to me, friend.

Sandi McBride said...

What glorious foliage and flowers...you're a pretty spectacular photographer, Hilary!
Sandi

Maddy said...

What a fabulous nature trail. Such an eye for detail. [visiting from Humour and Faith]
Cheers

Anne C. Watkins said...

Hilary, these are all so gorgeous. I especially like the lily pad photo with the ripples in the water. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite shot, though. :)

I love your blog. If you ever decide to publish a book of your photography, put me down for a copy. :)

aims said...

Wow Hilary!

Your photos are beautiful! I've been going back through your posts - just loved the heron btw - and have found myself transported to another place whilst my neighbour from hell revs the engine from his very loud truck.

We too have one branch of a tree that is a completely different colour. It's been put down to a lack of water here as we are in a drought. I can't verify that though.

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Dianne said...

your shots of the tiny buds are my favorites
you master capturing how sweet and fragile they are

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are very beautiful. Those berries are tantalizing. What a rich world for the birds.

Pouty Lips said...

You're right about the lily pads being reminiscent of Monet's paintings in the Japanese Garden.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love the orange spot and the little yellow leave hanging on! I love, too, your sensitivity to surroundings! C

Sandra said...

I love the lily pads and it looks like a frog just leaped into the pond, I see the circle of rippels. Also LOVE the purple flower.

Skunkfeathers said...

You've a heck of a sharp eye for photography ;)

Helena said...

Beautiful photo's!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Debbie. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Good to see you, Rain. Enjoy your blog break and I'll look forward to seeing your posts when you resume. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Cheffie. Your nice comments always make my day. :)

• Thank you, DS. They're so cheery and bright, aren't they? :)

• Thanks very kindly, Café Chick. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you, Georgie. I'm happy that you like those shots. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Michele. :)

• Shammie, thanks so much for your very kind words. I'm so glad you appreciate the photos. That means a lot to me. I hope we'll manage coffee soon. Keep me posted as to when you'll be there, and I'll do likewise. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Sandra. It does take a lot of reading and practice to begin figuring out some of the detail, but often well worth it. I have so much to learn too. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much for the kind words, Sandi. You always make me smile. :)

• Welcome, Maddy and thanks for visiting. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Anne. Your very kind words mean a lot to me. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog, as I look forward to your visits. :)

• Aims, thanks for stopping by. I know what it's like to have loud engines revving just outside my window. Several of my neighbour own motorcycles and they often travel together. Departure time can noisy! But they're good people so I don't really mind. Thanks very much for your kind words. I'm glad you're enjoying the photos. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Charmed. :)

• Thanks very much, Dianne. I'm glad you like them :)

• Thanks, Sandy. Yes the birds do have a nice, rich environment here and I, in turn am lucky to enjoy their presence. I'm glad you like the photos. :)

• Thanks for the confirmation, Pouty.. and for the visit. :)

• Thanks kindly, Stickhorsecowgirls. Much appreciated. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Thank you, Sandra. I also wondered about what made that ripple. Most likely a fish from below but I'll buy into the leap frog theory. Thanks kindly for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much, Skunkfeathers. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Helena. :)

Louise said...

I can hardly believe the thistle bloom is so tiny. The lily pads DO look like a Monet painting, and the clematis is gorgeous. (Another thing I seem to not be able to grow here.)

Zeenat{Positive Provocations} said...

If i say i am mesmerized by your spread, i would be understating it. The post and the pics with it are truly wonderful. You have a great eye for all things beautiful.
Hoping to see more soon.

Rain said...

Hi Hilary! Would you like to join me on A Walk In The Woods?

Bogey said...

Very eyepopping and dramatic Hilary. I could never pick a favourite picture because it would be an injustice to another. Thanks for sharing your surroundings.

SandyCarlson said...

I love the beautiful range of colors here. You have a loving eye!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Louise. They sure were tiny and perfect. I suspect you could grow anything you set your mind to. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Welcome, Zeenat and thanks very much for your kind words. Much appreciated. :)

• Rain, I did indeed take that walk and it was lovely. Thanks! :)

• Thanks so much for joining me, Bogey. And for such kind, encouraging words. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you so much, Sandy. You always say the nicest things. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Mother nature is pretty amazing. You have a great eye. Thanks for sharing.

Hilary said...

Thanks kindly, Joanna. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

kcinnova said...

"They attract birds, bees, butterflies and my camera lens."

And I'm so glad they do!

Hilary said...

Thanks so much, KC. I'm glad they also attract you to my blog. Always a pleasure. :)