Sunday, September 9, 2012

Petals & Wings

It seems that I have an abundance of flower and bird images and so please bear with me for one more round of photos depicting what has caught my eye through summer.


wildchicory
I love the simple beauty of the wild chicory. I photograph it often.




touchmenot3
Touch-me-nots (or Himalayan Balsam) are so named for the pods which grow and ripen late in the summer. One very gentle touch and they pop open to reveal the seeds inside. They're irresistible - kind of like nature's bubble wrap.




touchmenot
The pods were just beginning to grow on this plant iwhen the photo was taken. They sure do look pretty in the late-day sunlight.



rosehips
As do these blushing rose hips.




purple flower
I'm sure somebody, somewhere knows the name of this wildflower, but it isn't me.




pretty in purple
Likewise for this lovely purple plant.




coneflower
This one I know. It's a coneflower or echinacea.




behind a yellow blossom
Sometimes a blossom looks just as pretty from behind.
 

On to the birds...

moulting male mallard
Mallards are lovely creatures - even when they're moulting heavily. You can see the wee bits of green feathers just beginning to grow back on this fellow's head.




male cardinal
Male cardinals certainly add a splash of colour to their surroundings. This guy is eating Chez Frank.




bignose2
And this sweet little sparrow became familiar to us over the course of a couple of days. Frank dubbed him Big Nose. Unfortunately, he wasn't coping as well as his mates. He'd stop by the feeding station and eat well enough, but he appeared to struggle and flutter to keep his balance. He flew just fine the first day but his wings didn't seem to be able to give him quite the lift he needed by the next day. By day three, he was clearly ailing - unable to fly at all. Frank tried to coax him into a cage where he'd be able to find food, water and safety from predators overnight but that was just not to be. I think a swift kill (if that happened) was probably the kinder end for Big Nose. We never saw him again after day three. In retrospect (and by Googling) we determined that he probably had the West Nile virus.




rays4
Rest in peace, little Big Nose.

Stay tuned for more photos in a few days.

56 comments:

Linda said...

You made me smile with your comment about Touch-Me-Nots being nature's bubble wrap. :) There are just so many beautiful images here. It wouldn't be fair to any of them if I were to try to choose a favorite...so I won't.

Out on the prairie said...

Aster and vervain are the 2 unknowns. lovely choices

Stephen Hayes said...

It seems like you were just posting winter photos and now in these remarkable pics I see summer slipping away.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Love the subtle lighting on the male Cardinal.

Kerry said...

These are all so beautiful, such vivid colors. The green tufts on the mallard's head are exquisite.

It's sad to find sick birds. I had a house finch that was obviously ill last week, sitting for the longest time at the feeder. Afterwards I took the feeder down and scrubbed it out with bleach water to make sure he didn't pass something nasty on to the other birds, poor little guy. I never saw him again either.

Nadezda said...

Hilary, I love the photos of birds! most the one of cardinal, it's a very smart bird!

Brian Miller said...

what a glorious sunrise...love it....the chickory is def beautiful...as is that cone flower...hop you are having a wonderful weekend...

Andy said...

Another round of interesting photos. I feel sorry for Big Nose.

Gayle said...

It is always such a treat to visit your blog. I am sorry for Big Nosey, too. Your photos are breathtaking and so inviting. It always makes me want to just follow along behind you and see what you see.

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Hilary said...

beautiful, all of them. you are so good.

Pauline said...

Interestingly, out touch-me-not blossoms are yellow and orange. I called them orange poppers when I was just a poppet :)

Such beautiful photos. Hope change-form day for Big nose was a peaceful one.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Such a lovely post! Enjoyed my visit here!

Rita said...

All these gorgeous flower shots would be a welcome sight all winter! Any time, lady!!

I felt badly for Big Nose, too. His life has been acknowledged now by many, thanks to you.

CorvusCorax12 said...

gorgeous pictures..love the cardinal

TexWisGirl said...

i love them all. the soft color of chicory is just amazing. sorry about big nose.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely images. The last one is clearly my favourite. I love those sunbeams reaching toward Heaven.

L. D. Burgus said...

I know the feeling of great photos that you just have to share. When I get a good shot I definitely want to share it no matter what the season.

messymimi said...

The sunbeams are breathtaking.

Purple flowers, of all kinds, are my favorites, i'm glad so many were purple or purplish in today's selection.

Struggling birds make me sad; that's one reason i always take fallen nestlings to the wildlife hospital.

SueAnn Lommler said...

All your photos touched me...fabulous
Hugs
SueAnn

CiCi said...

The little sparrow brought joy to many of us via your photo. Interesting to see the creatures with ailments, all of us creatures actually. These photos are of such an excellent quality, clarity and color. Thanks for brightening my day with your photos.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

I love cardinals! I wish they lived in my area. Chicory, too -- it's such a pretty flower. Luckily we get sunsets, so I can share that experience with you. :)

photowannabe said...

The West Nile Virus is so deadly.
A friend of ours Father in law passed away from undetected West Nile last week. He was elderly and all his other problems masked the real one. Very sad and quite scary.
Your ending photo with the rays of the sun is a fitting closure to the tale of Big Nose.
Gorgeous capture.

ds said...

Poor Big Nose. Glorious photos, all. Thank you.

Dianne said...

sweet big nose
thanks for trying to help him

the colors you cpature are so amazing
especially all the shades of purple

Lisa Gordon said...

Hilary, this is such a beautiful series of photographs.
Thank you for the ID on the first one.
We have so much of that growing here. I think it is so pretty, but I never knew what it was.

Hope you've had a fantastic weekend!
xo.

Red said...

Your request for plant names reminds me of a friend who is a plant specialist. When he's tried everything to identify a plant he looks in his weed book.
Nice variety in the types of flower photos eg. from the back.

ellen abbott said...

You never fail, Hilary.

She Writes said...

I love cone flowers! Why is the death and fragility of wild birds always makes me so sad? There is a vulnerability and beauty about them that I have loved ever since I can remember. Poor Big Nose!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, these are glorious. Wish I could help on the flower IDs. Poor Big Nose. We had a finch that looked very weak, barely hanging onto the bird feeder perch. I walked within 5 feet and he didn't budge. He was clearly weak. I wanted so badly to help, but I thought I might stress him out more. It's hard to know what to do in those situations. Maybe ours had West Nile also. :(

Barbara said...

Oh, that's so sad about little Big Nose. How kind of Frank to want to trap him to keep him safe. Hilary, I never get tired of your flower and bird pics (well, anything you post) so just keep on posting. I love the red and purple of that coneflower.

missing moments said...

That coneflower is gorgeous! Always enjoy lovely pictures of flowers!

ladyfi said...

What beautiful shots. As always, the lighting is perfect.

Poor Big Nose - such a gorgeous bird.

Cloudia said...

glorious crepusculars, your photos rule. Your hearts are sweet to send big nose on his way appreciated and wished well.




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Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

There is something about wild chicory that holds me spellbound. I'm not sure if it is the shape of the petals or the periwinkle color, but I love them!

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

I loved them all. Just gorgeous.

Indrani said...

Don't know which to admire: the blur or the focus!
Great shots all!

Betty Manousos said...

wow, these are glorious images, dear hilary!

ah, your photos are always worth the look!

big hugs!

Bob Bushell said...

The pictures are astonishing, the flowers and the birds, I love 'em.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That's sad that you had to see Big Nose struggling that way. :(

The petals on the chicory look like ribbons!

Daryl said...

poor big nose ... make sure you have on bug repellent when you are out .. west nile is pretty deadly for people too

Suldog said...

I have no doubt Big Nose is flying free and getting all the goodies he wants in some wonderful birdie heaven.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Ah yes, we will try to "bear with you" for yet another compilation of stunning inspiring delightful photos. Such an imposition! :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Lovely as always. I've been enjoying being bitten by the photo bug lately too. :)

Stacey Dawn said...

Ooh! and then the next picture... ooh!! and the next... OOH!
So lovely!

You capture such gorgeous images!
SD

Stacey Dawn said...

Ooh! and then the next picture... ooh!! and the next... OOH!
So lovely!

You capture such gorgeous images!
SD

Sharon Wagner said...

We had some first time visitors at our bird bath last night. A wood pecker and a dove. Poor little big beak/nose. RIP.

i beati said...

so very appealing ail of it

Don said...

I like the cardinal, eating away. And the last shot of the beautiful rays.

roobo69 said...

Seriously Hilery, I think I'm definitely coming across to learn macro photography from you! Some wonderful photos again.

roobo69 said...

Seriously Hilery, I think I'm definitely coming across to learn macro photography from you! Some wonderful photos again.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I am over here having a browse from Gail's Blog. you have a lovely blog, I particularly like your chicory photo I use this plant as a symbol for my blog.

lime said...

that cardinal looks like a sassy fellow! sorry about big nose but what a glorious sky you captured.

Jo said...

I can't resist bubblewrap. Wild chicory looks like it's made of frayed paper ribbons. Sad about the bird.

Anvilcloud said...

Although I take them on occasion, I am generally not overly fond of flower photos. I just about always like yours, however. You do them well. Poor Big Nose.

SandyCarlson said...

You look into the soul of that duck!