Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Seedy Side

Autumn is a time of abundance.

Birds happily feed on seed which Frank spreads around his place. This sweet little chickadee enjoyed the feast.

nom nom
The creatures are quite cooperative and as soon as the chickadee flew off, this adorable chipmunk took over.

chipper eating
He wasn't alone. A few feet to the right, his buddy was getting ready to fill his cheeks with premium bird seed.

pods wet
Nature has her own way of spreading seed around. This is the pods of the Indian Balsam flower, photographed shortly after a rainfall.

seed pod open
The lightest touch will cause them to pop open and scatter their seeds. This is why they're also known as Touch Me Nots.

cedar seed on glass
Cedar seeds are very lightweight and by late September they're scattered all over the place with even a gentle wind. These landed on the frosted glass top of the patio table.

An unknown (to me) seed, up close and personal.

milkweed seeds2
I took the macro lens out around the fields near Frank's place, one day. I enjoyed taking photos of what has become one of my new favourite subjects - milkweed seeds. These recently escaped from the pod.

milkweed seeds
I love its silky, white hair which glistens in the late-day sunlight.

milkweed seed
Today's seed, drifting in the wind becomes next year's flower for butterflies, once again.

Thanks for joining me on the seedy side.


Birdie said...

Since I am finally in a house I am now able to feed the birds. Outside my front window I have a feeder and see chickadees, blue jays, flickers and even robins. (I didn't know robins ate from feeders.)
Thanks for sharing your pictures. :-)

Dan said...

Wonderfully accurate, love it!

Tabor said...

Lovely macro shots. What the lens sees and I cannot! I must save up for a macro lens now.

Anonymous said...

What fabulous shots of nature's bounty! I love the fact that the dying colours of the leaves are also their rebirth.

Dave said...

Once again lots of wonderful photos Hilary. I specially liked the chickadee picture. To get so close you must have a telescopic lens? - Dave

Spilling Ink said...

The macro shots are amazing. It's such a treat to getting to see that much detail.

ADRIAN said...

The last image is another real beauty.

Sueann said...

These images!!!!!! Wow!!!! They are all fabulous!! The chickadee capture was fantastic. And the milkweed!!!!!!! Took my breath away!
Thanks for enriching me today!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, absolutely lovely. I just never tire of the macro shots.

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely wild life...


Brian Miller said...

ooo the milkweed looks so cute too on the baby chipmunk....

messymimi said...

Best "seedy side" i've ever stumbled upon. Thanks for the beautiful shots.

Ruth Hiebert said...

THe seedy side is beautiful. Milkweed seeds are so pretty and your pictures of it are excellent.

Out on the prairie said...

I too love all the milkweeds.My mom used to use the pods in dried arrangements.

Anvilcloud said...

The Indian Balsam flower = like. :)

Betty Manousos said...

i have to say that your photography is gorgeous and powerful ate the same time!

you're inspiring me!

betty xx

Betty Manousos said...

oops! i meant to say "at the..." sorry.

Leah J. Utas said...

Gorgeous work, Hilary.

TexWisGirl said...

can never get enough of the chippies since i don't see them here, but your macro shots are always stunning. thanks, hilary!

Anonymous said...

Milkweeds are such a delight to watch and to photograph and you did a great job of capturing them. :-))

ellen abbott said...

we have wild petunias here, also know as mexican petunias. One fall I was watering them and when the water droplets hit the mature seed pods they would burst open and I would be bombarded by tiny little seeds. I also love the milkweed seeds. I've scattered many here but can't seem to get them to sprout.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Ah the milkweed shots are so beautiful. We had milkweed where I grew up and I haven't seen it in a very very long time.

Cricket said...

My Nana was very fond of milkweed. I remember her stopping on a highway and sending me out to cut some from a big stand of it, also pussy willow and bittersweet, from which she would make autumn arrangements.

I'm thinking of a hymn from my childhood that I haven't heard sung in years... Seeds, Scattered and Sown ;-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful fall photos! I especially like the little bird :-)

Take care and thanks for your recent comment on My Blog

Clare Dunn said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

xoxoxo, cd

Maggie May said...

Love the silky quality of those seed heads and the creatures eating seed are adorable. Lovely set of photos.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I do so love your macro endeavors...up close and wonderful. Oma Linda

photowannabe said...

Simply gorgeous photos. I especially like the milkweed ones. They just beg to be photographed. Macro is perfect for them.
Love the chipmunk and his filled cheeks.
Hope you had a great weekend Hilary.

Frank Baron said...

Very nice, as usual. Why is it, do you think, those milkweed seeds remind me of my hair? :)

Wendy said...

Love those milkweed seeds. They look like faeries, hairy ones fluttering around. LOL!

Love the little chipmunk as it gorges for a cold, long winter.

Kerry said...

Your photos are breathtaking. I can see that the person behind the lens has a deep and abiding love for her subject matter, and this is reflected in the exquisite images.

Bob Bushell said...

Wonderful images, especially the Chipmunks, they are so cuddly.

Redbush said...

Chickadees are so cute! I love your seed captions as well.

Sharon Wagner said...

You've really captured the beauty of those seeds. Kind of like in the movie Avatar.

Karen said...

Milkweed seeds are sooo dainty and wispy, beautiful. What darling chipmunks, too.

Barb said...

I love the time of seed almost as much as the time of bloom, Hilary. You capture autumn beauty in your up-close photos.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Great shots, Hilary. I especially liked the unknown and the last shot of the milkweed seed.

Dawn said...

I love that silvery white hair. Wish mine was as pretty;)
Beautiful macro~work.

DJan said...

So beautiful and magical, Hilary. Again I simply look at this pictures in awe at their beauty. Thank you! :-)

Steve Gravano said...

I love that Chickadee photo. The macro photos are so sharp, beautiful job.

SandyCarlson said...

Your images are always a delight. The chipmunks stole my heart! An those seeds....The images dance. Thank you.

Red said...

Great shots on a surprising topic. Who would have thought seeds could be so interesting?

Unknown said...

Of course I love those little chippies!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great title, Hilary! And those last few silky seeds--
More please.
xo jj

Hilary said...

• Birdie it sounds like you're sharing your space with some wonderful feathered friends. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Daniel. :)

• Thank you, Tabor. It is a lot of fun to wander around with one. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Fiona, thank you. And so true.. it's a circle of life, isn't it? :)

• Dave, thank you kindly. Yes, my little feathered friend was captured with a 100-400mm lens. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Ink Spiller. It's one of my favourite lenses to play around with. Thanks for your visit. :)

• Thank you kindly, Adrian. :)

• SueAnn, thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed them this much. :)

• Robin, thank you very kindly. They are a fun perspective, eh? :)

• Merci, Pierre. :)

• Brian, thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, MessyMimi. Not too terribly seedy. :)

• Ruth, thank you. Your kind words mean a lot to me. :)

• Steve, I'll bet they looked lovely. I suspect your mother had a fine eye for composition just as her son does. :)

• AC, thanks very much. :)

• Betty, thank you so kindly. That means a lot to me. :)

• Thank you so much, Leah. :)

• Tex, thanks very much. It's a shame you don't get them there. They're such a treat to watch. :)

• Diane, they're an interesting plant from flower through to pod and seeds. :)

• Elllen, the pods of your Mexican petunias do indeed look a lot like the Indian Balsam pods. I hope the milkweed works out for you, one day. They a lovely plant that attracts Monarch and other butterflies. Thanks always for your visit. :)

• Thanks, Denise. I'm glad I could share mine with you. :)

• Cricket, I can't say that I know that hymn but it sure sounds like the perfect soundtrack for this post. Thanks for that. I'll bet your Nana's arrangements were beautiful. I never thought to cut milkweed for them. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

Hilary said...

• Ron, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thank you, Clare. :)

• Maggie May, thanks very much. Those birds are impossible for me to resist. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Oma Linda. :)

• Sue, thank you. Milkweed is a new eye-catcher for me. I've always noticed the pods before but this time I'm enjoying the silky seeds. Thanks so much for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Frank. I suppose it has something to do with Wendy's comment, beneath yours. It's your hairy, faery-like quality. ;)

• Thank you, Wendy. You helped answer Frank's question above your own. ;)

• Kerry thank yo so kindly for such a lovely comment. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Bob. They sure are.. and cute as anything. :)

• Thanks, Redbush. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Sharon. I've never seen Avatar but I'm familiar with what you mean. Thanks for that. :)

• Thanks very much, Karen. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

• Barb, thanks so much. You're right about this time of seed having so much to offer.. much like in the spring. :)

• Thanks, Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed them, my friend. :)

• Dawn, I'm sticking to my original colour for now. There'll be time enough for silver when it comes. Thanks very much for your kind words. :)

• DJan, thank you so kindly, my friend. You always make me feel so good about what I present. :)

• Steve, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Sandy, thank you so kindly. You never fail to leave such kind comments. :)

• Thank you, Red. I'm sure that as a teacher, you could make anything sound interesting. ;)

• Reena, what's not to love? ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Joanna, thank you so kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

Daryl said...

you are getting so good with the marco!

Indrani said...

Terrific captures. The silken thread like stuffs on the seeds... those are mesmerizing.

Kat said...

Beautiful! Chickadees are my fav! And I love the milkweed too. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Beautiful series of photos Hilary. You've captured the season so well!

chariskalee said...

Once again your shots are breath taking and fill me with envy of your talent Hillary. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Well, at least I know what you mean if you invite me to go somewhere seedy! ;)

Pauline said...

The world is beautiful seen through your eyes and your lens. Thanks for sharing!

Gail Dixon said...

Such lovely photos and so informative! The little chickadee is simply adorable.

Suldog said...

Love the feeding photos.

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving (yes, here he goes again about that damned holiday...) is early morning. I start prepping the feast (making stuffing, peeling vegetables, etc.) and I drop some bread and maybe some nuts outside of my kitchen window beforehand. I then do my tasks while watching the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc., having a bit of a Thanksgiving feast of their own.

Dianne said...

you're a genius with the macro lens
those shots are wonderful
and of course all the sweet critters who eat the seeds

Linda said...

I love the shots of the chickadee and chipmunk. Two of nature's cutest critters.

L. D. said...

These are wonderful photos. I like them all.

Unknown said...

It's all good; but I think my favorites are the milkweed photos. Great shots!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh my...macro mastery. Always a treat. Now i want a pet chipmunk.

Anonymous said...

Hilary, the focus, color and detail in your photos just keeps amazing me. Thank you for sharing these! I love the milkweed seeds!

Tammie Lee said...

the light in your photos is gorgeous, as gorgeous as the photos and life within themselves. thank you~

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Daryl. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Indrani, thank you. I couldn't stop photographing them. :)

• Thank you, Kat. I'm pleased that I was able to capture a couple of your favourites. :)

• Elizabeth, thanks kindly. It's been a beautiful autumn and it got my clicking finger going. :)

• Chariskalee, thanks so much for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Karen, yeah that's the ticket. ;)

• Thanks for joining me, Pauline. You're too kind. :)

• Gail, thank you. I love those little cuties. :)

• Jim, I'll bet they love you for it. And I'll bet you love that peaceful view while prepping for the day. Thanks always for your visit. :)

• Dianne, you're a gem. Thanks very kindly. :)

• Linda, they are two of the cutest, for sure. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you kindly, Larry. :)

• Tim, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• MPM, thanks so much. Just grab a few seeds and hold out your hand. One will be along in a moment. Name him, et voila.. instant pet chipmunk. ;)

• Barbara, thank you very much for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoy my photos, as I do yours. :)

• Tammie Lee, thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Very much appreciated. :)

Unknown said...

Many reminders of Winter weather coming!

Zuzana said...

Hilary, these images are truly magnificent, just look at those details. I love that about the camera lens, it shows us our reality in such a very novel way.
That chipmunk is adorable.;))

Hilary said...

Thanks very much, Michael and Zuzana. :)