Thursday, July 02, 2009

Bits and peices.

Woke up during the night to the sound of banging which seemed to be coming from somewhere in the house. Half asleep I stumbled out of bed and went to face whatever might be coming in. Got as far as the living room when I realized that it was fireworks going off, likely down on the beach. Celebrating Canada Day no doubt. Himself will be back from his holidays in a weeks time so I'm trying to make the most of my time alone.

This morning at 6:00 am, I was outside struggling to get grass and wild raspberry bushes out from under a Snowball Tree. I hadn't realized how much the weeds, etc. had gotten out of hand there. Lots of digging and pulling I can tell you.

It's another gorgeous day, clear blue skies everywhere you look. Lots of perfumes wafting up from the different flowers. I counted 40 buds on a rose bush I bought a couple of years ago. Those roses and the white "wild roses" are giving off quite a scent. I'm glad I moved most of them last year to the one area, now I can sit on the bench surrounded by the wonderful smells. The buttercups are blooming along the pathways in parts of the garden. I think they look quite charming and always look forward to seeing them.

I've been so intent on looking for bugs to photograph lately that I've forgotten the birds. Here's a few pictures I took today.

First a young grey jay. They are all black before they get their adult feathers.

This is one of the parents.

Blue Jay.


Is that a worm I hear??

Another flutter.

Not a real rat!


Anonymous said...

Your photos are gorgeous as always. I've never heard of grey jays til now either.


oldcrow61 said...

Ali, I can't believe you've never heard or seen those jays. Surely they're all across Canada! They're also known as Whiskey Jacks and Common Jays...ring any bells?

Tricia said...

What wonderful pictures again (love the swallowtail) OC and I do so enjoy wandering around your garden. If you could bottle up and send some of your flower scents...that would be very nice.

Interesting how the grey jay has such a complete colour transformation.

Ratty is very realistic Lol.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh...whiskey jack, that one I am familiar with! Thanks!


oldcrow61 said...

lol Ali, I couldn't imagine you not knowing them.

Tricia, wish I could bottle up the scents. I'd mail them right off to you.

Pete said...

love the flutters oc

Dixxe's Doodles said...

Since tomorrow is the 4th of July Im sure I will be hearing something go bang in the night also! Wonderful photos today!

Nan and =^..^= said...

Love your photos! I haven't seen gray jays either!

Cicero Sings said...

Sure glad that's not a REAL rat!

Bimbimbie said...

I love how young birds just sit their waiting patiently for some food, they always seem to have a concentrated I'm digesting sort of look to them

Funny how some bird chicks are light coloured or a non descript brown before changing to a darker plumage as adults and others like this one, go dark to light. Keeps us interested in looking at them *!*