Gesundheit! A perfectly round yellow ball of flower that is used in bridal bouquets, the Ranunculus is also available in pink, white, and orange. Its flower looks soft enough to use as a pillow! When I returned to the nursery the next day, all the Ranunculii had been sold!
Monthly Archives: April 2014
White-Crowned Sparrow on the Pear Tree
This gallery contains 2 photos. The latest sparrow to mug for the camera. After (proverbially) chasing around this male White-Crowned Sparrow (in full breeding plumage) for a couple of weeks, he finally obliged by alighting on the pear tree and let me shoot, albeit through a pane of glass in the setting sun.
You Call This a Wasp?
It’s an Ichneumon wasp (Enicospilus species). Svelte waistline, super-long antennae (which can probably pick up some OTA signals, too), six-legged, and very orange. Two were spotted in my backyard on adjacent leaves, seeking some shade and warmth. Had to search high and low to finally ID the alien-looking creature. It’s actually useful for controlling flies and beetles.
Macro Monday: Spurge is for the Birds
Cosmic Bowling / An Unexpected Adventure in Blacklight Photography
This gallery contains 4 photos. In a bid to use up a Groupon coupon, we went bowling on a Friday night, only to discover that it was cosmic bowling night. The neon cast given to many ordinary objects made blacklight photography irresistible. Unfortunately, the same adjective could not be used to describe my many failed attempts to produce a single strike.
Dwarf English Daisies
This gallery contains 3 photos. With their round, oversized heads, the cute-as-a-button Polar variety of these English Daisies remind me of cotton puff balls. Some yellow geraniums snuck into the first photo, but I won’t hold it against them.
Don’t Be Waspish
Stop and Smell the Azaleas
Spotted at one of our local nurseries. Sunnyside Nursery isn’t the biggest nursery in Delta, but with this one and an Eastern Island head sculpture that’s almost the same scale as the original, you’ll stop and smell the azaleas. Yes, that is a palm tree to the left — face + palm, get it? A little rebus joke.
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