Nature continues to keep me in wonder as after the rains there is such a burst of life, visible when you pause and take it in.
The first thing to catch my eye was the morning dew along with some raindrops decorating the honeysuckle.
Honey Suckle Decorated With Raindrops and Dew
In the pine meadow behind our house the false Solomon seal was carpeting the forest floor with it's blooms.
False Solomon Seal Carpets the Forest Floor
Close Up False Solomon Seal Bloom Filled With Raindrops
As I walked down our lane the butterflies flitted before me landing on the second flush of dandelion blooms.
Close Up Skipper Butterfly on Dandelion Bloom
When the skipper opened it's wings it was interesting to see how furry it's body was and such a lovely green color.
Skipper Butterfly Showing Coloring on It's Wings and Body
There was lots of swallowtail butterflies drinking nectar from the dandelions too.
Close Up Swallowtail Butterfly Showing Side View of Wing and Body
Close Up Swallowtail Butterfly Showing Under Side of Wings
Further up the road the pussy toes were in bloom. I love the silver mat their leaves create but I love it even more when the cute little blooms appear.
Close Up Bloom of the Pussy Toes
I spotted the first of the wild roses in bloom - and did I stop to smell the roses? You bet and they smelt oh so sweet!
Close Up First Bloom of the Wild Rose
There was a pair of ravens making quite a ruckus. They were carrying on from a dirt mound which I image had numerous bugs and worms on it
Pair of Ravens on Dirt Mound 1 Cawing and 1 Looking for Food
Ravens are quite powerful birds - look at the beak on this fellow...
Close Up Raven Showing Powerful Beak
Then off they go to carry on their playfulness up in the tree top
Close Up Raven in Flight With Something In It's Beak
Listen in to their antics...
Over on the power pole I had a surprise visit from a flicker. They are another bird with a powerful beak.
Close Up a Flicker Showing the Markings On It's Chest
There was a fair bit of wind but this guy must have been shaking his feathers out for they were all puffed up
Cute Flicker With Feathers All Puffed Up
Another spot the flicker appeared was on top of a spruce tree.
Close Up of Flicker on Spruce Tree Top
He didn't stay long then he took off into the tall grass probably to catch a meal of bugs.
Flicker Ready to Take Off From Treetop
Higher up in the sky the turkey vulture was circling around in search of his meal. It's fascinating to watch them in flight as they soar in circles most of the time gliding and riding the air currents.
Close Up Turkey Vulture in Flight
Back on the ground the blackbirds were finding some seeds off the straw that had dropped in the grass. There was red wing blackbirds and yellow headed blackbirds.
Red Wing Blackbird Walking in Grass Looking for Food Along With Female Yellow Headed Blackbird
There was even a thrush joining in the food fest.
Male Yellow Headed Blackbird With Seed Thrush Still Looking
There was a breeding pair of yellow headed blackbirds with the male puffing himself up chasing the female.
Male Yellow Headed Blackbird Puffing Himself Up to Approach Female
Up in the poplar tree the red wing blackbird was singing his song which is quite lovely. There was too much wind or I would have recorded it for you.
Red Wing Blackbird Singing From the Poplar Tree
Where a pond had formed in the farmers field there were a few families of geese there with goslings at different stages of growth in each family.
Pair of Canada Geese Male On Watch Female On Nest Under the Tree
Mother Goose and Larger Goslings Grooming Themselves
2 Families of Canada Geese 1 Swimming 1 On Shore Looking On
When the first family of geese picked up on me watching them they too took to the water and swam off to a more sheltered area of the pond.
Pair of Canada Geese Swimming With 8 Goslings
That's it for this walk. I hope you enjoyed it. It amazes me what a difference a good rain makes with the diversity of life coming forth to enjoy the sunshine afterwards.
This is my Amazing Nature Contest June 2021 - #02 entry. See details here
The photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.