My life tends to be full of tasks and I don’t often slow down enough to notice small stuff. This spring however, I’ve been taking the time to inspect the new flowers I planted this spring; a variety of rudebekia, daisies and coneflowers; and the birds and bugs that have visited me. I have hopes that my observations will help me in artistic endeavors in future! But I am certainly enjoying the opportunity to slow down and see the daily changes.
This Rudebekia has been opening slowly and the petals have been lengthening. Here is a photo of it from this weekend, approximately 1 week later:
You can see the center becoming fuzzier the longer it is open.
This is another Rudebekia of a different variety. This plant is covered in blooms right now.
This is the last of the Rudebekia varieties to bloom. This plant has only put up one flower stalk and has been progressing very slowly.
My orange coneflower keeps adding on new blooms. It’s really striking!
I had a parsley plant that not only survived the winter, but thrived – growing into a 4’ tall bush. These guys have been munching on it and making a dent in the seed heads by a small bit. More of them show up each day and I guess the mature ones are dropping off to form their cocoons.
I’ve never seen a green fly before, but this guy has been hanging around my rudebekia and I managed to catch him on the rock lily bloom with a Micro lens.
I noticed this spider hanging in thin air. It took me quite a while to find its web and even longer to get it in the frame in focus.
This nice lady, a black crested nuthatch, has babies in one of the birdhouses on my back patio. I noticed her eralier in the year scoping it out, but enver heard babies in it so didn’t realize she’d laid eggs in the nest I discovered there. The wren family is in another birdhouse on the patio so it makes for interesting listening when both mom’s are delivering meals.