Hummingbirds

I’m determined to photograph these little beauties up close in the trees one day. Whether I’ll need to get a much more powerful camera lens or stake out the treetops, I’m not sure. Maybe both. Even though you can barely see them in these photos (look closely!) they are so much prettier photographed in their natural habitat. The middle photo is a different bird’s nest.

hummingbird

nest

hummingbirds

Leaf Collector

Yesterday we came back from another visit to the cottage. I left my leaf and flower press up there, hoping I’d finally have a chance to use it. After all, I’ve only had it for eight or nine years. One of those things.

So on one of our many walks, I collected a few leaves. I really must come up with a container for such things; wild raspberries, dragonfly wings, you know. I always bring my camera on our walks, and I’m usually holding someone’s hand.

leaf book (3)

leaf book (1)

leaf sky

leaf book (5)

leaf book (4)

Anyway, the flower press.

It’s a Microfleur, given to me by a friend who never got around to using it either. It’s about 5×5 inches and couldn’t be easier to use. I pressed 2-4 leaves at a time, for 20-60 seconds in the microwave. That’s it. Next time I will go out in search of some wildflowers. For that I will definitely need something to carry them in. Thinking…

Cottage Season

Our first trip this year was a bit later than usual, but worth the wait. Every year is familiar but always a little different. I have never seen so many dragonflies in past years, and the shy loons have been coming closer to the dock. Maybe I will finally catch a decent picture of them.

It is sweet to walk down the trails with our two-year-old, as she picks flowers and wild strawberries along the way. She loves getting dirty and doesn’t hesitate to climb any rocky hills we encounter. Despite her carsickness and the uncertainty of sleeping in an unfamiliar room, I think it’s going to be a fun summer.

dragonfly hand (2) copy

holding daisies copy

wake robin

I remembered the last photo from a couple of years ago, and thought it went so well with the first two.
I always take so many photos that it’s hard to narrow them down, so be prepared for more!