Sunday, May 24, 2009
Rainy Days Bring May Treasures
The base of this oak tree in our woods is always covered with Christmas ferns and moss. After several rainy days, it's perfect.
The rains also bring out the box turtles. This one was trying to cross the road so my husband brought him up on our land where he stayed for awhile, then went back down to the road again.
Another common sight after any rain is the toad, like this one on our deck.
Our yard was covered with Buttercups. I hesitated to mow but finally broke down and mowed for the first time in early May. After one day, the buttercups popped up again, just shorter. I also let the dandelions grow since I noticed my honey bees like to work them.
Here, my dog Kookie (all 86 pounds of her) runs through the back pasture which was covered with buttercups up until this week.
This Columbine was also blooming in early May although this wildflower prefers rocky, dry soils unlike the buttercup which likes moist soil.
May is not complete without a photo of the Wild Geranium, here with a pollinating fly or bee and another getting ready to land.
I have been looking forward to seeing the Black Locust tree bloom this year because beekeepers said that honey bees feed on the nectar. I did not see any honey bees on this tree even though it is only about 10 feet from my hive. The smell of the blossoms is so sweet I don't see how my bees could miss it. Perhaps they went to larger trees which were also covered with blossoms. However, other pollinators were abundant including bumble, carpenter and several other types of bees along with butterflies. Ants and beetles were roaming the twigs and leaves, making for a very active tree.