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“Basket O’ Plenty”


“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.”
– Debby Boone

The next stage after the blooming of a flower, is the seed stage. I suppose I was surprised to see several of the Queen Anne’s Lace plants were already at this stage, so early in the season.

I call this the “basket” stage. The flowers have been pollinated and the seeds begin to form. In the case of Queen Anne’s Lace, the florets stems collapse inward, forming a basket of seeds. Thought it’s just the start of August, I know I will be seeing these ‘baskets’ well into winter, as the plant protects its precious cargo.

I liked the way the sun shone from this particular cluster, lighting up the seeds within, almost glowing with life.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Alarm!” – Red Winged Blackbird

“Alarm!” - Red Winged Blackbird

“Laughing in the face of danger doesn’t negate the fear, it simply enables you to smile at it.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

I really wanted to title this “Get off my land!” but, “Alarm!” won out.

This is very typical behaviour for male red winged blackbirds, especially during nesting season. They are very protective of their shoreline nests. The female will also join in with rapid chirps and tail fanning, but the male squeals out loud alarms and puffs itself up when agitated. I’ve seen some dive bomb and peck at people who have inadvertently or deliberately come too close to the nest . This guy was happy to sit on his perch and vocalize his dissatisfaction without getting too aggressive.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @300mm

1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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