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Monday, May 07, 2018

A Little Bump on the Road

Sometimes you get a little bump on the road of life....

I am working through that. The road of life sometimes needs some roadwork. I have not been posting as much as usual but hope I will soon get back into it again.

Oh enough of that and here are some photos from the last week. I always have lots of photos to share here.

The camus is out in all the parks and it looks so lovely and all blue.  The tulips are out everywhere bringing in so much color and light. These are the Canada Tulips.

The butterflies are starting, here is a Spring Azure.

Oh and I found this cute little bushtit nest and all you can see is the rear end of the bird going in it. I can think of something but can not write it.

The deer in Oak Bay are all decorated up with lots of jewels and bling. This is part of a plan to gather info in order to use a contraceptive vaccine on them as they are over-populating right now. They radio-collared twenty of the female deer. They do not hurt them.

Hello are you peeking out at me below there.

The baby eagles are getting bigger and bigger now.

But some nests are starting out with smaller babies. I love the view this nest has. The eagles always have the best view.

Oh and the Great Blue Herons are thinking about fixing up the house and getting ready for the new season of babies.

This nest looks dangerous, like it will fall down.

Then today we saw the same Mystery Red-tailed hawk out in Sidney. He was busy looking in the ditches for mice!  A swallow photo bombed the shot for me. He has grown up and is not as friendly to me and the camera now. He is very serious and looks for food. He is not the Spunky hawk I do not think as I think there is a red tail feather there.

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  1. Super photos and enjoyable little bits of video. I hope the "roadworks" don't take too long.

  2. Now you have me wondering what you Can't say about the bushtit. lol

    LOVE the eagle update & everything gorgeous in bloom!

    Thanks for linking up with us at I'd Rather B Birdin...hope your bumpy road is smooth again, real soon.

  3. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could reintroduce some wolves and really control the deer population in a natural way with a normal predator/prey relationship? It is never going to happen, of course, but we sure have screwed up ecosystems.

  4. Beautiful photos. It is good to see the bright flowers.

  5. Wonderful pics,Nora!The blue carpet is beautiful!!Hugs!

  6. I have a few camas plants in a damp spot but it's lovely to see a big patch of them in your photo. I think the contraceptive approach is a good idea. Having deer culled by hunting or predation often causes a lot of controversy. I saw a Mourning Cloak butterfly the other day as well as an orangey-brown butterfly, possibly a Crescent butterfly, and later a pale blue Spring Azure.I just read that the Mourning Cloak butterflies overwinter as adults.
    I hope your bumps in the road are smoothing out. Life can sure have its challenges. Thanks for taking time to share your wonderful photos and stories.

  7. I wonder if the deer without the bling are jealous. Who wouldn't want something merry to wear. That was a funny capture of the bird's end. hahaha. The carpet of blue flowers is so beautiful. I'm not familiar with camus so went and looked it up to see if it's cousin to the lupine that grow wild in our area. Cheers to you, Nora. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  8. Your photos are wonderful! I don't know who names birds but someone should have vetoed bushtits!

  9. Gorgeous photographs Nora I hope you will be feeling up to power soon. Have to dash as going to Opticiaon but will watch videos later. Hope you are having a great week.

  10. The carpet of blue flowers look beautiful. So much wildlife for you to observe. The eaglets are growing quickly.

  11. Lovely images! I hope the road ahead becomes smoother for you.

  12. The Canada tulips are amazing!

    I feel sorry for the deer. I know they have to manage the population (or move the people out) but "contraceptive vaccine" sounds unhealthy.

  13. What a great variety of nature images. I love the bright colors of the flowers and I'm glad to see the eaglets are doing OK, too. I will say a little prayer for your bump in the road.

  14. I am so sorry that you have these health problems and that they are always hanging over your head...hugs....thank goodness for Mother Nature..Michelle

  15. Thanks so much for each comment. Each is read and treasured by me. I know it takes time to leave a comment and I know I do not always reply right away. So I am in awe of how you continue to support my blog. Thanks to the little blog community we have.

  16. Oh, I just realized I've been hoping it was Spunky after your last post. Sigh.
    But so many beautiful photos, and I learned something new..."camas"! Never too old, I guess, and the flowers are lovely.
    The whole idea of huge birds like the heron nesting high in a tree always fascinates me because it feels counterintuitive until I think of osprey. Just my old brain getting confused, I guess.
    HOWever, the bushtit takes the trophy, in my opinion. As I always say "how did anything ever get to be so cute?"
    Thanks for sharing.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel


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