Monday, July 1, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 6

Lilacs. It was a good year for the Lilac Festival!

Rose-breasted Grosbeak. This bird seemed to be feasting on insects that were hidden among the apple blossoms.

Wild Geranium. Notice how the green leaves are extremely sharp and the pink to magenta (i.e., "anti-green") flower petals are not. Apparently my camera only considers the green channel during its automatic focus operation. This is a consistent effect with all pink to magenta objects.

Large-flower Trillium. The daily trillium.

Eastern Comma. This butterfly gets its name from the white "C" underneath its hind wings, as seen here. From underneath this butterfly looks like a dried leaf of autumn.

American Robin. A daily nest check.

Virginia Bluebells. It's hard to capture the sense of beauty of this large solid patch of bluebells. It goes on for quite some distance outside of the picture, left, right, and back.

Virginia Bluebells

Eastern Bluebird. You can just see the big juicy bug that the female is getting ready to carry to the nest to feed a nestling.