Spring is most definitely here.
The lawns are abloom with tiny spring flowers that are not always easy for the wee camera to photograph. But by gum, yesterday the light must have been just right for the camera to capture this dandelion,
and even this tiny flower on a plant I was given and have no idea what it is.
No blooms yet in the back garden, but I did come across this feather.
Even though there are no flowers, everything is growing splendidly, and I love the green of spring.
Yesterday, we put out the hummingbird feeders.
Already, the little will-o’-the-wisps have begun coming to the feeder.
It is not easy for me to get a picture of them, but I’ll keep trying.
58 thoughts on “I’ll Keep Trying”
It’s nice to have the migrant birds back. Hummers at my new fuchsia. Warblers by the river. For the past 3 days, we’ve had a wood thrush calling in the back woods. I hope it finds a mate and stays– I love their melodious song.
Your mystery plant is lungwort (Pulmonaria).
Oh, Eliza – for YEARS I tried to figure out what the “harmonics” bird was (that’s what I called them.) I heard them on walks and even around our house, but never saw one and had no idea how to look up a bird by its song. I don’t remember how I figured it out, but I finally realized it was a wood thrush and it remains my favorite song.
Aren’t they just amazing? They have two vocal chords that they can vibrate at different frequencies, thus the ventriloquistic rendering of their song. Sublime!
Two vocal chords! I did not know that.
To me, it always sounds as thought they are playing tiny panpipes. But that’s how my mind runs. 😉
Oh, wow – I had no idea they have two vocal chords! That’s why it’s two notes at the same time. So cool! Thanks!
Thanks so much, Eliza! What a name! Fingers crossed that the wood thrush finds a mate and stays.
Beautiful colours of spring. Enjoy these times.
Lovely, looking forward kinda post.
Gives me something to do and keeps me out of trouble.
Bring on SPRING and SUMMER!
Your pictures are beautiful!
Your dandelion picture is lovely. I concur with Eliza about your hairy plant. It’s quite an unusual shade, so a little treasure. I scanned the last for blurs – this could be the start of a Nugget style puzzle.
The hummingbird was on the far side and therefore not visible. But, Susan, as I note in my piece, I’ll keep trying. Especially for you but also for others who love those little whirring beauties.
All that greenery… spring is really happening for you and summer still to come! Always lovely to see the birds.
Yes, at last! Hooray!
When the hummingbird feeders go up, you know it’s really spring. Enjoy it, my friend!
I agree with Eliza about the pulmonaria. They are pretty flowers.
Lovely to see spring and no more snow appearing when it shouldn’t!
You bet! Holy cats!
Pulmonaria is always called lungwort. This time of year, it really puts on a show and then goes to green leaves. Mine have multiple pastel colored blooms. It is probably the only plant I have that produces flowers with multiple colors. Happy spring.
What an ugly name for such a delicate plant. 😉 I noticed two different colored flowers on the same plant. Love it!
I especially enjoyed seeing the violets. It was the flower I picked and made into bouquets for my mother when I was still quite young. I’m always surprised by the variety of greens in spring; just when I think I’ve surely seen them all, another shade appears. Your back yard looks like the perfect spot for enjoying them all.
Thanks, Linda! Our backyard is a delight. How lucky we are to have it.
I was hoping Eliza would have visited to identify the flower–sure enough! I’m glad you keep trying, Laurie, and glad the snow is gone!
Oh, me, too! Yes, Eliza came to the rescue and so did several other blogging friends. Wonderful!
Excellent little flower photos. Does your camera have a macro setting?
It does, and that’s what I used to get those pictures.
I make no pretence to be good a photography so I always appreciate the trouble others go to to get good shots. Great to see the spring flowrrs arriving and to know that soon you will be able to sit out on your patio more often. Have a good summer!
Many thanks! Patio time has arrived, and yesterday we had tea in the garden.
Lovely spring photos – we’re a bit past all the green ‘freshness’ now and moving into more summery flowers and plants.
I’m always trying to photograph one of the hummingbird moths we get here but it’s very difficult and haven’t managed it yet. Do you have those moths there? I don’t think I ever saw them in England.
We do have hummingbird moths here. If one comes, I’ll get a picture of it for my blog. They are easier to photograph than the birds.
Yes – pulmonaria. Well done with your little camera.
Lovely to see all the greenery with a few flowers beginning to bloom Laurie and the patio looks very inviting! xxx
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and beautiful corner of Maine!
I love love love spring! May is my favorite even when it snows! We’re in bloom around here for sure…I think your camera (and you!) did a fine job capturing spring in your yard!
What lovely pictures… I envy you your hummingbirds. I remember staying in a b&b in Vermont and being captivated by all the birds coming to the feeder just outside the breakfast room window… you part of the world truly has some fabulous avian residents.
Love those fluttering beauties that come to our yard.
Loved seeing the photo of the violets. It reminded my of our years in New England. The shady parts of our apple orchard would be coated with them. 😊
Yes, the violets are on the shady parts of our lawn. Because we live in the woods, there are plenty of shady parts. 😉
happy happy spring!!
Your yard looks like it is coming alive with spring flowers, Laurie! I miss the New England violets, too.
I’ve had so much extra time at home these days that dandelions have been few and far between, thanks to lots of weeding. On the other hand, I’ve mostly decided to let the violets have their way in the garden.
Right now, for the bees’ sake, we are holding off on mowing our lawn until June. While the lawn might be a little shaggy, the profusion of wildflowers is delightful. And the bees are buzzing, buzzing, buzzing.
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