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Tom Turkey and hens. Spring is here! … without physical distancing for them …. (Photo by RobinH.)
Turkey tom and hens
Tom Turkey and hens. Spring is here! … without physical distancing for them …. (Photo by RobinH.)
Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs calling beside the road, early April 2020. (recorded by DawnR.
Silver Maple male flowers about to bloom. (Photo by DawnR)
Silver Maple flowers beginning to bloom. (Photo by DawnR)
SIlver Maple male flowers. Female flowers on a different tree. The left flowers are shedding pollen, which is the yellow dust. The stamens in the right hand flowers are not quite ready to open and shed pollen into the wind. (Female flowers are on different trees.)
SIlver Maple female flowers. Male flowers on a different tree. I can’t see any dusty pollen on the hair stigmas that stick out into the wind to catch the male pollen floating by.
Each ring is the remnant of the bud scales that protected the dormant flowers from July when the terminal bud was formed until April when the bud burst and grew last year.

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Low-resolution time-lapse of the emergence of a Swift River Cruiser dragonfly, Beech Lake, near Carnarvon, Ontario. I took 1 frame every 10 seconds, and there are Just over 1000 frames in this movie (i.e., what you’re seeing here took place over 2 ¾ hours!) I have a second time-lapse that follows this, showing the wings hardening and being exercised — and suddenly, whoosh! …

This is not a fancy movie taken under controlled conditions in a studio;  this is actually as this marvellous event took place on the ‘wild’ of a cottage deck.

 

Northern River Otter Tracks

Northern River Otter tracks,  showing characteristic crescent pattern  (photo by Hart Brasche)
 
 
 

Oregon Cycnia moth     (photo by Mark Whitcombe)

Beetle, possibly a chrysomelid leaf beetle

Beetle, possibly a chrysomelid leaf beetle  (Photo by Mark Whitcombe)

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