Sunday, May 9, 2021

Early Spring Sightings

 A quick stop at the Discovery Nature Sanctuary on April 10 yielded a few early spring images.

On one of the ponds two male Mallards were slowly gliding along,creating interesting lines in the calm water.



One of last years Milkweed pods still had a few seeds hanging on. These thin filaments glisten in any small amount of light.



I also checked out a known field of Prairie Crocuses. It was even a little early for them, but they still showed some beauty.



Some of the flower buds were just emerging from the cold ground. They are hard to see, as they blend in with the ground so well.



I love the soft look of these special flowers. 



The Prairie Crocus is the flower of Manitoba, so therefore it is illegal to dig them up or even to pick them. it is best to walk carefully and take as many pictures as you want. This assures us that these flowers will be around for others to enjoy.



Nowadays, it is not that easy to find these flowers,but I remember as a child we used to pick many of them. They were growing in abundance in almost any pasture. Back then we did not know that they were a protected species, or maybe they were not even listed as such then.


Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful.

20 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

This is something new to me, I have never heard of Prairie Crocus. Maybe there are none in this area. They are gorgeous!

Shug said...

So much beauty all around us. great pictures of the cute little lavender flowers. Happy Mother's Day Ruth.

happyone said...

Such pretty little flowers. You are right there is beauty all around us.

Hootin' Anni said...

You and I agree...there is beauty (and serenity) all around!!!

MadSnapper said...

I can see why people would want to dig up those flowers. they are so pretty and I love all the little furries on all the flowers today. the line painting ducks are fanatastic.. like natures etch a sketch... love that

George said...

The Prairie Crocus is beautiful. I hope it is still around for many years to come.

William Kendall said...

Those flowers are quite pretty.

Linda W. said...

Love the crocuses! They are lovely.

Marie Smith said...

The crocuses are such delicate and pretty blooms.

Louis Dallara said...

Ruth; Thanks for the spring flowers photographs. Be Well Lou

Aritha said...

Prairie Crocuses?
New for me.
Thank you so much. I love it.

LC said...

Introduction to the prairie crocuses was a treat, and the photo of the duck was gorgeous!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Love the Mallards...what a beautiful scene! And your little Prairie Crocuses are very sweet. We don't have crocuses in Florida. I love that you are seeing more signs of spring. Warmer days ahead! Enjoy!

E. said...

way cool. i love it ... very neat to see so many detailed photos. what fun! happy week for you. ( ;

Rose said...

You always find beautiful things...I love these prairie crocuses. I wonder if they grow around here. If I can retain it in my mind, I want to look it up.

I liked how calm the water was for the mallards.

Debbie said...

the gliding mallards are so sweet, and so often overlooked!!

the pretty milkweed pod has so much interesting detail, the prairie crocuses as well!!

Rose L said...

The ducks look like they are on a string line!! Cool shots.

photowannabe said...

Boy, these are all so lovely.
I love the filaments showing on the milkweed.
The lines are fascinating on the Mallard shot.
Sue

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I love crocuses! Your photos are great!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Wow! These photos are awesome. This is indeed a thing of beauty that we need to take the opportunity to see.

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