If last december weather let me do some gardening, April and May have been cold, windy, rainy… as the recent Mississauga marathon showed.
Now, the call of spring was stronger!
Here are some stars of my June garden…
Clematis, Peonies, and a daisy growing at the foot of a brick wall!
This week has been the first that let me indulge in my two favorite leisures: gardening and…
I always find a lot of hidden treasures in those garage sales! This time I returned with a small wooden writing table that I’m already using.
(Pluto photographied by LORRI and Ralph instruments on the New Horizons, spacecraft)
Pluto is technically a dwarf planet since 2006, but it changes nothing to the sense of wonder. Pluto surprised everyone with this heart-shaped geological feature!
Colors are boosted since only a small fraction of our sunlight reaches the Pluto system. The dwarf planet has known activity periods, and this 2000 km wide flaming heart maybe composed of nitrogen ice.
New satellites (Hydra, Nix since 2004, Kerberos and Styx) added themselves to the larger Charon).
The sense of wonder of those pictures should not make us forget the long years of preparation by NASA astronomers and other teams, the nine-year voyage of the New Horizons craft, travelling more than 5 billions km in spirals to take advantage of the Jupiter sling-shot effect to boost acceleration.
Science, unlike movies where everything goes fast (problem detection, hypothesis, analysis, solution finding), needs time. Reality is years of painstaking preparation for a few second of scintillating results. Followed by more months and years of analysis, that may help us to learn more about the solar system origins. The freshly transmitted pictures show impressive mountains and canyons…
A northern cardinal perches on the vines
reminding me of my departed father
an enthousiast bird watcher
who left me all his guides!
May the next year be filled with light and creativity!
A close-up of a magnificient Lily in full bloom. Picture taken near a garden, in Montréal. I was on site for a comic arts event, the FBDM.
This pic was taken last February in my garden, by minus 20 Celsius. The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis, don’t you love Latin!) and the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) seemed to observe a truce, in order to keep their energy. They nestled in the center of a wildrose bush invaded by the vines. The junco appears more blue than gray.
Below is a better view of the cardinal, before the approach of a squirrel had the two birds hopping away. (In this very dense foliage, none could immediately fly away.)
Those pics were taken through the windowpane, so the diminished/whitish colors were accentuated afterward in Gimp.
Summer is here, and blooming! Here are a few smiles from my garden. You may use the pics at your convenience!
Perfectly ripe! Nature is as generous as last year, and we have to invite neighbors to gather the fruits!
Ze mighty raspberry patch!
(Yes you may have some, provided you come here!)
An unexpected guest! Last year and the year before, I thought those sticks sprouting from my peonies were weeds (and you know how I deal with weeds...)
The wisteria is no more, but we have some unusual four-legged visitors!!
Never letting his or her guard down. Always on the ready. Cottontails lead difficult lives in this urban environment, what with the cars (Mississauga is the dream city for car dealers) and the wide streets and arteries. They come out veeery early in the morning.
This one was spotted on another street, during my 5h00 early-morning run. Note that the winter spotted fur is shedding, revealing the lighter brown fur. Fortunately, our two huntresses are safely inside the house.
Our two fierce huntresses, Maggie and Minnie, taking a break. (Picture taken on another day.)
And, last but not least, the ultimate proof that summer in upon us… a fiery day-lily (hemerocalle)!
Yes you can!
(…use it as a background picture.)
For you all, I offer those few smiles from my garden. You may use the pics at your convenience!
The pale pink blossoms against the dark red leaves of the exotic Prunus
Two tender pansies already gone
Three luminous daisies in the shadow
…across from the trio of daisies, wisterias bloom. They had waited three years!
Shy blue flowers like a forget-me-not
Peonies in full glory !
Raised arms violet flowers, non identified yet.
The Lupines- and all others plants – do appreciate the garden composter!