Monday, 23 April 2012

April Blues and Greens

       As you may have figured out already,  blue is one of my favorite colors, even if the "blue" of flowers is more or less purple.  I finally found a decent bloom on my camellia this year!  Most are tinged with brown spots or brown edges. The sweet woodruff is one of those plants that can get a little aggressive in the growth department, but it makes a lovely ground cover for shady areas. I love the interesting spring growth on columbine and balloon flower. Thanks for stopping by!
Anemone Blanda 'blue star'

Glory of the Snow Chinodoxa

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)
Camellia Pink Perfection
Bright red growth on  Pieris 'Forest Flame'
Chive buds

Sweet Woodruff
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Balloon Flower (platycodon 'Fuji Blue')

Monday, 9 April 2012

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

We took a trip out to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, BC a couple of weeks ago to see the nesting heron colony. A better camera would have come in very handy, but it was still neat to see so many nests and herons (if you look close) sitting or standing near their nests. They also have many feeders set up near the Rotary Interpretive Centre and this would be a great place to just sit and watch the birds come by.  Much to my husbands dismay, we also found many snakes enjoying the warm spring sunshine. 
Great Blue Heron Nesting Colony
Seen from our walk on the Dyke
Coming in for a landing
On the Ground
The back of the Rotary Interpretive Centre with seating
Downy Woodpecker at one of the feeders
Red-winged Blackbird
Just one of many bridges
Giant Tree
The Vedder River
A friendly Cat
Anyone know what these are?
The Observation Tower
Picnic table down below
A game

Family Photo