New discoveries

1315/28th August 2023

Turned my head at just the right moment,


to be delighted, seeing hummingbirds at the buddleia.


Ever on the look-out for new flora, this morning my eyes lit on this vision by the pain clinic parking lot.

Fall being in evidence, I didn’t pay as much attention as I should, snapping a couple of pictures and getting in the car instead of going closer.


As far as I know I have never seen this before. I was quite surprised when I downloaded the images.

According to PlantNet this could be Burning bush.

or…Flowering dogwood.


There are always new things to discover.

On the way home I got out of the car to take a picture of back-lit grasses.

Back-lighting appeals to me.

And this led me to another new thing…


What was this jolly looking plant?

While not inclined to touch it, I needed to investigate.


Great burdock, it turns out.

We actually have burdock, so I must make an inspection as I’m sure I would have noticed spikes like this!

While I was checking out prickles, Grant found something more delicate.




Earlier this morning as the Sun tried in vain to pierce the mist, I surveyed a soggy scene.

Always good for a picture or two.

What makes Yarrow “noble” as opposed to “common”?


Mine is bound to be the common kind.

Though I think it’s quite noble for anything to grown in my wilderness.


While I was out in the mist, I remembered to check on the Roses of Sharon.


Just as well because there were new blooms.

Seeing that the bushes were being trimmed frequently, we assume by deer, I had begun to fear we would see no more flowers.

Innocent until proven guilty. We haven’t actually seen deer in the act!


Nobody will admit to finding it creepy that I added a bird beak to my feather collection. “Odd” was a more polite way of putting it!

Maybe it’s that after bringing a human skull home in my baggage, there are fewer things that seem creepy to me.


The human skull story goes way back.

I have written about it before, but if you’d like the details, I certainly have not forgotten!

Interestingly, bringing a bird beak into the USA could have got me in trouble.

A human skull? No problem. Not endangered, you see.

8 thoughts on “New discoveries

  1. I am so jealous of you having Hummingbirds in America. I often wonder why we don’t have them here, as the weather is mostly similar, if not quite as hot in summer.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Well no. I have a lot of feathers collected over years. When I found the tiny beak I just placed it in among some of them. Hopefully I won’t find another!

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