Trilliums!

Beautiful Trilliums, and some unidentified flowers from Voyager:  “Today I actually found two red Trilliums. They are quite rare and only last a day or two. The white trilliums are up, but not open yet. They last much longer, generally about two weeks. We also have a variegated green and white Trillium that is unique to our woods. The colour variation is actually due to a virus that otherwise doesn’t harm the plant.” Beautiful flowers, and a very interesting plant, too. Click for full size!

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European Larch.

European Larch, one of Charly’s Bonsai trees.

“European Larch Larix decidua. Over 20 years old tree, grown as a bonsai for approximately 15 years. It was found as a seedling near train track where it would be destroyed in subsequent years. I am not too fussy about my trees adhering to Japanese bonsai styles, I do not use the wire or grafting too much and I let the trees mostly “choose” their form by themselves with me only slightly guiding the process through cutting. To a Japanese professional this would probably look as very shoddy work. This year the tree actually bloomed and I find larch blossoms very beautiful, which is why I am sending these as first.”

Back in SoCal, we grew Bonsai trees, and had around 50 of them. We did ours traditionally, our nursery owners were a lovely Japanese couple, who also provided a tree sitting service for when you had to be away, which was so very nice. I did go light on the wire, and tended more toward judicious trimming and cutting. To my eyes, this tree is absolutely beautiful, and I think Charly has done sterling work with it. Click for full size!

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The Daily Bird #331.

A Greater Spotted Woodpecker from Charly, such a beauty! “This time it is a male. He has a strategy for cracking the sunflower seeds, which I was lucky enough to capture – he picks them one by one, places them in a nook between one column and the elevated edge of the feeder bottom where he hammers them to bits. I find this to be quite clever of him, he is the only one whom I spotted to do this and it was not a fluke – he did this multiple times, on the same spot.” That’s one thing that makers of bird feeders don’t take into account, all the birds who use the shove in a crevice and hammer method to get at the nutmeat. A good feeder has some nice cracks or crevices built in! Click for full size.

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