Aromatic art in the park

Scented sculpture

Scratch-and-sniff statues

On a bed of straw-like weeds, this grouping of Skunk cabbage formed its own little sculpture park.

(Earlier posts about skunk cabbages.)

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King of the bill

Durantes of the duck world

Durantes of the duck world

Flaunting some of the biggest bills on the lake, Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata) make a stately sight as they glide through the water.

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Eye-pleasing drops

Snowdropsnow

Snowdropsnow

Springtime shuttlecocks

Springtime shuttlecocks

What a difference a day makes — well, two days. With a bit of Friday’s white blanket still in the background, a floral carpet of Snowdrops (genus Galanthus, possibly Galanthus nivalis) filled the foreground.

Hanging like badminton birdies, the pretty white flowers made a strong statement in favor of a seasonal game change.

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Spring snoward

Study in grey

Study in grey

Phantimals

Phantimals

While not a typical first day of Spring around here, it’s certainly been a memorable one.

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High rise house hunters

Spotlight on ospreys

Spotlight on ospreys

This osprey pair (female at right, I think) seemed to be checking out this lower light tower as a possible nesting site.

The sale isn’t final, though, as they may choose one of the taller signal towers instead, which still holds last year’s nest.

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Trick kite treats

Something fishy

Something fishy

Like two koi kites dangling from a pole or long paper lanterns lit from within, these copper-colored leaves floated in the sunshine at the end of an otherwise bare stem.

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Dis sap peering act

Yer just yeller!

Yer just yeller!

Providing a little spot of sunshine on an otherwise grey day, this attractive Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) was limb-walking in search of syrupy deposits, or maybe a few bugs.

Sporting some splendid duds — bright yellow waistcoat with red cap and matching red & black cravat — this little fellow really brightens the bare trees he visits.

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