Devil’s golden haircut

Three-phased flare-up

Three-phased flare-up

A sandy, almost desert-like section of Weltz Park was flecked with impressionistic paint dots of sunny yellow cactus flowers.

The Devil’s-tongue cacti (Opuntia humifusa) were in various stages of bloom, but enough were at peak glow to color the landscape nicely.

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Wicker-work loving cup

Father's day

Father’s day

Mother's day

Mother’s day

Suspended near the end of a branch as if in a hot air balloon basket, at least two Baltimore oriole chicks (perhaps more) were just beginning their world tour from their cup-shaped nest.

Both parents were dedicated to their well-being, taking turns in their tending & feeding.

(Earlier post about an oriole.)

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Drink in the pink

Watch on delicate

Watch on delicate

Like fuchsia sprinkles shaken here and there along a grassy park path, dainty Deptford pink flowers (Dianthus armeria) brighten the way.

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Rock kinder garden

Killdeer was here

Killdeer was here

If this Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) hadn’t let out a loud note in time, we might’ve inadvertently stepped on it or its eggs.

Along the edge of a park’s gravel lot, it had made just enough of an indentation in the rocks to place a couple of very well camouflaged eggs (left of bird).

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Hide and peek

Inground groundhog

Inground groundhog

Living with at least three other siblings, these two little woodchucks stayed close to one of their burrow entrances for quick skedaddling if necessary.

(Earlier posts about woodchucks and groundhogs.)

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Lanceleaf tickweed, Secret Primp

Sunny butter sundial

Sunny butter sundial

Ready for its close-up, this bright golden Lanceleaf tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) sat in profile with flowery head held high.

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Mission of love

Mr. and

Mr. and

Mrs.

Mrs.

Possibly in the process of setting up a nest or scoping out a suitable place for one, this Orchard oriole couple (Icterus spurius) seemed to have a specific goal in mind.

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