Pondside and/or riverside
All of thee photos were taken near water in East Gwillimbury.
Largest square: This has been an exciting week for me because I had heard there were green herons in our area BUT I had never seen any. Last week we became aware of a pair in a pond very near us! How long thay have been there I don't actually know as they are very well campuflaged. Now that I KNOW they are there, though, I can spot them if I watch carefully for movement. They are stalkers being stalked.
This guy or gal was standing very still on the edge of dense foliage watching for fish or frogs. I had seen it fly down from the lower branches of a birch tree on the edge of the pond but I spent many minutes trying to find where it was hiding. Aha! Walking around the pond a way I saw its reflection so I silently crept back to see if I could get closer. He/she saw me...but I snapped this photo before he flew to other side of the pond.
Moving clockwise: water droplets! The clouds have finally let loose of some water and our drought is ended. Next: Elecampane (Inula helenium) - a sunflower-like flower; common milkweed pods (Aesclepias syriaca) starting to mature; spotted knapweed (Centurea biebersteinii) - considered a noxious weed in many places across Canada (one plant can produce as many as 20,000 seeds!); and bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) - a cup of leaves whirled in a blender with two cups of water is said to make a fine soap for washing dishes or fine lingerie (don't take my word for it, though, as I just happened to read that somewhere).
Please note that I include the botanical names because they remain the same around the world but the common names vary.
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