Waxy

A Cedar Waxwing trying to hide behind some leaves. This photo was taken on August 2, 2021 in Cataraqui North. The “wax” in their name comes from the waxy red secretions found on the tips of their wing feathers. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/overview)

Loveliness

Lavatera surrounded by Cosmos foliage. This photo was taken on August 6, 2021 in our garden. These flowers attract birds.

Lighter Adult

A Monarch Butterfly snacking on thistle. This photo was taken on August 6, 2021 in Cataraqui North. Mature butterflies (0.41 grams) weigh much less than their younger caterpillar self (1.5 grams).

“Little Calendar”

Water droplets on a Calendula. This photo was taken on July 15, 2021 in our garden. The flowers and leaves can be eaten fresh or dried, although they are a bit bitter.

Pretty Poison

A trickle of sunlight on a lily. This photo was taken on July 15, 2021 close to home. These pretty flowers are poisonous to cats and humans.

Introduced

St. John’s wort against a purple and yellow background. This photo was taken on June 28, 2021 in Cataraqui North. These flowers were introduced from Europe.