Impatiens Capensis, also known as Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not, and Orange touch-me-not, has decided that it likes the conditions in our back yard.
I know it is a weed, but as Eeyore says, “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them”.
They grow in moist shady areas, in woods, streams and river banks. This year we have a lot of moist areas because of the weather, and they are thriving.
They grow as high as 5 feet, and flower from July to September, so they are perfect in our backyard wildflower area.
Their seedpods open very easily, with just a slight touch. This gives them the name “touch-me-not”. The sap from the stems supposedly relieves itches from poison ivy and insect bites.
It’s been awhile since I took some pictures of snapping turtles. We see them in springtime, laying eggs alongside the road. My sister and her husband were here for a short time, and she was hoping to see a snapping turtle. So … we stopped and took some photos.
The next pictures are of one swimming at our beach. I watched it swim past the boat, under the dock, and on past where I was sitting. At first I didn’t know what it was, but soon realized it must be a very big turtle. Wow! And we swim in there.
When I was out in my kayak a week or so ago, I saw something strange floating in the water. As I got closer, it looked like a dragonfly … or two. I wasn’t sure what, but took the picture to find out what it was.
When I looked it up, it seems that this is a dragonfly that has just emerged and has shed its skin on the plant. Wow!
It reminded me of how we are changed when we turn our lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ. We become a new creation.
This spring it seems like it has rained more often than other years. Our spring runoff wasn’t too bad, but then the rain started. We had flooding at our place, and all around us, there were people dealing with flooding. It has not been an easy spring for people.
Places near the water were hit the most.
When it seemed that it was high, it got higher still.
It has not only affected people, but has also affected some of the birds. The mallards were looking to set up nests, but we have not seen any ducklings. The nests must have gotten washed out.
This duck used our shed to roost on. Is it too much water even for her?
And then we saw this groundhog – up on a stump enjoying what little sun we have had.
We have seen him up there several times. Does this indicate that the ground is pretty saturated?
It reminds me of tough times that we can be going through. We don’t have to face our problems alone if we belong to the Lord and turn our problems over to Him.
I have a bridal wreath spiraea in my backyard that has grown much bigger than I expected. This year, with all of the rain we had, the plant put out a gorgeous display.
When I looked for information about the spiraea, I found that the flowers have been used for bridal wreaths which are worn on the bride’s head.
I have a few flowers coming up in our gardens, so thought I would put some pictures up of them.
I’ve been playing around with taking silhouettes over the last few years, so thought I would upload some of these. Several are in black and white as I was experimenting with this also.
During migration times, we often see buffleheads on our lake. Often they are here in the spring even before all of the ice is gone from our lake. They are quite shy when they are on our lake and it’s very difficult to get close to them.
Buffleheads are North Americas’s smallest ducks. They are sea ducks and are usually seen diving for their food. The males are black and white, with a large white patch on their glossy green and purple heads. The females are much more subdued with gray-brown feathers.
They are mostly monogamous, and often keep the same mate for several years. Apparently one has lived to at least 18 years.
I chose this verse because it is good to remember that if we know the Lord, our strength comes from Him. We do not need to be timid like the buffleheads.
We have quite a variety of birds that visit our yard.