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The Merry Month of May: Sunning, Courting and Bright Bright Blooming

May 21, 2014

It is the merry merry month of May. And May, with all its “goings on” may have been Shakespeare’s favourite month.  We here in the Kootenays could forgiven for believing we have stumbled upon the magical forest of Arcadia. Spring has given us a green, green world filled with brilliant colour and courting creatures. Nest-building, courting, sunning in the gorgeous spring sun and blooming abound.  One expects the blooming of flowers, but the male hummingbirds also “bloom” in their full courtship brilliance.

Ah spring.  “When birds do sing, hey ring a ding ding, Sweet lovers love the spring.”

Nesting Cassin's Vireo

A Nesting Cassin’s Vireo

Shooting Stars

Few-Flowered Shooting Stars


Heart-leaved Arnica – brilliant spring yellow

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker’s Fairybells – a more subtle beauty

Painted Turtle

A sunning Painted Turtle

Rufous Hummingbird

A “blooming” Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

A Rufous Hummingbird in full courship brilliance

Calliope Male (paint effect on photo)

A Calliope Male (paint effect on photo) – flaring his courting feathers


A Compton’s Tortoiseshell enjoying the sun

all photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2014

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