And the nodding yellow lanterns of the clematis tangutica have turned themselves quite delightfully into these silky-tasseled seed heads. Very charming.
There, walking along the Caminho Florestale on the hillside opposite Quinta Moenda where we stayed in rural Portugal, there were also white and yellow flowers (and purple, yes) in this wild garden.
In the rural areas, the stone walls supported gardens of succulents
and various rock plants (something saxifrage-like, I think)
and again, in Lisbon, how gorgeous is this purple!
Here, on our little island, out for a run the other morning, I heard horrendous sounds coming from the heron rookery. Our resident biologist has been keeping us posted and apparently, of the original 22 active nests, at least 5 have failed to bald eagle attacks. So I approached the colony a bit anxiously, thinking that the noisy squawks might be aimed at a predator and that one of the young ones was in danger. At last report, over a week ago, there were 37 young left, then about 4 to 6 weeks old, but I'd heard that some had been taken from their nests since then and worried that I might be witness to another loss. Our biologist neighbour is involved in a Heron Working Group, a BC and Washington study of Great Blue Heron populations, and she says that overall it's been a very poor year for these dramatic, beautiful creatures with many larger colonies having failed -- ours is the only one left from Crofton to north of Parksville, with bald eagles the culprit everywhere.
which is, unfortunately, as much as I can decipher from this inscription,we could look through this opening at the source of a gorgeously rural, very happy sound. It finally dawned on me one day, while saying that I wished I could record the auralscape as well as capture the visuals, that my camera would let me do exactly that. There's some chat in the last second or two that I didn't dare erase for fear of wiping out everything, but the sheep bells are well worth the ten or so seconds of listening time -- I'm sure they'll lead you into the weekend with a smile!