May is always a busy month what with spring wildflowers, returning birds, and so on. 
COVID was still interfering but there was lots of things to catch my eye including flowers, birds, snakes, turtles, frogs, rusted cars, murals etc
I came across more garter snakes than usual this year, maybe because I was out more? 
Outside Almonte I had a face to face discussion with one and was fascinated with the tongue sensing the air.
Then another garter snake, this one in town, led me to a “nest” of 4-5. I managed to get a shot with 3 still in the “nest”.

The annual tulip festival provided many missed opportunities, but I was happy with a few. 
I was quite pleased with the serendipitous abstract "tulip bubbles".

The early spring produced three types of trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpits, trout lilies, squirrel corn, columbine and on and on..
Painted trillium
Painted trillium
white trillium
white trillium
red trillium
red trillium
spring beauty
spring beauty
trout lily
trout lily
trout lily
trout lily
trout lily
trout lily
two-leafed toothwort
two-leafed toothwort
squirrel corn
squirrel corn
jack-in-the-pulpit
jack-in-the-pulpit
blue violet
blue violet
yellow violet
yellow violet
bugleherb
bugleherb
apple blossoms
apple blossoms
apple blossom
apple blossom
grass in bloom
grass in bloom
columbine
columbine
star flower
star flower
clintonia
clintonia
lily-of-the-valley
lily-of-the-valley
honeysuckle
honeysuckle
honeysuckle
honeysuckle
phlox
phlox
phlox
phlox
foam flower
foam flower
dogwood/bunchberry
dogwood/bunchberry
wood sorrel
wood sorrel
daffodil
daffodil

My "can’t pass a wood duck without taking a picture" syndrome added to the wood duck collection, along with pictures of Canada geese (ugh), American restart, phoebe. A mourning dove who was reluctantly accustomed to people entering the door beneath her nest caught my eye. The ravens were nesting at Mud Lake again this year, the nest was difficult to see, but not hard to hear. As were the fledglings after leaving the nest. Ravens also operated a wake-up service at home one morning.
male wood ducks
male wood ducks
male wood ducks
male wood ducks
female wood duck
female wood duck
woo duck pair looking for a hollow in a tree for a nest
woo duck pair looking for a hollow in a tree for a nest
wood duck action
wood duck action
male mallard duck
male mallard duck
red-tailed hawk
red-tailed hawk
red-tailed hawk
red-tailed hawk
great blue heron
great blue heron
phoebe
phoebe
phoebe nest
phoebe nest
black-crowned night heron
black-crowned night heron
male cardinal
male cardinal
northern flicker
northern flicker
house wren building nest
house wren building nest
house wren with unusual nest box
house wren with unusual nest box
house wren with unusual nest box
house wren with unusual nest box
Canada goose and painted turtles
Canada goose and painted turtles
Canada goose gosling
Canada goose gosling
Canada goose families
Canada goose families
red-winged blackbird
red-winged blackbird
American redstart
American redstart
yellow warbler
yellow warbler
mourning dove
mourning dove
juvenile ravens on nest
juvenile ravens on nest
ravens
ravens

Water Creatures
painted turtle
painted turtle
painted turtle
painted turtle
map turtle
map turtle
painted turtle with snapping turtle
painted turtle with snapping turtle
map and painted turtles
map and painted turtles
bull frog
bull frog
bull frog
bull frog
mosquito equipped bull frog
mosquito equipped bull frog
leopard frog
leopard frog
muskrat
muskrat
muskrat
muskrat

New Growth
I thought it was very considerate of the beaver to plant a new seedling at the base of the two trees he had just harvested.
maple seeds
maple seeds
fern
fern
fern
fern
fern spikes
fern spikes
horsetail
horsetail
horsetail
horsetail
Poison ivy
Poison ivy
Miscellaneous
red squirrel
red squirrel
decoy coyote fending off geese
decoy coyote fending off geese
muralized staircase
muralized staircase
muralized staircase
muralized staircase
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