As rain was predicted (and arrived) at 11 am, I went out early to the Don Valley near Beechwood Drive. I headed north along the east bank of the Don, crossed the river around Seton Park and returned by the dirt trails that follow the west bank.
This is the week for Honeysuckle blossoms and they were everywhere. Honeysuckle flowers are deeply lobed and irregular.
Our common honeysuckle shrubs are introduced from elsewhere. Morrow Honeysuckle is from Japan and has white blossoms:
Tartarian Honeysuckle is native to Eurasia and has pink blossoms:
These two honeysuckles hybridize to create Lonicera x bella and that is what most of our honeysuckles are.
The Rough-winged Swallow loves the low cut banks of small streams.
I was hearing and catching short glimpses of Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Mourning and Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers but the heavy tree foliage makes it almost impossible to photograph them.
Here are some birds that were seen in the open:
In the great gardens, after bright spring rain,
We find sweet innocence come once again,
White periwinkles, little pensionnaires
With muslin gowns and shy and candid airs. – Dame Edith Sitwell (1887–1964)
OK call me “picky” but I believe it’s Common English name is “Northern Rough-winged Swallow.” True?
God, how I miss this place! Thank you, Miles, for doing the hike for me (and so many others). And such beautiful pictures!
I really like rainy day photos a lot. They have a special feel to them.
Thank you for sharing.