I am intrigued by vines that grow naturally in Manitoba. Because I think of them as a more tropical plant form, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I see one. And their natural twining abilities impress and amaze me.
I have seen the wild honeysuckle in varying colours, from yellow, to yellow and orange, right on through to a definite red.
I can’t look at a photo of these beautiful flowers without smelling their sweet citrus aroma. The flowers are great for tea.
This violet looks different: longer, thinner petals. Have I discovered a new subspecies, or is it a variation due to soil or climate conditions? Well, it was new to me. I may name it.
This is how most of the violets in the woods look.
This little honey bee was digging down into those pistils and stamens in a nearly delirious way. Its pollen baskets, or corbiculae, on its hind legs were full, but it just couldn’t stop.
A hairy little guy on a hairy little flower.
But the delicate tracery on the fairy-like wings, the translucent sheen, how amazing. And I would never have seen it if it wasn’t for my camera’s close-up function.