Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Flying Squirrels

My backyard in Southwestern Ontario is now home to a family of Northern Flying Squirrels.
Now they could be Southern or a hybrid of the two species and from what I have read so far, the two kinds are almost impossible to tell apart without a DNA test.

This is my first time experiencing them in the wild. I have only seen a flying squirrel in a zoo. 

We have a fire pit in the back of our yard and occasionally a raccoon will come down and say hello but it has been months since I've seen one. We also have a good-sized bat population and when I first saw the squirrels spread out on the bark I mistook them for a strange fuzzy bat.

They didn't appear too afraid of us and seemed more annoyed than frightened at the cell phone shining in their wee faces.  They have been coming down the tree every night for a while now eating the bird feeder leftovers including the handful of blueberries left specifically for them :)

Staking out the feeder at night is becoming a new hobby! 

Pic by Chris Sankey 

You can read more about The Northern Flying Squirrel on the Canadian Wildlife Federation page.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Free Stock Images - Floral Photographs

* July 2020 update : I have added a few more recent photos taken by me and some beautiful pictures of roses taken by my daughter in California. (bottom of the original post)

By Alora Willow

Here are some beautiful vintage original floral photographs scanned from Kodachrome slides. 

I have been saving these up over the years to make greeting cards. Most of the photos were taken in the 1950s and 60s.  

Feel free to download them for use in Blogging, Junk Journals, scrapbooking, cardmaking or print them and hang them on a wall :)

I have also started to separate them on pages by colour.

New Images!

Trumpet Vine

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