As we edge into September, it seems the dog days of summer may be behind us. In Ottawa, this is when I start to get edgy. For someone with seasonal instincts honed in Alberta, the trees are still too green, the flowers still too flowery. It isn’t that I want autumn to be upon us, exactly, but it feels like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
So, out in the country for lunch one day last week, it was nice to see fully formed sunflowers, which at least suggests the end of the growing season. And it was nice of the property owner to invite me around the split-rail fence to stand with my back to the sun.
Back at home, the embarrassingly named hydrangea is obviously tuned for this climate, just now coming into full fragrant flower, happily attracting bees and an insect that looks like a wasp. And may even be one.
The game with bees is to try to catch one in mid-air and in strong enough sunlight to freeze the wing motion. Bees, it turns out, usually feed in the slight shade afforded by a bit of leaf or petal cover. Are they hiding from predators? Dunno.
As for the wasp-like insects, they fly around as if they’re blind, bumping into flowers, leaves, and each other. The game here is to catch them in full sunlight but fully still. Based on my photo record this week, it’s a worthy game.
Wasp-like insects: 126