The Colour of Summer

To be technically accurate, here are some photos I took after June 21. Not that I’m partial to the colour yellow, but that’s mostly the colour of our summer woods, greenish yellow.

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Sometimes you can see dots of pink, the Alberta wild rose:

Alberta Wild Rose.jpg

or tiny red fruits:

Summer fruits.jpg

Golden cattails by the water before they ripen into brown candlesticks:


The Pond in summer is quiet. In contrast, the woods host a cacophony of songs and calls, like the tuning of strings and woodwinds before a symphony concert, albeit finding the actual sources is difficult, let alone taking photographs of them. The blurry pics just show how hard it is to find them staying still in the clearing for more than 2 seconds.

Migratory songbirds too are mostly yellow here, like this Wilson’s Warbler with his black cap. You might be surprised, but we don’t have any red birds like the Cardinals:

Wilson's Warbler.jpg

The Baltimore Oriole:

The Baltimore Oriole.jpg

The American Goldfinch:

blurry Goldfinch.jpg

In the tree, there’s a tiny spot of silvery blue… the Tree Swallow waiting for lunchtime:

Tree Swallow.jpg

Some can’t wait, like this hungry Robin:

The Hungry Robin.jpg

or this Yellow Warbler. Whatever’s in your mouth, mosquito or fly, I’ve to say, ‘Thank you for eating!’

Hungry Yellow Warbler.jpg

The Hungry Warbler.jpg

What colour is your Summer?




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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

18 thoughts on “The Colour of Summer”

  1. How beautiful! It’s always a pleasure to see the colors around the pond. Our summer is the brown of the grass I haven’t watered, but we’re looking forward to the multitude of hard, green blackberries turning purple, even though that means my children will be mostly purple for a while as well πŸ™‚


  2. What beautiful photos, Arti. Is it too early for your canola fields to have turned yellow? I’ve always thought they were a highlight of your place in the world. We have such a mix of colors in the springtime, but early summer (or mid-summer, now) seems to be a time for purples, pinks, and blues. Two of my favorites are blooming just now — eryngo and prairie gentian — and as soon as I can get some decent photos, they’ll be on my photo blog.

    I can’t complain about not getting out to take pictures, though. It’s raining again today, and none of us will complain about that. It’s not flooding rain (except at certain intersections and some streets) but the sort that can fill lakes and ponds, and revive the a world that was beginning to feel stressed because of the heat.

    Your robin reminds me of a bluejay who stops by my place. He has yet to figure out that he can’t carry away more than one peanut still in the shell. But he tries!


    1. Linda,

      Not sure if the rapeseeds, well, canola, are ripe yet, will have to drive out to the country to find out where one can see huge fields of yellow later in the summer, like those you’d find in scenic calendars. The yellow you see in the first photo are invasive weeds, I think they’re called ‘leafy spurge’ (Euphorbia esula) that’s growing out of control in the woods near the Pond. Anyway, they are invasive as they leave no room for native plants to grow in the immediate habitats. I understand these wild weeds are intruding into private homes giving residents a lot of trouble as they grow so fast. I just like their colour, and as you can see, very photogenic. Otherwise, they are quite a nuisance as I’m seeing less and less the wild roses, berries etc. food for the birds.

      Going out to the Pond and the woods is therapeutic for me. Taking photos of birds (when successful) more so. Don’t know why, I’m partial to yellow birds, as you can see here. We’ll always have Chickadees, even in the winter, but these migratory yellow songbirds are lovely to behold and be heard. πŸ™‚


  3. Oh oh oh! So glad I’ve caught you in summer colors. While the lush greens are such a relief after the glare of our summers, I’m loving those portraits of your feathered friends. I’m realizing what a terrible bird photographer I am, so I appreciate sweet ones like yours.


    1. nikkipolani,

      I’m sure you’re having a much more colourful summer. We don’t have that many colours other than greenish yellow, as you can see. You know, I’m not much of a photographer … here’s my secret… the birds are so fast for me that I just use the Auto Sports mode to capture them. πŸ™‚


  4. Well, I would be very happy with yellow! It’s all lovely, even the birds are yellow (or some of them!) It all looks rather glorious. I don’t know what color my summer is. Blue for the relentless blue skies. Straw for the color of the grass in the relentless, rainless heat. Green for the abundant herbs? Maybe it’s a rainbow!


    1. From your photos by the lake, I can see your summer is the colours of the rainbow. Yes, we have beautiful sky too. As for birds, you’re right, mainly yellow, or black and grey. No red birds. (other than some Grosbeaks, which I don’t consider a fully red bird.)


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