April is Daffodil Month in Canada

April is Daffodil Month in Canada

April is Daffodil Month, which is the Canadian Cancer Society ‘s national fundraising campaign for the fight against cancer.

The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer.

In my Toronto neighbourhood, there is a patch of daffodils in our local park to remember those who passed because of cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to give courage to those who are fighting cancer at present.

Cancer can be beaten.

Purple Tulips for Prince

Purple Tulips for Prince

I’m still in shock.  Music legend Prince is dead at 57.

Rest in Peace, my sweet Prince.  You will never be forgotten.

Here are purple tulips for you.

Crocus Flowers – Sure Sign of Spring

Crocus and a Bee – My Precious, photo by mzrosie

Crocus flowers are a sure sign that spring has sprung.  Crocuses are definitely the first flowers to welcome spring.  At times, they push themselves out through snow as if saying to Mother Nature “Still winter?  What da?”

The lavender crocus picture above with a bee so engrossed in doing what he does best, I call “My Precious” as in a memorable quote from the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings.

This photo of striped single crocus below, I call “The Loner.”

Crocus – The Loner, photo by mzrosie

This photo of two lavender crocus looks so romantic, so I called it “The Lovers.

Crocus – The Lovers, photo by mzrosie

The photo below of purple, yellow and white crocuses represent a group of friends, so I called them “The Group.”

Crocus – The Group, photo by mzrosie

The photo below of yellow crocuses, I called “Yellow Crocus,” for lack of imagination.

Yellow Crocus, photo by mzrosie

And the photo below, I called “Lavender Crocus.”  For obvious reasons.

Lavender Crocus, photo by mzrosie

And, the last photo below is a bunch of purple crocus with a bee digging deep.  So, what do you think should I call it?  Purple crocus with a bee?  Ok, cool!

Purple Crocus and a bee, photo by mzrosie

More crocus photos…

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Can you see it? #3

soapwort, ladybug and bee

While I was taking pictures of the soapwort flowers and a ladybug, something else wanted to be in the picture.  Can you see it?  What is it?




If you can’t see what it is, perhaps another picture might help.

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Now, can you see it? What is it?




Answer: A bee

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Soapworts and Ladybugs – Fun Facts

Soapwort Flowers and Ladybugs
Soapworts and a ladybug, photo by mzrosie

A ladybug caught my eye.  It was on a cluster of pretty white flowers, which I didn’t know at the time, were called soapworts.

Fun Facts about Soapworts – Soapworts are sweetly scented flowers, which are also commonly as known as bouncing-bet, crow soap, wild sweet William, and soapweed. The scientific name of this plant is Saponaria, which is derived from the Latin word sapo meaning “soap.”  The leaves of this plant were used long ago to make a cleaning lather.

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Soapwort and a ladybug, photo by mzrosie

Fun Facts about Ladybugs – Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles.  Ladybugs are farmers’ and gardeners’ best friends because they are voracious eaters of plant-eating insects including aphids.

Ladybugs have three ways to defend themselves against predators.  Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste.  And, in a critical situation, they can play dead.  So, who would want to eat a dead foul-tasting bug that could be poisonous (they’re not).


Note to Humans:  Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans but, please refrain from eating them.


Can you see it? #2

Can you see it #2 - dragonfly

I saw this beautiful orange rose inside a fenced in neighbor’s garden.  I couldn’t get a good shot from the sidewalk.  The gate was closed but not locked.  How did I know?  Well, I tried it, of course.  I looked around.. no one seemed to notice me.  So, I quickly open the gate.  Slowly walked towards the rose.. why slowly?  Because I saw something.  I took a quick shot then hurriedly got out of there.

What did I see?  Can you see it?






Answer:  A dragonfly

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A Shasta Daisy…. and a fly

Shasta Daisy and a fly, photo by mzrosie

I love flowers.  So, although I already have hundreds of pictures of daisies, I couldn’t help but stop and take a quick shot of this pretty shasta daisy.   There were only a few in full bloom at the time, most were still buds.  I focused on this one.  As soon as I pressed the shutter button, a fly landed on the daisy.. just enough time to be in the picture and just went on its merry way.

So there you go.  Now I got a photo of a shasta daisy and a fly.

And, I’m blogging about it.  I should really get a fly… I mean a life.