In The Shade

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

The leaves were out on the trees by the second week in May. In the shade garden at the Arboretum, Rue-anemone flowers peered up at me from the ground next to the walkway. Virginia Waterleaf, Rough Buttonwood, Buttercup, Jack-in-the-pulpit, May-apple, Wild Columbine, Violet and White Baneberry flowers joined the Phlox flowers in the woods. Patches of Wild Mustard flowers brightened the grasses on the edge of the path. I heard many birds, but only saw a few. A Common Yellowthroat sang in a Hawthorn tree. An Eastern Phoebe rested for a moment on a dried stalk. A Chipping Sparrow observed the meadow from the branch of a Hawthorn tree.

I saw White-tailed Deer in the woods on all three of the days I visited that week. On the first two days, they saw me before I saw them and quickly disappeared into the trees. On the last day, I noticed a flash of white as a doe flicked her tail. She was partly hidden behind the leaves of the trees between us. A fawn was next to her. They waited for a couple of minutes before turning and running down the hill.

May 9, 2015

Rue-anemone flowers in the shade garden at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Rue-anemone flowers in the shade garden at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Rough Buttonwood flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Rough Buttonwood flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Jack-in-the-pulpit flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Jack-in-the-pulpit flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

A May-apple flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

A May-apple flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

May-apple flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

May-apple flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Wild Mustard flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Wild Mustard flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

Wild Mustard flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

Wild Mustard flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

A Chipping Sparrow resting in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Chipping Sparrow resting in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 9, 2015.

May 13, 2015

An Eastern Phoebe in the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

An Eastern Phoebe in the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

An Eastern Phoebe in the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

An Eastern Phoebe in the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

A Common Yellowthroat singing from a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Common Yellowthroat singing from a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

Wild Columbine flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

Wild Columbine flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

A Violet flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Violet flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 13, 2015.

May 16, 2015

Wild Columbine flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

Wild Columbine flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Buttercup flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

Virginia Waterleaf flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

White-tailed deer in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

White-tailed Deer in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

A video of a White-tailed Deer doe and fawn in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

White Baneberry flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

White Baneberry flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

A Common Yellowthroat resting in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015, "In The Shade."

A Common Yellowthroat resting in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 16, 2015.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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4 Responses to In The Shade

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    Thank you for sharing. I like the buttonwood flowers and Virginia waterleaf flowers.
    I wonder what the doe and fawn were thinking. I wonder how long their memory is. They know to avoid humans so they must have some memory or stories passed down. The eastern Phoebe looked like it was posing for you. =)

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂

      Thanks for visiting 🙂 I am happy you like the buttonwood flowers. They are very tiny flowers with a width of less than 1/4 of an inch. They look like little stars to me. 🙂 The Virginia waterleaf were everywhere. I like the chaos of the flower bunches.

      I don’t know what the deer were thinking. 🙂 I was surprised they stayed still as long as they did. It might have been because there were a few trees between us. I stopped when I saw them and, fortunately, that time had the camera turned on. I recognize their call now so every time I hear it, I look around to see if I can see them. I think it is interesting how the doe stomped her foot when she called out. It wouldn’t be wise for them to get used to me since there are other humans that aren’t harmless. I am glad they did wait for a minute this time, though.

      I think the Eastern Phoebe looks a little forlorn in those photo. 🙂

  2. zirah1 says:

    You must have done this post before I knew about your blog. How neat about seeing the deer. One time when I was pet-sitting and walking my “foster” dog, we went by a vacant lot where there were 2 adult deer and a fawn grazing. It was such a nice surprise. And I have never seen a yellow wild violet. I think all the ones I’ve come across, regardless of where I’ve lived, have been purple/bluish. How interesting.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences! 🙂 These photos were taken in the spring a year and a few months ago. I was visiting the Iowa Arboretum which is about 45 plus minutes away from here regularly. There are woods and a restored prairie across the street from the fenced in garden and landscaped area. There are lots of pretty wildflowers in the woods in the spring there. I saw the deer more often than I managed to photograph them. 🙂 I saw a buck with antlers in one of the fields nearby when I was driving there, but he didn’t wait for me to get the camera ready. I hadn’t found the park on the lake yet, then. It is closer and has the small herd of bison. I haven’t been to either place this year. I am experimenting with the camera in the park next door for a little while and then I will visit the nearby parks and perhaps some places further away. I see yellow violets every once in a long while. I hadn’t seen a phlox that was white with a purple center before. There was only one plant like that in the woods that I saw.

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