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Looking for ladybirds

August 4, 2021

A while ago someone I know on the island acquired a little orange felted cat which she named Pat the Cat. Pat gets around. Not just on the island, but recently all the way to Vancouver for a shopping trip. Wherever Pat the Cat goes, photos are taken and posted. Can’t wait until Pat makes it to Europe.

Over the weekend Pat the Cat went to one of my favourite places on the island.

I haven’t been to this nature conservancy for a while, as dogs must remain leashed, so, as beautiful as it is, it’s no good for Georgie and her ball.

Inspired by Pat the Cat – and the reminder from Joe and Georgie that it was supposed to be a walk day – I actually got off my butt and headed down to these woods.

Took my camera, figuring today I would post some enchanted forest pics like these.

That was the plan.

Then, not far in from the entrance, I spotted this.

Well, isn’t that just adorable, I thought. How sweet.

Then, a little further on…

And then…

And then…

Okay, not a ladybird, but still cute as a button.

And then…

Shortly after I took this photo I ran into a group coming the other way: a young girl, her mother and her grandmother. (I heard them before I saw them. They’d been walking through the woods singing, which was really quite sweet.) I asked if they’d seen any ladybirds. The mother said she’d seen one, but they really hadn’t been looking for others. Were there more, she asked. I pulled out my phone and started showing them the pictures. The little girl asked if she could see, too. I bent over to show her. “Ooh,” she said when I got to the photo above, “purple is my favourite colour.” I told them where to find the purple one. “Oh, look,” the mother said, pointing low to the ground, “there’s another one.”

Okay, also not a ladybird, but also cute.

We parted ways – them to seek out the purple ladybird, me to see how many others I could spot. Now I knew there was at least one more.

The problem with looking for ladybirds in this particular forest is that much of the ground looks like this.

You really do need to pay attention to where you’re walking or those roots will have you.

I went some distance without spotting another ladybird, eventually arriving at the star of this particular forest.

A 1000-year-old cedar tree. It’s impossible to get a photo that does justice to the majesty of this tree. I was pretty sure that, if there was one more ladybird to be found, this is where she would be.

And I was right.

So glad I finally got off my ass and went for my first walk since Georgie and Joe left. So glad Pat the Cat inspired me to head for this particular destination. (I wonder if Pat spotted the ladybirds? Must check.) 

Woodland whimsy is not uncommon here on the island. I could and should write an entire post about it. Not today. For today I will just voice my appreciation to whomsoever is responsible for this particularly delightful piece of whimsy. Came home grinning from ear to ear.

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  1. janeshead permalink

    Love that!

  2. krysross permalink

    A nice reward for your effort!

  3. Mariam Zama permalink

    Very cool! And a great way to spice up a walk 😁

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