Today's photo is the striking ranunculus flower in bloom. This often overlooked beauty produces blooms that look remarkably like roses, but the petals are glossier and have more intense color. They belong to the same family of flowers as buttercups and have the same silky petals.
Ranunculus flowers come in a variety of colors from brilliant yellow and orange to shades of pink, white and red.
Today's photo is a garden or flower fairy. According to FlowerFairies.com, these magical fairies live in treetops, along the forest floor and in gardens. They are the keepers of flowers and are in charge of taking care of their own flower or plant.
You may spot one perched on the branch of a tree or nestled among the leaves. Sometimes, they sit among the flowers.
But beware! You can only see flower fairies if you believe in them.
According to Maine Garden Ideas, there are several times a day when you are more likely to observe fairies, such as early morning before the dew dries, in the early evening when the sun's rays cast soft shadows and during the light of the moon.
Today's photos are of the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). I encountered this lovely little fox on the way to a flower show. It was trotting along the side of the road. Although it kept its distance, it did allow me to take photos from an open window in the vehicle. He is looking down at a little stream in the distance.
Red foxes vary in color from yellowish-red to deep red-brown with many shades in between. This fox had a golden sheen to the coat.
The red fox is common in Maine, but they aren't typically quite as friendly as this one. I usually see them as they dash through the yard in chase of a rabbit. This fox stopped and looked at me as if to ask what I was doing.
This is the same fox. He looks longer and sleeker in this photo as he carefully makes his way through the tall grass. He looks more like the sly fox of storybooks in this shot.
This photo was taken out the window, but the mirror was in the way, causing his legs and underside to blur and discolor. I decided to get creative with the shot and add a background as I really liked the fox's face and head in this photo.