I know we all usually post pretty pictures of flowers or beautiful landscapes at this time of year, but it wouldn't be a true reflection of the seasons if I didn't acknowledge the mosquitoes - millions of them!
Mosquitoes appear to torment us every year in June. They don't bother me as much as they bother some other people, including my wife, who reacts to the bites. But they're a nuisance when you're outside, and they're a plague if you try walking in the woods!
And it wouldn't give you the right impression of the season if I gave you only one photo, because they appear in swarms, so much so that it's not uncommon to give up and run away, waving your arms madly about your head in the hopes of surviving the attack!
But there are pretty flowers around too, like this Batchelor's Button, one of my favourites for macro shots, with the contrasting purple and white. I was lined up to shoot this one when a bumblebee zoomed in.
And the first of our large peonies are out too, attracting a horde of buzzing bees. You can clearly see the bag of yellow pollen on this one's leg.
Just for interest, this is the plant where that single bloom had opened. We have a group of large peonies that are the result of a cross-breeding program at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, where they were being sold as 'extras' many years ago. So they're un-named, and perhaps unique varieties, but they do have lots of flowers.