Haskap happiness.

A recipe for happiness:


1 heart full of delight
2 patient eyes (albeit somewhat timeworn)
A few whispers of good luck
Many intervals of still air to calm the rustle
5 or 6 portrait prone pollinators
Billions of pollen particles
Enough flowers to fill a tree
4 Haskap bushes, 3 Current clumps, 2 dandelions, and a Merlin in a Spruce tree (can you hear the cadence as you sing that line?)
Plenty of technology to capture all the bliss

Mix well and serve outside on a sunny day when you are bursting with joy.

Here we go!

An apple flower waiting for a pollinator to do some magic so delicious apples can appear in the fall.

Same tree with soon to open flowers.

Now we are talking. See all the pollen on the bee’s body?

This is a Haskap flower. Bumblebees were the main pollinators for the Haskaps on the day I was observing.

Forget it is a Dandelion flower and just enjoy the beauty. The ant seemed drunk on nectar as it wobbled about digging deeper and deeper into the flower enjoying an intoxicating time pollinating flowers.

Some flies enjoyed the Dandelion flower as well.

This spider found a lovely spot to wait under a Haskap leaf.

These are flowers on the Currant bushes. Quite tiny and delicate flowers worthy of some serious squinting time or maybe get those reading glasses from wherever you set them down.

Resist the urge to swat and notice the beauty within the fly. Perhaps there are some deep lessons I need to learn from flies. This one is certainly celebrating a rainbow of diversity.

Oh yes.. And a Merlin in a Spruce tree.

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  1. Kaeli Benoit May 30, 2022 at 3:54 pm #

    These are GORGEOUS! I love being able to see the pollen on the bees!

  2. Joel May 30, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

    Stunning photos, Trent! Thanks for posting!

  3. Sandy Easterbrook May 29, 2022 at 9:00 am #

    Good job, Trent. Saskatoon is so advanced compared to us here on the Eastern Slopes of the rockies. The leaves aren’t quite out yet and it’s still freezing at night. Here too, though, the bumblebees are going crazy in the haskap blossoms.

  4. Linda Landine May 29, 2022 at 6:37 am #

    I keep thinking there must be a better word to describe your photos, but as I scroll through I just keep saying WOW, wow and wow.
    I have been watching the bees and the humming birds in the haskap but your macro photos give a much more intimate look.
    I would love to have you here right now capturing closeup photos of the Orioles, American Yellow Finches and the Rose Breasted Grossbeaks that are around the feeder right now.

  5. Shelly Marie Benoit May 28, 2022 at 11:31 am #

    Trent – I feel that I have said everything possible about your eye, your talent, your writing skills, your photography, and everything else that opens our eyes to see the beauty in the tiniest and seemingly most insignificant creatures and flowers (ants, flies and dandelions!). But once again, you have outdone yourself and all I can say is “WOW! AMAZING! INCREDIBLE! KEEP THEM COMING!”
    You deserve your own gallery to show these to the world! When I look at that fly in all it’s colors I can’t help but think of all the dead flies on the windowsills in the attic of the farmhouse and how ignored they were by all us kids!!

  6. Rich B May 28, 2022 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks for the gift of spring and nature in photos

  7. Jan C May 28, 2022 at 8:55 am #

    Nothing to add to the already glowing comments…you are a patient, brilliant photographer, poet and keen observer of nature. Thank You

  8. Farook O May 28, 2022 at 8:16 am #

    nice macro work

  9. Nola Leighton May 28, 2022 at 7:45 am #

    Oh Trent, how you do keep outdoing yourself! A superb photographer and a poet have been rolled together into one very talented man. Absolutely love these photos. It takes such patience and skill to shoot such lovely images. You have captured the essence of springtime so beautifully. Thanks so much for showing us so much beauty in the small things.

  10. Margaret Lowry May 28, 2022 at 6:32 am #

    I want to show these beautiful photos to my friends and especially my grandchildren.
    Thanks Trent.

  11. Ernie Dawson May 27, 2022 at 9:30 pm #

    Remarkable! I was sitting outside enjoying fresh air and birdsong when this magnificent post arrived. I was speechless! I remain awed by the lovely colours and casts of light you have captured with your camera.
    Consider how our world of politicians could benefit if they were to see something from their home areas that is so remarkably beautiful.
    Thank you, dear friend.

  12. Dayna Leighton May 27, 2022 at 9:14 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful. Who knew a common fly was so radiant and bursting with colour? Thank you for sharing! It is so surreal and humbling to see into this world we so often take for granted!

  13. Earl May 27, 2022 at 8:34 pm #

    Those are wonderful photos. Nature is bright and colorful as well as exceedingly busy this time of year.

    Thanks for sharing your photos.

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