Thursday, July 13, 2017

sunset for Thursday's Challenge

Seeing as this is a rainy day,( thankfully!, our bedding plants have been drying up!) I have had to resort to my photo

archives for this picture of a setting sun  which was taken from Sunset Beach at a camp ground in Marathon,  in the Florida Keys in 2000.I used to walk to the beach to watch the sun setting each day.  It was always a a beautiful experience.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Primrose Moth for Macro Monday 2

Its always exciting when I see that Common Primrose are in bloom for among the petals of its blossom I look for a beautiful pink treasure and that's what I had found last week, a tiny pink  and white moth nestled snugly within the petals of a Common Primrose blossom. I cut off the blossom and placed it with the moth within in an insect box that I often carry with me so that I could take some close closeups ( macros)  of the moth.

     above , a primrose moth within the blossom of a Common Primrose wildflower.

                                At the end of the day I returned the moth to a Common Primrose blossom.
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

A Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

I had been wondering where this little moth was this season as I had not seen it previously.  Early last evening I had taken a drive to a nearby Common Primrose plant to release a Primrose moth that I had captured earlier in the day and it was then that I had spied this clearwing hummingbird moth feeding on some Milkweed in bloom.

I am thinking that this afternoon I will be able to get some more pictures of this delightful moth in a milkweed patch.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Z is for Zebra for ABC Wednesday

I remember being thrilled when I found a Zebra butterfly in Florida in 2000. Wow! Having left our New Brunswick winter of snow and ice behind what a wonder Florida was! My camera was  in joyful overload!

I have found that there is a fascination in  fashion design with the beautiful black and white striped  pattern of the zebra; for example I have a black tee with a zebra striped pocket.
  And also I  have a shoulder bag purse with zebras featured on it. Just perfect I thought to use when wearing my zebra pocket tee.
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Baby Sparrow Feeding Time

We have a few sparrows around Bird Alley this morning and I know some of the Sparrows are Song Sparrows and maybe one or two  are Chipping Sparrows. Also some of the sparrows are hungry babies as can be observed in the following open mouthed sparrow picture shown below.

And I watched as Mama Sparrow placed a seed in the baby Sparrow's open mouth.
And I cannot exactly id these two sparrows ( Song Sparrow or Chipping Sparrow)shown below; one adult and one baby.

To all American viewers I wish you a happy and safe fourth day of celebrations.

Monday, July 03, 2017

A Rosy Maple Moth for Macro Monday 2

The  joys of nature are  many and often are so awe inspiring  and surprising! This morning I went out with my macro lens on my camera to see what I could find, Just across the street from my house on a public building that leaves its moth attracting outside lights on all night I found a Rosy Maple Moth on the outside wall of the building.  When I first saw this species several years ago I was astounded with its beautiful pink colour... I found it unbelievable!  And I loved it!.... And every year since I always watch for this moth to appear. Below are photos of what I have found this morning!

shown above is the top side of this moth
                                       Above with its beautiful pink underparts is the underside of this lovely looking moth.
I am linking today with Macro Monday 2 which can be found at
Hopefully by next week I will have found a tiny  pink Primrose Moth which folds itself up tucked within the petals of a Common Primrose bloom. I have noticed that some Common Primrose plants are now in bloom so I have my fingers crossed for posting a picture of this beautiful little  pink moth nestled up among yellow petals of the Common Primrose by next Monday.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

A Stray Cat for Camera Critters

For a few years now we have watched a stray gray and white cat hunting through our property. We used to discourage its presence by shouting at it to get lost and be gone. It used to be that to connect with  it by looking it in its eye would be enough to cause it to run away.  then somehow this winter we got into the habit of leaving some cat food in a bowl on our back step and we found that this stray cat would appear each day and empty the bowl of cat food we set out.

My husband even named the cat. Assuming it was a feral cat, he game him a rhyming name and so that is how Daryl came to be our daily visitor.  actually now Daryl shows up for breakfast and then supper as well.
We think Daryl was once and maybe still is  a cat owned by someone.  He wants to come into our back porch but each day I verbally remind him by saying, " No Daryl, you don't come in". When we step out to refill his food bowl he rubs against our legs and stands on his hind legs to get closer to us and the food bowl in our hands.  Daryl enjoys sunning himself on our back doorstep.  Our regular indoor cat does not approve of Daryl and he lets us know that as he hisses at Daryl when he sees Daryl on our back deck through our French doors.  However, we will not abandon Daryl as we think that has happened previously and so we continue to watch for Daryl and we feed him each day.
  • We think Daryl has endured a few scraps now and then. He is much thinner looking  than he looked during the winter, and he has a recent scratch on his nose.  My husband brushes Daryl and he looks much better these days. He has a gentle thankful look in his eyes when he greets me each morning with his regular , ": you got any food for me?" Meow.
You're not so feral anymore Daryl as you know you have a welcome outdoor home with us.
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Today is Canada's 150th birthday!  Happy Canada Day everyone

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Y is for Yellow for ABC Wednesday

 Y is for yellow.Yellow is a very prevalent colour in nature, so much so that many species in nature carry as their identification  a yellow hued nomenclature.  I have included a few examples below to illustrate my point.

             Yellow Spotted Salamander
                                    A Yellow Warbler
Yellow Pond Lilies
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow Rattle (wildflower)
A Yellow Shafted Flicker
Yellow Hawkweed
A Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow legs

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

red/orange insect eggs

The all important beginning of life: eggs!  My husband spied these fascinating

looking eggs on a Dandelion leaf and pointed them out to me. I used my macro lens to get a closer look.
So perfectly formed, looking  just like a bunch of red/orange capsules. I wonder what they are? The only eggs laid on a leaf that I am interested in finding right  now are Monarch butterfly eggs on a milkweed leaf!
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Snapping Turtles for saturday Critters

June is the month to see snapping Turtles laying their eggs.  This scene is becoming quite repetitive for me. 

These snappers are not a new story; however I keep on seeing them!  This morning I saw two snapping turtles
laying on top of the nests they had dug., June is a busy month for these ancient ladies laying their turtle eggs.  In about 90 days  from now it becomes a challenge to try to see the baby turtles emerging from their sandy nests. It is an awesome event!!! Hopefully sometime in September I will be able to post pictures of baby turtles for you.
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Hope everyone has a fine weekend and mentioning ancient ladies I am becoming one while celebrating my birthday tomorrow but I will still be in my 70's for another year or so.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Canada Geese Family

Not one , but two Geese families.  I go to this pond every day and I am very surprised that I had not seen these families there before!  However today was the first morning I was there before 7 a.m., but you can be sure that I will go there often within the next few days before seven.  I tried to make a short video  of the geese family but I am not very experienced in that area so here is my video attempt.  But at least I captured the peacefulness and tranquility of this family swimming on the pond.

Shown above is a second Canada family waiting in the reeds.  This is not the family that was swimming.

Please note: My new header picture of the young Canada Geese Family was taken by Riel Nason ( author  and fabric artist)
copy write Riel Nason

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Monarch sighting, my first this spring!

Seeing a Monarch butterfly this mornings was a car-stopping event!  I try to follow and get a picture of every orange butterfly I see. Earlier this week I spent about half an hour one day  trying to locate an orange butterfly I had spied along the roadside. I finally tracked it and took its picture and was disappointed that it was a Viceroy Butterfly, and not a Monarch as I had hoped.
                                                      It turned out to be a Viceroy. 

 Chasing a butterfly with a car has its difficulties, so today when I spied this orange butterfly  this morning I pulled over , keeping my eye on the location of where the butterfly was.  I got out of my car. Then as stealthily as possible I edged closer and closer on foot, taking pictures of it feeding on a clover in various stages of my approach.  Thankfully I had my 300 mm lens on my camera.... and this time I was able to get a good identifying picture!  
Yes, it was a handsome Monarch! and it was staying in one spot  feeding on the clover there as I approached it! 

In summers past I have found Monarch butterfly caterpillars and brought them home and observed their metamorphosis and then released the emerging adult butterflies. It was a wonderful amazing experience!!! I could not find any Monarch caterpillars last summer.  There are two milkweed patches that I haunt every summer. Hopefully this year will be a good year for caterpillars.  So far there have been quite a few Monarch sightings in the province  recently and predictions are that it will be a good summer for this butterfly species.
We have been trying to grow our own milkweed patch and this year we have seven plants growing, However none of our milkweed plants have ever flowered ( blossomed).  Hopefully some spring/ summer  soon they will. I don't think they will flower this year as their growth  is not comparable to the beginning of blossoms  seen in my favourite patches.  Does anyone have any information  to share on when new milkweed plants would be expected to flower?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

X isfor Xanthotype Moth for ABC Wednesday

X is for Xanthous and also for Xanthotype Moth
Xanthous is a Greek adjective used to describe a yellow colour.  I read in a couple of places that xanthous  colour was that of the yellow of an egg yolk. Seen below the yellow yoke of a freshly boiled egg  cut in half for my morning's breakfast.

Several years ago I found a pretty yellow moth in our yard. I found its id and discovered that this moth actually was known by two names.  And most important for today's post I found that it was caled a Xanthotype Moth... go figure.  I guess its yellow colour had an influence on its naming It is also known as a Geometer Moth.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


A few years ago I used to see a Muskrat often swimming in the river.  I knew the location of its home and knew where and when to watch for it.  However I hadn't seen one for years until last Saturday when I saw one swimming in a pond where I had gone to look for Snapping Turtles. I was pleased and surprised to see it swimming in the water. I didn't get too  many pictures of it as it disappeared as soon as it it became aware of me and my interest in it swimming along.  A Muskrat is a semi-aquatic

rodent, It is sometimes referred to as a rat, although it is not a member of that particular family.
Hope everyone is having a nice day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Turtle activity seen This Morning

This morning I left my house around 7a.m, just after my first coffee of the day.  I drove to the location where I had seen a Snapper laying eggs on Saturday but didn't see anything new there. I got out of my car and looked down onto the river shore for emerging turtles but didn't see any there either, so I drove down to check out the lagoon area and when approaching the fenced in area around the water I saw a turtle headed toward the water.  Hmmmm, was it a small sized Snapper? or a large Painted Turtle?  The picture I took revealed its identity.  The yellow lines on its neck and the reddish tint on the bottom shell told me it was a Painted Turtle!

Next I drove to my favourite pond area where I had been seeing evidence of nest digging but hadn't as of yet seen any turtles!  This morning I hit the jackpot.  There were two |Snapping Turtles on the hillside of the shoreline up from the water.  I wish I had of attempted to take a movie of their fast moving activity for as soon as they were aware of my continuing interest and presence they moved  very quickly and returned to the waters of the pond from where they had come from.
The turtle shown above has become aware of my presence and it is turned to head back down the incline and to return to the water.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Snapping Turtle Laying its Eggs

Unto all things there is a season and every year at this time I start to watch for Snapping Turtles as this is often the time when I see them laying eggs.  Yesterday was a rainy, rather miserable  sort of day and so I did not do my usual early morning rounds.  Around 1 p.m.  I decided to go out for a look. I found evidence of three Snapping Turtle nests having been dug and they had not been there the day before so I assume it was yesterday morning when the digging nests had occurred but I had missed it.  However I did chance upon one turtle laying eggs.  These turtles are very predictable as the one I saw was in exactly the same location as in previous years and it was almost the same date, giving a difference of a day or so!

It is a damp , dreary morning today also and I have not gone out... but I have a couple more locations that I am monitoring , hopefully I won't regret my staying in this morning and the possibility of more egg laying action. I shall check on my regular locations later on this afternoon.
Nature does provide such wonderful photo opportunity adventures!  Have a wonderful day everyone!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Two Moose for Saturday Critters

On Thursday of this week we made our weekly trip through a wooded , forested section  of a  familiar highway to go grocery shopping in a nearby town. I always have my camera with me ready if by chance we see a bird of hawk worthy of photographing.  This week my husband surprised me when he said, "Did you see that moose ?" I responded," huh? " What moose? Where?" He responded, "Back there in the ditch, you can see it in the mirror"  And sure enough I could see a moose by  looking out the rear window of our truck as I struggled with my seat belt

 trying to line up a picture of the huge animal feeding in the ditch that my husband had seen as we drove past it! The animal looked huge and I waited until It had raised its head to get a better picture.
Yes, sure enough , it was a moose, thankfully we did not encounter it on the highway!.  My husband started backing up the truck so we could get a closer look, when I suddenly saw a second moose emerge from the woods directly opposite from the moose in the ditch. 

This second moose was tall, big and black. We stopped  backing up and watched.
We stayed put ,parked on the shoulder of the highway and watched and I took pictures of the two moose ,both now in the ditch.
The smaller moose did not appear to be a baby of this year due to its size and indepentdent feeding initially... Was it a yearling? and was the larger moose its mother, still being attentive to its last year baby?  Whatever the case, the larger adult did not stay with the
smaller moose for long but it walked across the highway back to where it had came from.

During all of this time there hadn't been any passing or oncoming traffic to worry about , but just as we were leaving we saw an approaching car.  We slowed as it approached and waved and made all sorts of pointing gestures to indicate a warning that something was on the road ... and somehow the approaching car perceived our warnings as it slowed down and pulled over  and stopped before passing the moose, thus averting a possible collision with a moose.  All's well that ended well and I was happy with my moose photo opportunity.
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