Wood Frog On Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

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A Wood Frog Along The Mizzy Lake Trail In Algonquin Park

Earlier this summer, Bob and I undertook to hike the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park.  It is touted as one of the more difficult trails in the Park but also the trail along which hikers have the best chance of sighting wildlife.  The 11-kilometre loop skirts nine small lakes and ponds while passing through dense forest.  We enjoyed a clear day with intermittent clouds that gave brief reprieves from the blazing sun that threatened to discourage any wildlife from making a show of themselves along the trail.  Still, we sighted many turtles and frogs such as this Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). Continue reading “Wood Frog On Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail” »

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Solitary Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond in Toronto

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A Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond

Bob and I recently visited Lower Reesor Pond in north Toronto because it is fairly close to our home and the day’s weather was uncertain.  There had been recent reports of a Green Heron sighted there, and we were keen to see for ourselves what waterfowl might be on location.  One of the birds that pleased us that day was a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria). Continue reading “Solitary Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond in Toronto” »

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Our Drive Through The Painted Desert In Arizona

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Chinle Formations In The Painted Desert In Arizona

Despite having been awake since a very early hour, it was not until about 10:30 a.m. that Bob and I decided to make a run for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was approximately 200 miles from the South Rim, and the roads were very good, so there was plenty of time left in the day to get there and back again.  One of the striking features of landscape to impress us along the route was the Painted Desert with its myriad formations in all colours of the rainbow. Continue reading “Our Drive Through The Painted Desert In Arizona” »

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Viceroy Butterfly At Tommy Thompson Park In Toronto

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A Viceroy Butterfly At Tommy Thompson Park

Over the previous few weeks, Bob and I have made countless trips to Tommy Thompson Park in search of Monarch Butterflies, caterpillars and their elusive cocoons.  On one visit, another Monarch Butterfly landed on a bush right in front of me, or so I thought until I got a closer look at its wings.  The brightly-coloured orange butterfly turned out to be a Viceroy (Limenitus archippus). Continue reading “Viceroy Butterfly At Tommy Thompson Park In Toronto” »

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A Flutter of Monarch Butterflies At Toronto Shoreline

 

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Monarch Butterflies Fluttering At Colonel Samuel Smith Park

On a recent Friday, Bob and I ended up spending most of the day at Colonel Samuel Smith Park at the edge of Lake Ontario in Toronto.  Our mission to locate a flutter of Monarch Butterflies started early in the morning, but it was not until late in the afternoon that we finally knew success.  There was no mistaking the chosen tree for its branches hung with hundreds and hundreds of these beautiful butterflies, come together to rest for the night. Continue reading “A Flutter of Monarch Butterflies At Toronto Shoreline” »

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Osprey At Tommy Thompson Park In Toronto

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An Osprey Sits On A Tree Stump At Tommy Thompson Park

Over the past several weeks, Bob and I have made numerous trips to Tommy Thompson Park.  It all started when we went to look for Monarch Butterfly larvae.  On one subsequent trip to the Park, we ventured further out on the Spit than usual and were quite pleased to find an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) perched on a tree stump in the middle of the first large pond. Continue reading “Osprey At Tommy Thompson Park In Toronto” »

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The Twelve Bens On A Misty Day In County Galway

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The Lonesome Countryside Near The Twelve Bens Mountains

Before departing Kylemore Abbey, Bob discovered that we were in need of some cash and videotapes for his camera.  Our route was chosen for us.  We had to drive along the coast towards Letterfrack and Clifden in search of a banking machine and some shops that might sell camera gear.  Supplies in hand, all that was left to do was get to Rossaveal and hop on the ferry to the Aran Islands  where we would spend the next couple of days.  En route, a serendipitous decision by Bob had us veering off into the lonesome countryside towards several of the Twelve Bens Mountains. Continue reading “The Twelve Bens On A Misty Day In County Galway” »

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A Hornets Nest In Milliken Park – Toronto

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Photo of a Hornets Nest In Toronto’s Milliken Park

Last week, Bob and I walked over to Milliken Park to check up on the Trumpeter Swan Cygnets and search for Monarch Butterflies.  As we busied ourselves photographing a beautiful Monarch specimen on a milkweed flower, we became distracted by numerous Cedar Waxwings perching in the top of a dead tree.  We were happy to see that a number of those birds were still at the park.  When I glanced into the crown of a nearby maple tree, I was dumbfounded as to what I was seeing.  It looked like a huge turban made out of cloth, but then I recognized it as a hornet”s nest.  It was huge! Continue reading “A Hornets Nest In Milliken Park – Toronto” »

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Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis At Tommy Thompson Park

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A Monarch Chrysalis On A Milkweed At Tommy Thompson Park

This past Saturday, Bob and I made for Tommy Thompson Park once again.  We were certain, given the large number of Monarch Butterfly larvae that we had seen the Sunday before, that we would be able to find a chrysalis on one of the many Milkweed plants.  Our memory served us well as to the locations of a good share of the well-advanced larvae, but it took us two days to actually locate a Monarch’s chrysalis amid the fields of stately Milkweed plants.  Our persistence had paid off! Continue reading “Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis At Tommy Thompson Park” »

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A Young Porcupine Near Dwight, Ontario

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A Young Porcupine Sits In A Tree Near Dwight

Bob and I had put in a very full day in Algonquin Provincial Park on the last day of our visit to that wilderness area so were heading home to Toronto late in the afternoon.  We had no reason to stop again until we got home…that is until we spotted a young Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) hobbling across the pavement of the South Portage Road near Dwight,  Ontario. Continue reading “A Young Porcupine Near Dwight, Ontario” »

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Moose Cow And Calf On Mizzy Lake Trail – Algonquin Park

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A Moose Cow and Calf Look To Camera In Algonquin Park

Bob and I cannot get enough of exploring and sightseeing in Algonquin Provincial Park here in Ontario.  It was while hiking the Mizzy Lake Trail on a recent Friday that we came upon a cow Moose and her calf standing in the muddy water at one end of a lake. Continue reading “Moose Cow And Calf On Mizzy Lake Trail – Algonquin Park” »

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Monarch Butterfly Larvae at Tommy Thompson Park

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Photo Of A Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar On A Milkweed Pod

This past Saturday, Bob and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  To mark the occasion, amongst other things, we went for a nice outing to Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto.  It was there that we finally succeeded in locating some of this year’s crop of Monarch Butterfly larvae…ten in fact.  We were ecstatic. Continue reading “Monarch Butterfly Larvae at Tommy Thompson Park” »

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