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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Moose Cow And Calf In An Algonquin Park Swamp

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A Moose Cow And Her Calf Graze In Algonquin Park

About a month ago, Bob and I were visiting my parents at Oxtongue Lake near Algonquin Provincial Park.  It was a bit early in the summer, but time to take a drive into the park to check on the progress of the wild blueberry crop.  At one of the beaver ponds along Highway 60 where moose are known to frequent, we spotted this big cow Moose and a young calf. Continue reading “Moose Cow And Calf In An Algonquin Park Swamp” »

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Monarch Butterflies Mating At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto

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A Photo Of Two Monarch Butterflies Mating On A Tree

What a sad summer it is here in Ontario because Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are conspicuous by their absence.  Bob and I have been monitoring sightings posted by nature lovers on Facebook, and websites such as The Insects and Arachnids of Ontario, The Weather Network, and Butterflies and Moths of North America.  We are not the only people discouraged by the poor showing of these beautiful insects this year. Continue reading “Monarch Butterflies Mating At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto” »

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Sunchokes Growing Wild At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto

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A Photo Of The Sunchokes Growing At Lower Reesor Pond

How beautiful is a sprawling drift of Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) fading into the distance!  That is just what we found when Bob and I visited Lower Reesor Pond in northeast Toronto recently.  This native species of sunflower goes by many different names including Sunchokes, Sunroot or Earth Apple. Continue reading “Sunchokes Growing Wild At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto” »

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Cedar Waxwings Capture Insects At Milliken Park

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A Cedar Waxwing Sits In A Tree At Milliken Park

Bob and I take regular walks to our local park because we find that the variety of habitats found there encourages an assortment of birds and animals at any given time of the year.  Based on a tip from my sister, we recently hit the pavement in hopes of seeing some Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum), and we were stunned by the numbers around the south pond. Continue reading “Cedar Waxwings Capture Insects At Milliken Park” »

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Red Lily Beetles Plague My Toronto Tiger Lilies

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A Red Lily Beetle Prepares To Eat One of My Plants!

For the past several years, starting each spring and into the summer months,  I have been pestered by Red Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii) on my Tiger Lilies .  It is actually the beetles’ shiny, hard forewings that are red.  These pretty little beetles stand out quite well on green plants, but they are a trick to catch and squash.  I declare that I think they see me coming because, often, as I move in on their position, they drop to the earth below and essentially disappear in the shadows.  It doesn’t help that, this year, I spread red cedar chips in all my gardens, so imagine trying to find a red bug on that red surface. Continue reading “Red Lily Beetles Plague My Toronto Tiger Lilies” »

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Gray Treefrogs At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto

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A Gray Treefrog Holds On To A Plant Stem At Reesor Pond

After a recent stretch of very rainy weather, Bob and I were desperate to get out in the field, and nothing pleases us more than to explore a new trail or go birdwatching in a habitat never before visited by ourselves.  Such was the case when we targeted a wetland in north Toronto…Lower Reesor Pond.  Our outing, as usual, was prolonged but immensely rewarding.  Amongst other birds and animals seen that day were several Eastern Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor). Continue reading “Gray Treefrogs At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto” »

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