Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean - Discovering The World Through Our Lens

Shamrock Orbweaver Spider at Col. Samuel Smith Park

shamrock orbweaver spider, col sam smith park, etobicoke, ontario, pic 3

Late last summer, based on reports of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron being seen at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke, Bob and I finally found the time to take a spin down to that waterfront park to see if we would be lucky enough to find it.  Amongst other things, I found this gorgeous Shamrock Orbweaver Spider (Araneus trifolium). Read more

Wood ducks relocated from Mimico Creek oil spill

wood duck at lower ressor pond, toronto

By word of a fellow Facebook member who frequents South Reesor Pond even more often than we do, Bob and I came to know about three young Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) that recently were relocated to this small body of water in northeast Toronto.  We had occasion to photograph mature males and females at High Park in the spring, and very young hatchlings in Rouge National Urban Park a couple of years ago, so we were eager to observe a few juveniles. Read more

Striped Hairstreak Butterfly in Huntsville, Ontario

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Bob and I made a stay in Huntsville, Ontario, at the end of July, and having driven for 3 hours to get to our accommodation, as if we needed an excuse, we headed off almost immediately to stretch our legs, another deception as we are always on the lookout for whatever wildlife might cross our paths and hardly ever leave our cameras behind.  Once again, it was Bob’s keen eye that noticed the fluttering movement on a plant and had him exclaiming, “there’s a new butterfly!”  Indeed it was…this Striped Hairstreak Butterfly (Satyrium liparops). Read more

Atlantis Fritillary Butterflies in Algonquin Park

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This past summer found Bob and me in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario in search of Black Bears.  The blueberry patch at the old airstrip near Mew Lake Campground was a magnet for two families of Black Bears a year ago, so we were hoping that some of them might have returned in search of this year’s crop.  Instead, the only visitors to the blueberry patch were countless Atlantis Fritillary Butterflies (Speyeria atlantis). Read more

Black-crowned Night Herons at Tommy Thompson Park

black-crowned night heron with feather over shoulder, tommy thompson park, toronto, ontario

Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto is recognized worldwide as a significant habitat for breeding waterbirds, and during the summer months, when fewer songbirds make the Leslie Street Spit their home, birdwatchers will still be rewarded with glimpses into the lives of the colonial species, one of which are the Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax). Read more

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Prepare to Head South

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The addition of some vibrant red Canna Lilies in my backyard garden this year has had just the result I’d hoped for.  Every day, for several weeks in August and early September, at least one and up to four Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) came to visit my flowers on their trek south. Read more

A Modest Sphinx Moth Caterpillar at Oxtongue Lake

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How would you like to come face to face with this fierce-looking caterpillar if you were about knee high to a grasshopper?  It was about 4 inches long (10 cm), around 1/2 inch in diameter (1 cm), and surprisingly quick at navigating through the tangle of grass.  This is the larva of a Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta) that we saw in the community of Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, near the end of August 2015. Read more

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly in Toronto

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I relocated some Coneflowers in my Toronto garden last fall, and was blessed with the gift of a few more from a friend, and the plants seem to be flourishing in their new location.  Bob and I have monitored them closely since they are said to attract butterflies, and late one afternoon, we spotted this beauty, a Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) tasting the nectar from one particularly tall specimen. Read more

Enjoying the view of the Three Rondavels in Mpumalanga

three rondavels, blyde river canyon, south africa

For our first few days in South Africa, Bob and I were based at Valley View Lodge in Sabie.  Ideally situated enroute to Kruger National Park, the location also allowed us ready access to the sights along the Mpumalanga Panorama Route which takes in all of the Blyde River Canyon.  For us, the most impressive views were had at the lookout overlooking the Three Rondavels.

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Double-crested Cormorants nesting at Tommy Thompson Park

double-crested cormorants in nests in trees at tommy thompson park, toronto

Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto, Ontario, is an amazing destination for anyone who is interested in observing birds, especially during spring migration, but a visit in July was also rewarding for Bob and me when we discovered scores of Double-Crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) with their young in the nests. Read more

Our stay at Valley View Lodge in Sabie, South Africa

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Our arrival at Valley View Lodge in Sabie came at the end of a prolonged drive from the airport in Johannesburg.  Of course, there were many stops made along the way for photo ops, including one in Long Tom Pass where the highway climbs into the mountains between Lydenburg and Sabie.

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An Eastern Garter Snake at Oxtongue Lake

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Bob and I spend a lot of time at my childhood home at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, because my parents still occupy the same house all these 65 years later.  That is where I had my first encounter with a Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) when I was knee high to a grasshopper.  Seldom since then have we seen any snakes on their property, but this beauty slithered across the beach property recently, and I was so pleased to become reacquainted. Read more

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