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

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

A Hickory hairstreak butterfly at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto

hickory hairstreak butterfly on milkweed flower, tommy thompson park, toronto

On a particularly hot July day, Bob and I decided to seek cooler temperatures along the lakefront here in Toronto, so we loaded our bikes and made for Tommy Thompson Park.  There, along the bicycle trail, Bob spotted this dainty Hickory Hairstreak Butterfly (Satyrium caryaevorum).  It was a Lifer for us. Read more

A White-tailed deer in Algonquin Park


On a recent visit to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Bob and I were surprised to spot a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) just inside the Park boundary.  It was only recently that I had remarked on not having seen a deer in the Park for years whereas at one time, they were very commonplace. Read more

Exploring the Bourkes Luck Potholes in South Africa

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After lingering at Pinnacle Rock a little longer than we had intended, Bob and I pushed further north on the Panorama Route to check out Bourke’s Luck Potholes.  This landmark location in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, is the site of yet another astounding set of formations within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Read more

Eastern Bluebirds with Fledglings at Oxtongue Lake

eastern bluebirds at oxtongue lake, ontario

My dad, who lives at Oxtongue Lake in Ontario, had been trying for 15 years to woo a pair of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) to nest on his property.  Not since the year 2000 had he even seen Eastern Bluebirds in the area.  You can imagine how excited he was this May when a pair showed up and demonstrated interest in one of his homemade nest boxes. Read more

A Leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Oakville

leucistic ruby throated hummingbird looks towards camera, shell park, oakville, ontario

Earlier this year, during spring migration, Bob and I set off to investigate Shell Park along Lakeshore Road West in Oakville, Ontario.  Our short visit there was rewarded when we spotted an unusual hummingbird, a Leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). Read more

Orchard Orioles Nesting in Ajax, Ontario

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On a recent day spent cycling along the Waterfront Trail from Scarborough to Ajax, Ontario, Bob and I drew up at a picnic table to have our lunch and rest in the shade.  There was lots of bird activity in the thickets of sumac, deciduous trees and shrubs that dotted the wide open space of the trail-side park.  When Bob spotted a red and black bird, it took us a few minutes to identify it as an Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius), a Lifer for us. Read more

An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Tommy Thompson Park

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An Eastern Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma) was the icing on the cake for Bob’s and my bicycle tour around Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Ontario one Sunday.  Eager to check out the construction of new cells along the eastern perimeter of the Leslie Street Spit, we had embarked on a day-long circuitous route around the man-made peninsula in the hopes of seeing some shorebirds in the dwindling amount of water in the huge holes. Read more

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