The Poison Garden At Blarney Castle In Ireland

An image of the deadly nightshade skull and crossbones sign in the Poison Garden at Blarney Castle in Ireland. Photograph by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

The Poison Garden at Blarney Castle is one of the featured gardens on the grounds that span some 1,000 acres, but it is but a tiny plot sheltered behind the Blarney Castle battlements.  The Poison Garden contrasts sharply with the expansive green spaces and vibrant flowers found elsewhere on the estate property, but mystique pervades the small plot and has curious visitors anxious to investigate . Read more

Brown-headed Cowbird Juvenile Visited Our Toronto Backyard

brown-headed cowbird, juvenile, toronto, ontario, canada

One fall, Bob and I were so excited to see what we thought was a new bird sitting on our backyard arbour.  Trouble was, we couldn’t find the bird in any of our bird books, so we turned to Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding for their input.  It turns out that this beautiful bird is a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater). Read more

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird in our Toronto garden

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird in our Toronto garden

ruby-throated hummingbird feeds on nectar, toronto, ontario

Every spring and again in late summer, Bob and I are graced with the attentions of hummingbirds in our flower garden, and this past year was no different.  This Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) was seen visiting our Butterfly Bush repeatedly over the course of several days. Read more

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly At Lynde Shores Conservation Area

clouded sulpher butterfly, sits on flower and collects nectar, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, whitby, ontario

It was rather late in the fall when Bob and I went for a walk at  Lynde Shores Conservation Area  in Whitby, but glorious sunshine made for an unseasonably warm day.  It was no surprise, then, to find numerous butterflies visiting the remaining wildflowers in the meadows within sight of Lake Ontario, butterflies such as this Clouded Sulphur. Read more

Mountain Bluebird We Sighted At Grand Canyon Heliport

mountain bluebird in tree looks to camera, grand canyon heliport, arizona

When Bob and I decided to travel to the Grand Canyon, it was more about seeing the spectacular scenery than anything else, but on our first morning at    Grand Canyon National Park  ,    we had an early morning helicopter flight booked at the local heliport.  When we emerged from our rental car to check in, our birding instincts took over when we spotted a Mountain Bluebird perched in one of the trees at the edge of the parking lot. Read more

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly At Rosetta McClain Gardens

twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly, closeup on dry flower head, rosetta mcclain gardens, toronto

Late one fall morning, Bob and I decided to pack an impromptu picnic and head down to Rosetta McClain Gardens on the Scarborough Bluffs here in Toronto.  We anticipated wonderful views of Lake Ontario as we munched on our modest lunch, but we did not foresee the multitudes of dragonflies that had gathered at the gardens, ones such as this Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly. Read more