Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Water Lily

Here is a waterlily from a water garden in Gowganda.

A few plants out now

Here are a few pics of plants from some trips along the road.  The first one Sheep Laurel (Kalmia angustifolia) which is quite poisonous to animals and humans. The second a Wild Rose and a newer one Pink Pyrola (Pyrola asarifolia).



Saturday, June 23, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Mayfly season is upon us

 From this that crawled out of the water and shed its skin

to this
 
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Out early this AM

Revisited the Osprey this AM, both parents still flying around with nest material although they didn't land back in the nest as often as last time, I didn't stay too long.

After leaving there I visited the beaver pond and caught him snacking on some birch.  He soon got back in the water and gave me the tail slap,  I guess he was telling me enough already.




Friday, June 8, 2012

Edith Lake today

Another HDR picture this time from Edith Lake.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Couple of flowers in HDR

Here are a couple of flowers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) where 3 or more pictures are taken at different shutter speeds and then combined.  The first is Wild Lily of the Valley.
The second a close up of the Moccasin flower head

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus

Good day for grass cutting today, bit of a breeze off the lake to keep away the bugs.  Towards the afternoon the black clouds a bit of rain and thunder started time to pack it in for the day. Today is the day that Venus is between the earth and the sun, and  is visible as a black dot crossing the sun.  It was cloudy but around 7:30 pm and the sun popped out in a hole in the clouds, ran out and got the welding mask and after squinting and staring looking I finally saw a black dot at about 1:00 o'clock on the sun.  I can't wait to see it again in 2117 the next time it's visible. Didn't get any pics of it but it is all over the news.
Here is pic from a couple of days ago of a Starflower (Trientalis borealis).

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rain, and more rain

Damp weather the last couple of days, badly needed to put out the forest fires that have been threatening towns and cities.  Most fires in the NE are under control.  A total of 42,540 ha.  or 164 sq. miles were burnt in the Timmins, Kirkland Lake and the one north of Elk Lake. The one north of Elk Lake has deep hot spots that crews are still actively working on.

On another note here are some Bunchberry from today.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Back to the lilacs

The last time I was taking pics of the lilacs I saw what I thought were hummingbirds but smaller.  Long story short they were Clear winged Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thyspe) which I had never before.  There were several flying around their wing beats were just like a hummingbird and hovered at the flowers to feed.  I took some pics but they were just moving to fast but finally I enlarged one of my pics to see this crop. This one would be about 35mm.