Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Y is for Yellow for ABC Wednesday

 Y is for yellow.Yellow is a very prevalent colour in nature, so much so that many species in nature carry as their identification  a yellow hued nomenclature.  I have included a few examples below to illustrate my point.

             Yellow Spotted Salamander
                                    A Yellow Warbler
Yellow Pond Lilies
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow Rattle (wildflower)
A Yellow Shafted Flicker
Yellow Hawkweed
A Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow legs

I am linking today to ABC Wednesday which can be found at:
http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

red/orange insect eggs

The all important beginning of life: eggs!  My husband spied these fascinating

looking eggs on a Dandelion leaf and pointed them out to me. I used my macro lens to get a closer look.
So perfectly formed, looking  just like a bunch of red/orange capsules. I wonder what they are? The only eggs laid on a leaf that I am interested in finding right  now are Monarch butterfly eggs on a milkweed leaf!
I am linking today to Macro Monday 2 which can be found at:
http://macromonday2.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Snapping Turtles for saturday Critters

June is the month to see snapping Turtles laying their eggs.  This scene is becoming quite repetitive for me. 

These snappers are not a new story; however I keep on seeing them!  This morning I saw two snapping turtles
laying on top of the nests they had dug., June is a busy month for these ancient ladies laying their turtle eggs.  In about 90 days  from now it becomes a challenge to try to see the baby turtles emerging from their sandy nests. It is an awesome event!!! Hopefully sometime in September I will be able to post pictures of baby turtles for you.
I am linking today with Saturday Critters at watchingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca
Hope everyone has a fine weekend and mentioning ancient ladies I am becoming one while celebrating my birthday tomorrow but I will still be in my 70's for another year or so.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Canada Geese Family

video
Not one , but two Geese families.  I go to this pond every day and I am very surprised that I had not seen these families there before!  However today was the first morning I was there before 7 a.m., but you can be sure that I will go there often within the next few days before seven.  I tried to make a short video  of the geese family but I am not very experienced in that area so here is my video attempt.  But at least I captured the peacefulness and tranquility of this family swimming on the pond.

Shown above is a second Canada family waiting in the reeds.  This is not the family that was swimming.

Please note: My new header picture of the young Canada Geese Family was taken by Riel Nason ( author  and fabric artist)
copy write Riel Nason


Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Monarch sighting, my first this spring!


Seeing a Monarch butterfly this mornings was a car-stopping event!  I try to follow and get a picture of every orange butterfly I see. Earlier this week I spent about half an hour one day  trying to locate an orange butterfly I had spied along the roadside. I finally tracked it and took its picture and was disappointed that it was a Viceroy Butterfly, and not a Monarch as I had hoped.
                                                      It turned out to be a Viceroy. 


 Chasing a butterfly with a car has its difficulties, so today when I spied this orange butterfly  this morning I pulled over , keeping my eye on the location of where the butterfly was.  I got out of my car. Then as stealthily as possible I edged closer and closer on foot, taking pictures of it feeding on a clover in various stages of my approach.  Thankfully I had my 300 mm lens on my camera.... and this time I was able to get a good identifying picture!  
Yes, it was a handsome Monarch! and it was staying in one spot  feeding on the clover there as I approached it! 


In summers past I have found Monarch butterfly caterpillars and brought them home and observed their metamorphosis and then released the emerging adult butterflies. It was a wonderful amazing experience!!! I could not find any Monarch caterpillars last summer.  There are two milkweed patches that I haunt every summer. Hopefully this year will be a good year for caterpillars.  So far there have been quite a few Monarch sightings in the province  recently and predictions are that it will be a good summer for this butterfly species.
We have been trying to grow our own milkweed patch and this year we have seven plants growing, However none of our milkweed plants have ever flowered ( blossomed).  Hopefully some spring/ summer  soon they will. I don't think they will flower this year as their growth  is not comparable to the beginning of blossoms  seen in my favourite patches.  Does anyone have any information  to share on when new milkweed plants would be expected to flower?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

X isfor Xanthotype Moth for ABC Wednesday

X is for Xanthous and also for Xanthotype Moth
Xanthous is a Greek adjective used to describe a yellow colour.  I read in a couple of places that xanthous  colour was that of the yellow of an egg yolk. Seen below the yellow yoke of a freshly boiled egg  cut in half for my morning's breakfast.


Several years ago I found a pretty yellow moth in our yard. I found its id and discovered that this moth actually was known by two names.  And most important for today's post I found that it was caled a Xanthotype Moth... go figure.  I guess its yellow colour had an influence on its naming It is also known as a Geometer Moth.
I am linking today to Mrs. Nesbitts ABC Wednesday which can be found at

http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.ca/