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Butterfly species Carleton University Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake

Butterflies – Plain Tiger – Danaus chrysippus

Butterflies – Plain Tiger – Danaus chrysippus

The above butterfly was photographed at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2009.

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Canada Explorer Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario

Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

We had tried to visit Fort George two days earlier but were greeted with torrential rain while still in the parking lot. See: Lots of rain!.

According to the government placard at the site, Fort George was constructed by order of Lieutenant Governor Simcoe (1796 – 1799). Fort George then served as the headquarters for Major-General Brock in 1812. In May, 1813, it was bombarded and captured by the Americans who constructed fortifications of their own on the site. These in turn were retaken by the British in December, 1813. In 1815, Fort George was described as “tumbling into ruins” and ordered abandoned. The present works are a reconstruction done in 1937 -1940, and represent the fort as it was in 1799-1833. Only the magazine of the original fort remains.

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Canada Explorer Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario

Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Orange Tiger Butterfly, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario

I like to photograph butterflies in the wild but when my wife decided that she would like to go to a matinee performance of a play at Niagara-on-the-Lake and it was okay for me to go off to the Butterfly Conservatory a few miles down the road, I didn’t hesitate too long. The day started out with a heavy rainstorm accompanied by high winds sending tree branches across the road and when I arrived at the Butterfly Conservatory I found the heat and humidity to be very oppressive. When I got into the conservatory, it was like walking into a steam bath with lot of visitors walking up and down the pathways and butterflies everywhere.

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Canada Explorer Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario

Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Tried to visit the fort today but the rains came down!

Update: returned two days later when the weather was more favourable. Fort George without the rain