New England Trip 2012 – Day 9 – Chatham to Provincetown, Cape Cod

Chatham Lighthouse Cape Cod

Our plan for the day was to drive to Provincetown at the end of Cape Cod and then return to Chatham again in the evening. We had never been to Provincetown, so weren’t sure what we might find when we got there, or what we might see along the way. Our first side trip was to see the Chatham lighthouse and to look at a bit of the local shoreline. (above – click on thumbnail for larger version of information plaque) Continue reading

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012 – Final Day – October 8, 2012

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012 – Final Day – October 8, 2012

As is normal for the butterfly show at Carleton University, the number of people who want to get into the Greenhouses to see the butterflies tends to exceed the available time and at some point THE SIGN had to come out! Continue reading

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 3

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 3

I arrived at the Greenhouse on Monday just as the last of the school group tours was finishing for the day.  That left about an hour to photograph the butterflies with only a limited number of people in the greenhouse (i.e no line-up and no crowd).

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Butterflies – Small Postman – Heliconius erato

Butterflies – Small Postman – Heliconius erato

(perhaps subspecies petiverano)

Photographed at the Carleton University “Live” Butterfly exhibit in the Fall of 2010. (Location)

A small butterfly, the Small Postmen is commonly found in Central America and South America and occasionally as far north as Texas. It is a member of the sub-family Heliconiinae of the family Nymphalidae. The Erato longwings are also known as the Red Postman, and the Small Postman Longwing. This butterfly favors the Passiflora family of flowers (Passion Vines) and eats not only the nectar but also the pollen of this family of flowers.

I think that the above photo is of the subspecies Heliconius erato petiverano which is referred to as the Crimson-patched Longwing in Costa Rica. Size is generally about 7 cm.

The Heliconius erato are not poisonous but their colour and habits mimic the Heliconius melpomene which is poisonous or distasteful to predators.

 

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Wind! Wildlife! Hockey!

Wind!Lots of Wind! Wildlife! Hockey!
I didn’t have much exciting planned this afternoon when I opened the door and headed out to my car with my camera equipment. I thought that I might like to head to the Experimental Farm and photograph the Magnolias and other flowering trees. Then the wind and heat hit me right in the face. +26C or higher and wind gusts forecast in the 60kph- 90kph range! Continue reading

Varadero, Cuba – Morning has come.

Varadero, Cuba – Day 2 and morning has come.

After a good night’s sleep, we got up and headed over to the reception area of the Marina Palace complex to meet with Air Canada’s representative for the orientation session.  Weather was nice and warm so I also took the time to get a few photos along the way. Continue reading

Day 2 – Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

Day 2 – Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

I dropped by Carleton University’s Nesbitt Building greenhouses late on Sunday afternoon. This blog relates to what I saw and photographed on Sunday.  For more info about the show, times, directions, etc. see my earlier blog entry.

The doors close each day at 4PM and there were still a few visitors in the greenhouse when I arrived. A large Owl Butterfly was entertaining a young girl as her father tried to capture that one last photo before leaving.

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Day 1 – Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

Day 1 – Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

Today’s post provides a visual glimpse at some of the things that I saw and photographed on the first day of Carleton University’s 12th Annual Butterfly Show. For more details with respect to location, times, etc. please see my previous post.

First off, the show continues to as popular or even more popular than in previous years. I arrived shortly after lunch, and the line-up took about 45 minutes to get into the greenhouse area. It was cool and overcast outside but it didn’t rain (a good outcome).

Some of the children waited patiently in line with their parents or grandparents, but many, if not most, found other things to do such as sitting in the grass, rolling down the hill, searching for chestnuts or climbing the nearby chestnut tree. A chipmunk scampering in and out of the bushes added a bit more entertainment for the children.

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Carleton University Greenhouses, Ottawa, Ontario

After taking some more photos today at the Dow’s Lake Tulip beds, I drove around to the greenhouse complex at Carleton University. I was hoping to find out the dates for the annual butterfly display. I found out that the dates haven’t been finalized yet, so I just took a few more shots of the flowers in the greenhouse and headed on my way.
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Cycling in Florida – Merritt Island Revisited

Another sunny day with reasonable temperatures. Began the day walking the beach in Cape Canaveral and then returned to walk the trails of Merritt Island while John did another loop on his bike. On the previous day’s visit to Merritt Island, Black Vultures and Armadillos had been the primary subjects but today I was more interested in the wading and shoreline birds.

The waters in the Merritt Island wetlands come with two distinct characters. Part are left to rise and fall with the tides and part are behind control structures that keep the water at managed levels. This results in a broad variety of habitat and plenty of wading birds. One of the sought after species is the very colourful Roseate Spoonbill. Although I saw four of these beautiful birds in flight, none came within camera range.

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