The Doris Longwing is found in Central America south into the Amazon watershed of South America. The basic identification markings of this longwing are the two white markings on the fore wing. The Doris has different color variations (subspecies) depending on its habitat and where it is located. According to various sources, the color variations can include the blue/black combination of the hind wing as seen in the above photo or can be a combination of red/black or green/black. There are numerous other Longwings of the Heliconiidae family of butterflies and telling them apart is something that I am no expert on so ….
April 23, 2012 – Woke up this morning to heavily overcast skies, took a look out the window, and, like the weather forecasting groundhog, decided that it might be better to get back under the covers. Continue reading →
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 →
This AM, I had started off before sunrise driving to the airport so that my wife could catch a flight to Winnipeg. On the way home, I stopped first at Hogs Back Falls and then headed over to Fletcher Wildlife Garden to stretch my legs a bit and see what wildlife might want to come out to pose for my camera. Continue reading →
Hog’s Back Falls/Les Chutes De Hogs Back, Ottawa, Ontario (Location)
The morning had started pretty early for me since Adell was taking an early morning flight to Winnipeg and that meant driving her to the airport for about 5:30AM. I knew from publications of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) and from seeing the water levels of the Jock River for the recent Jock River Canoe-Kayak race that water levels in the Rideau River waterway were lower than normal for this time of the year. There had also been a bit of discussion in recent newscasts about the impact of recent budget cuts on the timing of the opening of the Rideau Canal. Since I was already up bright and early and driving around, I decided that it would be as good as time as any to head over to Hog’s Back Falls and see what impact the water levels were having on the appearance of that bit of the Rideau River. Continue reading →
Over the past number of years, the residents, and councillors representing them, have had a number of discussions and disagreements with builders over what should or should not be done with some of Kanata’s natural spaces. Continue reading →
Rideau Trail – Marlborough Forest – Cedar Grove Walking Trail
Today the weather looked very promising so we planned a little outing to part of the Rideau Trail that passe through the Marlborough Forest. The Rideau Trail itself runs from Ottawa to the Kingston area through a variety of landscapes with some areas being flat and boggy, other areas being mixed farmland and other areas catching part of the granite outcroppings of the lower edges of the Canadian Shield. The small part that we were visiting today was of the boggy cedar grove nature.