2nd quarter 2012 – MPT most viewed

2nd quarter 2012 – MPT most viewed

The following subjects were the most viewed MPT blog posts for the past three months.

Top ranking – The two Kingdom of Osgoode posts from 2011 – I guess everyone likes looking at brides on horses with an entourage of armor-coated best men! Hopefully, Graeme or I will be able to photograph this year’s event. Always interesting!
Kingdom of Osgoode 2011
Hand Fasting Wedding at the Mediæval Fair in Osgoode, Ontario – July 2011

Near the top (educational post)– Images of Poison Ivy. No surprise there. Each year, as the itching begins, people find out that they, or their children, have been exposed to Poison Ivy and, since the rash shows up a day or two after exposure, the search for images and information invariably leads the sufferers to our poison ivy pictorial tutorial. Doesn’t stop the scratching but at least, hopefully, our posting will help some folks avoid contact and avoid the suffering the next time they get near the stuff.
Poison Ivy (Images and Description)

Near the top (athletics post) – Images from the Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon were the most active but a significant number of individuals still arrive each month to look through the many pages of the posting for the 2011 Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour.
The Marathon
Ottawa Bicycle Club 2011 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour


Near the top (Scientific posts)
Sun photos (With solar filter)

Near the top (Flora and fauna posts) – Butterfly images get top billing but snakes are also right up there! Most searches for butterfly information arrive at our Carleton University butterfly exhibit summary page. Since we have butterfly images scattered throughout our posts, the total number of visitors coming to our posts due to butterflies is definitely high. Snakes on the other hand are just too numerous at the Narcisse snake pits in Manitoba. Visitors to that post just love to pass the link along to their friends to freak them out :-)!
Butterflies at Carleton University – using the MPT internal search function (upper right of screen just above “share this blog”) usually works well for finding other butterfly images in MPT posts but can sometimes yield interesting results.

Narcisse, Manitoba snake pits – an MPT image from this post is highlighted in one of Frommer’s tour guides which suggests the Narcisse pits as a top tourist destination for May – if you like snakes, that is.

Near the top (International travel) – Individually, each travel post gets high numbers of views but, collectively, views on posts for individual trips are always very high. To see our posts from a particular international region, just click on the category box to the right of the screen. Whether searching the Serengeti for lions or snorkeling in Saipan or just wandering through New York City, we hope that you will find some interesting images and come back often.

Best of summer to everyone.




Perth Nature Reserve – Another visit


Perth Nature Reserve – Another visit

As I headed out of town for another visit to the Perth Wildlife Reserve, I wondered about what the Carp Landfill (a.k.a. Carp Mountain) might look like in a number of years and reflected on how controversial land fill sites are at one end of the ecological spectrum and then how tough it sometimes is to get funding to maintain wildlife areas both in urban areas and in rural areas.

It was overcast and a bit cooler out so the snakes were not out and about in the numbers that I had seen a few days earlier but there were enough fo them to keep me busy trying to photograph  them in the open. (Red-sided garter snake)

A bull frog waits in the shallows of the nearby marshland.  Larger bull frogs eat snakes and the snakes, in turn, are happy to eat smaller frogs.

The Northern Water Snake, as its name implies, is normally found in or around water but in the Spring when it is moving from the underground dens where it overwinters  back to the water it will be encountered on land and sometimes reasonably far from water.

Some creatures like to live in rather unsightly locations :-).

Chichen-Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico


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Snow Snakes and other things, Kanata, Ontario

Corn Stubble at Dusk

Snow Snakes and other things, Kanata, Ontario

I hadn’t started the day out with any particular photographic goal, but as I was coming home, I noticed the sun shining off the dome of the Greek Orthodox Church and so grabbed my camera and, after one thing led to another, I found myself out after sunset with camera in hand.
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