Archive for July, 2006

what we missed

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Yesterday, while we were off photographing frogs, water bugs and turtles on Kemptville Creek, we missed some excitement here on the homefront. As predicted when posting my morning update on the Monarch caterpillar, it did make its transormation into a chrysalis while we were gone. We arrived home to find the tiny remains [...]

frogs, water bugs and turtles on Kemptville Creek

Monday, July 31st, 2006

We’re back into the hot weather here. Tomorrow’s forecast shows 35C (around 95F). Don and I spent most of yesterday paddling up Kemptville Creek above Oxford Mills. There’s a put-in spot in the small park just above the dam (see above – click on all images for a larger view). As canoe [...]

my cousin has great changes coming

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Yesterday, shortly before departing on our canoe trip, I checked on the Monarch caterpillar to see if it needed some fresh leaves. Imagine my dismay when I picked up the heap of slightly wilted leaves, only to find that the caterpillar was nowhere to be seen. However, it was soon found clinging to [...]

canoe magic

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Today was a good day. Balance was restored to my world. Canoe magic is back in my life.
It’s a bit of a long story, but the short of it is that the last time I was out in a canoe was a brief trip or two in 2004. So, [...]

gude clouds here

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

No insects today. Instead, it’ll be a story written before retiring tonight. If the weather cooperates, we’re off to do some canoeing in the morning as the temperatures are pretty steamy here — really a bit too warm for hiking. We have a few favourite creeks over-arched by trees, where we can [...]

badly behaved blog

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Arrrrrgggghhhh!!!!
It seems that my blog is behaving badly this afternoon. I just got an “Error 400 – Bad Request” when I came here to post something a few minutes ago. I’ve heard from a couple of people who have mentioned problems over the past couple of days or so. I don’t know [...]

the face that only a mother could love

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Earlier this week, when I posted the first piece on the Phymata (Ambush Bug), in the comments, romunov posted a photo of a very handsome Assassin Bug (family Reduviidae). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the most common species seen around our farm – I believe all of ours are Spined Assassin Bugs [...]