Archive for February, 2007

garter and ribbon snakes

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Eastern Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) near Charleston Lake – May 16, 2004.
This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for awhile. In fact, I was almost certain I had already written about this, but when I checked, nope! So, as there’s still snow on the ground, and I’m feeling very antsy [...]

new life for old photos

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Last week, I wrote a little about the photo restoration project that I’m currently working on. The photos are part of a collection of old family photo albums and other memorabilia. The above is a section of a photo of my mom’s mother (click on it for a larger view). I believe [...]

chilled bees & yellow rain

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) – one of hundreds found on the snow.
Click on all images for larger views.
Yesterday, Don, Sabrina and I spent part of the morning hiking at the Ferguson Forestry Centre near Kemptville. When we left the house, the temperature was around -13C (9F), but the sun was shining brightly. We [...]

pictographs & lava tubes

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

This morning, while looking for a particular photo, I came across the above image from last autumn’s trip out west. I’ve been meaning to go back through those photos and post a few more from the trip as there are so many nice images I’d like to share.
The above photo was [...]

porcupine quill box

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Porcupines here in eastern Ontario. This morning, while casting about for an idea for something to write about, I happened to look at the above quillwork box and thought how well it would relate to the Porcupine piece.
The round box in these three photos [...]

porcupines

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

This post is in reply to a special request from my mom. She was looking through my online Porcupine gallery and suggested that I should write something about them. As it happens, this is a very good time of the year to be thinking about Porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) as we’ll soon be seeing [...]

up, up and away in my beautiful balloon

Monday, February 19th, 2007

It’s been quite cold in this area for the past few days, so I haven’t been able to spend as much time outdoors as usual. I’m very much looking forward to some mild temperatures so that I can go out looking for snow surface insects and spiders, a pursuit that can keep me occupied [...]