Archive for August, 2006

sooner or later it was bound to happen

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I knew that if I could just be patient, sooner or later I’d manage to catch one of the Monarch caterpillars in the process of transforming into a chrysalis. This evening, it finally happened — and it was worth the wait! What a strange process! Some might even describe it as a little bizarre. Some […]

don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Monday, August 21st, 2006

One would think I had nothing else to write about apart from butterflies, but it seems that they’re at the forefront of life around the farm just at the moment. They seem to be everywhere and always getting in front of my camera when I’m out for my daily insects walks. That said, there’s a […]

an independent thinker

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

It’s cool and rainy and I felt like taking the day off from posting, but then *this* came along and asked to be reported. Yesterday, I had mentioned that caterpillars “become very restless and prone to wander far once they begin looking for a place to pupate.” This morning, I found the chrysalis of an […]

on becoming green

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

For the past few weeks, I’ve been saying that I’d try to photograph the transformation of a Monarch from caterpillar to chrysalis (pupation). Unfortunately, until this week, I struck out repeatedly as each caterpillar seemed to choose a time when I wasn’t available to watch. This week, I finally managed to catch most of the […]

the dog days of summer

Friday, August 18th, 2006

We’re into what I think of as the dog days of summer. Yesterday the skies were clear and the weather was hot. Today, it’s a little overcast, but supposed to go to 30C (about 86F). We probably won’t have much more of this kind of weather before the arrival of the cooler days of autumn. […]

I and the Bird #30

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Welcome to the 30th edition of I and the Bird. We’ve received a wonderful collection of interesting and informative submissions from near and far. Topics range from species identification and behaviour, to birding trips to a variety of destinations, to avian health issues. I hope you’ll enjoy reading each piece as much as I did […]

danger and rescue in the woods

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

This is a story. It happened a long time ago. Our family cottage was built among the dark and brooding coniferous woods along the Ottawa River. We drew our drinking water from a well located up a forest trail. In summer, my younger brother and I had the small task of drawing the occasional bucket […]