Category Archives: nature

Solidago Nectar Flavor

Honey bees like one depicted really enjoy visiting their Solidago whose nectar flavor is incredibly delicious.

Honey bees really enjoy visiting their Solidago a great food source whose nectar flavor is incredible and also an excellent pollen source.

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Honey bees like one depicted really enjoy visiting their Solidago whose nectar flavor is incredible heck, after buzzing around from one flower to different flower collecting pollen all day having some is refreshing.

Solidago (genus) commonly known as Goldenrod is a herbaceous, perennial, wildflower named for its vivid golden-yellow numerous, tiny flowers that bristle these two to three-foot tall plants stalks.

A hardy, very aggressive, spreader, this weed can take over an area if allowed, is a member of huge Aster flowering plants family native to North America,  growing as wildflowers in pastures and along roadsides.

Another famous related Aster family member sharing same pastures and roadsides is the Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), both attract and are a food source for Monarch, Clouded Sulfur, American Small Copper, and Gray Hairstreak butterflies.

The Goldenrod is also a great food and pollen source for wild bees like the one in our picture.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FLAVOR”.

Flame Toasting Bun…Priceless!

Watching this guy try flame toasting his hotdog bun on campfire's flame seemed priceless.

Flame toasting a hotdog bun…priceless!

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Flame toasting a hotdog bun…priceless!

In my mind watching this guy trying toasting his hotdog bun on campfire’s open flame seemed incredible because I’ve never done it nor attempted to however, this guy did it successfully at least this one time.

Labor Day weekend and it was party time out in the Eastern Townships with lots friends and a ton of mostly homemade party foods, dogs, burgers and stuff, as well as ice-cold brewskis and some wine refreshments.

The weather was cooperating also on Saturday, a little chilly early in day when breezy typical of September however, few clouds and sunny, the warm sun improved it all as the day progressed.

Later on in the afternoon they decided to start a campfire to cook some hotdogs and marshmallows for the children (not shown) and this when our man decides to toast his bun on the flame while I’m watching to see what will happen.

For the record, this guy only managed to lose one bun after successfully toasting about half a dozen for himself and his buddy showing his hairy legs on extreme left corner of this picture.

The most amazing thing here is that he did it with long stick and not with a metal wire like many people have used to toast buns on a flame.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PRICELESS”.

Prickle Weeds

Weeds including prickle weeds, go wild during particularly wet Summer like this year in Canada's east coast.

Weeds, including prickle weeds like depicted, go wild during particularly wet Summer like this year in Canada’s east coast while west coast’s forests burn because lack of rain.

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Dandelions,  prickle weeds like depicted Canada Thistle, Creeping Charlie,etc.,  go wild during wet Summer like Quebec and Canada’s east coast is experiencing this year while West Coast forests burn due lack of rain.

Alleged “climate change” is blamed for what is happening and there is an element of truth in it all however, our limited recorded history throws some doubt on it all because even before the term was coined our planet has had good and bad weather along with extreme fluctuations in temperature.

Our reliance on technology and in particular computer generated weather and temperature charts based on data gathered by humans and software programs also created by humans to accurately predict our planet’s future is a recipe for disaster.

We are error prone therefore the basis for our decisions extracted from computers is also not reliable enough to make possibly very costly conclusions moreover, there is no shortage of well placed and connected international criminals waiting to profit from it all.

This doesn’t mean that no more real scientific work needs be done to ensure credible data  however, all ideology tainted science must be denied free reign as it seems to have presently.

Our governments need to decide honestly and properly how our taxes are spent regarding any influence humans can muster against the forces of nature for the benefit of humankind.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PRICKLE”.

Jiffy Delta Solution

Jiffy delta fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate flying bloodsuckers.

Jiffy delta fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate multitudes of pesky flying
bloodsuckers as black flies, deer-flies, horse-flies, mosquitoes, etc.

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Jiffy delta wing fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate multitudes of pesky, annoying, disease carrying flying bloodsuckers as black-flies, deer-flies, horse-flies, mosquitoes, etc.

All it takes is a visit to the local dollar store to buy a package or two rolls of sticky fly-catching paper afterwards unrolling the stuff, cutting to length, carefully positioning, and securing it all to your cap with some “bobby” pins and…voila!

Your next job is to venture outside where the suckers are so they can buzz around your head and while trying to quietly and discretely land for lunch on your blood get caught up in the traffic mess as depicted in the image.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”JIFFY”.

Alien Pod Delivery

Highly toxic new born Amanita family member appears an alien pod awaiting delivery by ambushing who disturbs it.

Brand new Amanita family member appears an alien pod awaiting delivery by ambushing who discovers and disturbs it somewhere deep in Eastern Townships forest.

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Brand new Amanita family member appears an alien pod awaiting delivery in photo edited green, brown, and
a touch of navy blue and yellow color surroundings finished off with some artificial fog.

This highly toxic new born mushroom is just emerging from its eggshell like white shroud deep in Eastern Townships forest meanwhile, a ray of sunshine baths a part of it.

Although this particular mushroom looks similar to Amanita Caesaria, the only member of this deadly family that is sought after and edible, I am not an expert and must assume it is poisonous.

The bright red egg , its cap, emerging from shroud reminds us of Hollywood sci-fi movie “Alien” where similar type pods were space monster hatchlings waiting in ambush to spring out, attach, and invade bodies of human explorers investigating a distress signal from long dead alien giant victims space cargo ship.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DELIVERY”.

Elemental Minus One

Classic elemental components minus one evident in camp fire however, water was abundant nearby.

Classic elemental components minus one evident in image of burning country camp fire  surrounded by large rocks to control flames.

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Classic elemental components minus one are evident in this image of burning country camp fire surrounded by rocks to keep the flames under control.

Despite water being missed in this image it was certainly abundant nearby ensuring this picture’s qualification for classical four elements earth, air, water, and fire.

The scene is late July, this Summer, on a hill in the mountains of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an area that I enjoy visiting often especially in fair weather something in very short supply this year.

The birthday party had been a great success everybody had a wonderful time celebrating and enjoying plenty of drinks, food, and traditional cake for the occasion however, it was evening, time for a campfire.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”ELEMENTAL”.

Foggy Memphremagog

Foggy Memphremagog under certain weather conditions, when day is cold and lake water temperature warmer.

Foggy Memphremagog sometimes in Summer under certain weather conditions however, in the Fall this is more likely if day is cold and lake water temperature is warmer.

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Foggy Memphremagog happens sometimes in Summer under certain weather conditions however, it is in the Fall that this is more likely if the day is cold and  lake water temperature is warmer.

It is in the early part of the day, the morning, when this normally happens as shown in this picture on hill overlooking this lake.

Fog is also noticed in boggy, low-lying, areas such as swamps that are found all over the Eastern Townships of Quebec during the fall season because of  the temperature differences .

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FOGGY”.

Green Bumpy-Smooth Textures

Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny bits with smooth parts on worm-like body riding tiny red legs.

Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny tissue bits intermittently separated with smooth sections covering worm-like body riding multiple, teeny, red legs.

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Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny tissue bits intermittently separated with smooth sections looking like stripes covering worm-like body riding on multiple, teeny, pointy, red legs.

Since I never handled this creature with my bare hands I can only guess how it all feels based on what my HD picture shows to be very bumpy surface.

An interesting thing is that long pointy thing at one end of this caterpillar, which is probably part of its defense system because many predators may mistake it for its head meanwhile, the real one is on the other side with the tiny red tipped antennae.

I found this caterpillar in the backyard garden on top of some leaves picked it up with a twig and placed it into an empty white plastic yogurt cup for examination and taking this digital image.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”TEXTURES”.

Shallow Fresh Water Stream

Shallow fresh water stream in Eastern townships mountains forest, whose water source is deep in huge rock formation.

Shallow fresh water stream, whose water source is deep in some huge rock formation, in Eastern Townships mountains
forest runs down ravine cut into solid granite rock, plentiful in this area.

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Depicted shallow mountain fresh water stream in Eastern Townships forest runs down ravine cut into solid rock much of it granite with a bit of quartz, plentiful in this area.

Hiking through the forest we came upon this little meandering stream, whose water source is deep in some huge rock formation probably kilometers away east of where we were.

The scene was July 16, 2017 somewhere near Lake Memphremagog near US border on a nice, very sunny, warm, Sunday when a group of us decided to hike through some unknown territory to most except for our leader, who had already marked our path earlier.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SHALLOW”.

Gooseberry Fragrance

Raccoons can't resist gooseberry fragrance, a sweet odor signaling possible presence of ripe berries.

Summer brings many good smells including irresistible gooseberry fragrance, a sweet odor raccoons seem to like
investigating for ripe berries.

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Summer brings lots of good smells including irresistible gooseberry fragrance in air from small bushes loaded with big ripe and ripening juicy, sweet, berries.

Although some humans are more sensitive than others regarding sweet odors from multiple sources animals are much better equipped distinguishing yummy smells even in trace amounts.

Last week during night a gang of furry rascals raided our backyard probably deciding to investigate a strange sweet odor in the air fortunately I heard them and took action however, not before turning our gooseberries bushes a mess while they gorged themselves on ripe berries.

One of masked marauders’ leaders depicted, this mature raccoon looks so innocent meanwhile, keeping a careful eye on me concerned about what I was about to do to kick them out of the yard.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRAGRANCE”.