Category Archives: nature

Bee Orange

Bee sluggishly resting on orange flower on warm day during Labor Day weekend sensing Winter is coming.

Bee sluggishly resting on orange flower out in Eastern Townships on unusually warm day during 2017 Labor
Day weekend.

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Bee resting on orange flower out in Eastern Townships during Labor Day weekend unusually warm Autumn weather.

Summer this year was mostly wet, a continuance of our Spring which for the first time in 100 years brought flood waters onto the north-western part of island of Montreal causing considerable loss and hardship to many.

With the month of August we got lucky because things dried up and the sun came back along with warmer weather which continues even into the waning days of October however, Winter is just around the corner and insects like this bee already sensed their time is up.

This tiny fella seemed sluggishly resting instead of buzzing around from flower to flower like usual.

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

Night Camp Fire Glow

Labor Day ended enjoying night camp fire glow from intense flame and occasional sparks.

Labor Day ended with night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on hillside in
deep darkness.

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Last Labor Day ended with a night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on that hillside in deep darkness enjoying intense flame and occasional sparks.

It was perhaps one of the best gathering of the clan on a most wonderful weekend which finished off with a near professional  fireworks display going off nearby a little after this picture was taken.

As my picture shows everyone had a great time earlier in the day with all sorts of merriment and games helped somewhat later with a few brewskis, wine, and a ton of wonderful food of all sorts.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”GLOW”

Bug Interest

Giant Pileated Woodpecker's bug interest is evident when perched high up utility pole eating insects.

Pileated Woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up Hydro Quebec utility pole pecking insects.

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Giant red crowned woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up ready to peck out any insects on utility pole.

Perhaps, it spotted some wood-boring beetle larvae on pole or more likely carpenter ants which are more numerous and create tunneled colonies in trees.

Early last week I heard a familiar loud unique crazy piercing staccato sound emanating somewhere nearby my backyard and while trying to discern which bird was making it I saw a very large bird suddenly fly by and land on the Hydro Quebec utility pole.

Realizing what I just saw I scrambled for my digital camera to make a photograph before it flew off off fortunately I was quick enough however, I was limited to what I could capture.

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large elusive North American bird slightly larger than common crows, called “pileated” taken from Latin word pileatus meaning capped referring to its prominent red crest.

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

Irrelevant Shadow

Irrelevant shadow image on sidewalk around noon on bright Summer day is interesting one.

Irrelevant shadow image on sidewalk around noon on bright Summer day may perhaps, be an
interesting image worthwhile for this post.

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An irrelevant shadow appears on sidewalk around noon, the hottest brightest part of summer day captured by this digital image.

There really was no real reason to take this picture except for the fun of it perhaps, just to see how it would turn out .

After some photo editing I have created an interesting irrelevant image perhaps worthwhile for this post.

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

More Than One Leaf

More than one leaf down like this pile of mostly red and yellow maple leaves awaiting Winter snows.

Late Fall brings more than one leaf down like this pile of mostly red and yellow maple leaves resting on ground awaiting Winter snows.

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Late Fall brings more than one leaf down from their Summer perch on trees to land on ground and
collect sometimes in vast piles after a particularly windy cold Autumn day.

The scene is one pile of mostly red and yellow maple leaves, the colors of Autumn, resting on
the ground awaiting the cold Winter season snows to sweep in.

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

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”.