Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
At this point, the batteries on my camera were low and I hadn't brought spares so I had to be very stingy with the photos. I didn't take any pictures of a tomato and sweet pepper garden that had been thoughtfully laid out. Right now it was just green, but when the tomatoes and peppers ripen it will be a really colourful, multi-level planting. Lots of other vegetables and fruit were planted in attractive ways.
Next time, the experimental area of the gardens and a garden that just stopped me in my tracks.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mulleins are quite remarkable in their sturdiness. These ones are about 7' tall but shows no signs of flopping at all. Very sculptural.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I always find the variety in moths fascinating. This interesting moth is a small-eyed sphinx moth. I don't think I have ever seen one before. Our area is on the periphery of their range, which is mostly east and south of us.
Yes, this is indeed a moth, the yellow-necked caterpillar moth. It's only about an inch long and very easily dismissed as a bit of rolled up leaf. This guy as a caterpillar likes to munch on a variety of hardwood trees so no surprise that it's here.
I think this is a Rose Hooktip. I couldn't get a photo of the top surface but judging by the waviness of the wings and the broad band of lighter colour at the edge of the wings, I think that's what it is. I'm guessing it eats roses so perhaps it has been munching on my rugosa rose.
An excellent site with great photos of Ontario moths is www.backyardnature.net
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
the darling of the day,
grinning and boasting,
throwing us like batons,
higher and higher.
sends us crashing
the great destroyer,
marching over friendships
Saturday, July 12, 2014
They live on a farm that also has sheep and llamas. The donkeys and llamas are probably protection for the sheep from dogs, coyotes, or wolves. A well-aimed hoof can do a lot to deter a predator.