20170814 Reposting of 20150814 Trip to Moose Lake via Hwy 529 …. some bugs and blossoms

This post was entered as a “Page” in error back in August 2015!   Now, in August 2017 I am moving it back into the blog two years after it was photographed and written.

That will leave “Pages” ( Home, About, Gallery, Making Pictures, & others to come later) up in the title block as ongoing references.

Here is the original August 2015 posting.  Not much has changed.  Moose Lake still serves very good ice-cream.

We saw a lot of late summer activity.  Here are the highlights.

This grasshopper’s flight resembles a high speed butterfly.  Study grasshoppers.


Keeping track of the photographer…


Last of the milkweed blossoms attracting bees and butterflies in need of nectar …


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Pods are forming quickly ..


Yet another nectar source for the last of the Monarchs.

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Jewelweed is a well known soother for poison ivy.


Joe Pye Weed flower head is an uncommon place for a grasshopper.


Joe Pye Weed just starting to bloom….


On of my favorite summer (and winter indoor) flowers …  Pearly everlasting.

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A source of nectar for this butterfly (duskywing skipper?)

EDIT:   Nope!   Try American Lady.


Stowing proboscis prior to flight ….


Bumble bee visiting purple loosestrife


This shows why purple loosestrife is considered to be an invasive specie in our wetlands:


After stopping for a “moose tracks” ice cream cone at Moose Lake Trading Post, I headed back to Britt and saw some towering clouds on the northern horizon…..  the subject of yet another post to this blog.

You’ll have to go back to the 2015 Archives if you’d like to see the posts either before or after the original post.

20170811-13 Local Great Blue Heron, bugs, berries and blooms

This Great Blue Heron was seen on the bank of the stream that crosses the intersection of Hwy 529 and Hwy 645.   It was very skittish and took off while I was adjusting my camera to capture its take-off.   Next time ……

The Highbush Cranberries are ripening, soon to be raided by many birds and mammals…

Very dense seedhead of Sow Thistle

Ripening Chokecherries …

A White Admiral and a Viceroy are gathering some moisture from a driveway on Old Still River Road….

Male Whitefaced Meadowhawk

Female contemplating approach of a meal …

Another male…

Yet to be  identified pretty little flower …

Although I read that some longhorn beetles consume nectar I couldn’t see any evidence that this one was getting any.

Syrphid fly on a blossom of a Black Eyed Susan ..

Very strange but colourful changes  in the chlorophyll of these emergent Red Maple shoot…

Yum Yum: Prunus Virginiana

This shows why the specie name of this Viburnum is trilobum

Another Viburnum with a very different leaf.

Late season Leonard’s Skipper nectaring on Joe Pye Weed…

A pair of Bluets mating …

This might be a female immature bobolink on the railway track ballast …

Mary Holland tells about your competition when harvesting beaked hazelnuts.