20170801 Camp Eley Telephotos

We used the Panasonic-Leica 100-400 mm (200-800 mm EFL for 35mm format) on the GH4 to compose scenes in front of (North Channel) and behind the residence at Camp Eley.   Here are some images of what we saw …

North Channel looking southerly towards the north shore of the west end of Manitoulin Island.

Gulls coming and going …

Paul’s Inuksuk..

30+ footer sailing eastward in North Channel.

Graceful lines of a Tern, probably a Common Tern ,  as it cruises the shoreline for minnows.

Dax ID’d this is an Osprey.  An alternative is an immature American Bald Eagle…

Canada Goose inspects Paul’s Way Marker ….

Mink scrambling along the slippery rock …


Stormy weather to the East …

In the “back yard” we saw lots of critters, including this Ctenucha virginica , with coiled proboscis, having lunch with a hoverfly or a wasp.

Yum, Yum.  Feasting time….

Perfect location for this Killdeer …

Hoverfly on mustard …

Mustard at a perfect stage for steaming  .. like Rapini.

A first for me….Blackburnian Warbler.  It showed for a very brief visit so I didn’t hear its voice.

This Song Sparrow was silent, no songs….

Mustard Blossom is home for many little critters.

Bumble Bee loading up on nectar while carrying a big load of pollen on its legs …

This Hoverfly is also positioning for some nectar from the tubular Mint blossoms …

Northern Flicker is visited by a friend …

Looks like my friend isn’t stopping to say hello!….

Cornus canadensis (Canadian dwarf cornel, Canadian bunchberry, quatre-temps, crackerberry, creeping dogwood) are forming ripe fruit with seeds within.   Said to be edible, with an apple-like flavour.   I haven’t tried them.

Little Wood Satyr on a spruce twig …

Impatiens capensis, the orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam is blooming, identifying the plant as one of the useful ones for treating poison ivy.

Ripening Wild Hazelnut on the Camp Eley Road north of the Railway Crossing.

We had a great time at Camp Eley and hope to get back this fall to see the fall migration and the Bald Eagles fishing for salmon spawning in nearby streams.  Great hosts make it a very pleasant spot.


20170801 Camp Eley FZ1000 photos

We enjoyed a wonderful visit at a little paradise on the North Channel near Iron Bridge.  The quality of the hospitality was only exceeded by the charm and grace of the hostess.

I shared the use of the FZ1000 with Perry and Dax.   Here are some of the photos we came up with..

Perry’s first B.I.F. (Birds in Flight) Photography …

Great Blue Heron does a fly-by for Perry …

Dax captures an uncommon  Yellow Throated Vireo, lurking in the Fringed Brome, confirmed by Colleen’s knowledge of bird songs.

Dax captures a Bald Eagle harrassing a bird that he identifies as an Osprey…

Dax captures a Bumble Bee with an extended proboscis …

Dax’s Little Wood Satyr

Obviously both of the above photographers know to look into the scene instead of looking at the scene!

These two photos were taken around 5:00 am with the camera propped on a bench, using a shutter delay and a shutter interval of 60 seconds. (EXIFs are intact for photographers.)

The above are worth enlarging (by clicking on the image and using your browser’s back button to return) to see the structure of the strikes.   The mood  of the scene as seen from the covered porch is quite well captured, I think.   The only part that is missing is the swarm of mosquitoes that arrived at daybreak after the rain.



20170729 Hwy 529 Bugs and Butterflies

A quick trip down Hwy 529 showed these images through the 100-400 mm lens:

This might be a female  White-faced Meadowhawk(?) resting on a milkweed leaf…

If you are interested in learning more about Eastern Canada “Odes”  (Dragonflies are members of the Order Odonata)  have a look at  Mark Dennis’s website:  https://quebecodes.wordpress.com/         There you can follow links to his books and other sites of interest to naturalists.  He’s a very assertive, direct and engaging  writer.

The lack of “the spot” identifies this Vanessa as a Painted  Lady…..

I suspect that this is a Generation 3 Monarch loading up with nectar to produce a 4th (Diapause)Generation that will migrate south during the end of August and September.  See:  https://monarchlab.org/biology-and-research/biology-and-natural-history/breeding-life-cycle/annual-life-cycle/

Monarchs in Generations 3 and 4 are the great- and great-great grandchildren of the overwintering monarchs. They are laid throughout the northern part of the range of eastern migratory monarchs from late May through July (Generation 3), and late June through August (Generation 4). Some generation 3 individuals emerge early enough to reproduce in the northern part of their breeding range or after moving south (see immature distribution map). However, Generation 3 individuals that emerge late in August will undergo diapause and migrate to Mexico, as will most Generation 4 individuals.

In the meantime I am keeping an eye on these rolled-up Staghorn Sumac leaves to see what emerges.  Illinois Wildflowers suggests some possibilities.

Notice the huge blob of pollen on the leg of this Bombus:


Mary Anne Borg has  great advice to attract and sustain these Great Spangled Fritillaries….

Most of the Spreading Dogbane has matured to the “bean” stage now.  Some patches still have some blooms to attract pollinators, though.  This pollinator attractor  would make a good groundcover for open spaces.

Mark Berkery has some nice macro photography here: https://beingmark.com/2017/08/04/picture-perfect/



20170728 Killarney and Burwash

Above Photo:  Chikanishing Creek as seen from Hwy 637 about 1.5 km SW of the Main Entrance to Killarney PP.

We made a quick trip to Killarney to visit the “Friends of Killarney” bookstore at the park entrance.  I was looking for this Dragonfly Field Guide.  Alas, out of stock in Killarney so now we have an excuse to make a trip to Huntsville.  On the way back from Killarney we made a quick detour to Burwash.  This is some of what we saw:

Great Spangled Fritillary nectaring on Daisy Fleabane at Chikanishing Creek …

Spiraea alba, commonly known as meadowsweet, white meadowsweet, narrowleaf meadowsweet, pale bridewort, or pipestem

Blueberries are ripening …

Pretty green Grasshopper…

Ranchers despise the various species of Knapweeds, some of which are known as “Hardheads”.

The Large Leaved Asters are starting to bloom already  …. signalling the approach of the end of summer!

Common Yarrow plants are still blooming…

Some wild hazelnuts that have not yet been harvested by squirrels, Blue Jays and humans….

Big crops of cultivar Honeysuckle berries  at Burwash….

Orange Hawkweed, Devils Paintbrush are still blooming along the Burwash Road ….

If you are interested in Butterflies check this blog out:  https://leplog.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/mid-atlantic-butterfly-field-forecast-for-the-week-of-2017-august-5/    Awesome stuff at that site!

And if you are local or passing through, this is always worthwhile:    https://www.parrysound.com/parrysound-community/sideroads/   Great photography and interesting articles.

20170726-27 Trip to Manitoulin Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of 2 about our trip to Manitoulin on a rainy July 26  and sunshiny July 27.  Part 1 follows after this post.  (Below this post if you’re using Brtthome’s Blog. or click on the previous  arrow if you are using https://brtthome.com/2017/08/04/20170726-27-trip-to-manitoulin-part-2-of-2/)

This is some of what was seen through the 100-400 mm lens on the GH4 on that trip:

Common chicory (aka  blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, and wild endive)    was resplendent along most of the roadway.

Doe licking lips after early morning snack …

Dew drenched Sandhill Crane checks out intruder …

Lady Cedar Waxwing giving some advice to her partner….

Queen Anne’s Lace  is edible but must be harvested very carefully.  It has poisonous look-alikes.

QAL bud …

Sweet Clover collecting morning dew …

This plant has an  interesting history


Morning dew forming droplets in the early sun …

A couple more of this beautiful blue flower …

Close up of the buck in the “Featured Image” which will show above the title block on computers.   It seems to disappear on phones.

We had a great time.  TinTin met a new playmate and socialized well with humans.

Part 1 follows this post, in reverse chronological order.  🙂




20170726-27 Trip to Manitoulin Part 1 of 2

We visited kin at Bass Creek Resort.  Here are some scenes we saw on a very rainy July 26 and a sunshiny July 27:

I suspect that this Pine Tree on Quartzite above the road to Willisville has been photographed many times.

Quaint Cafe in Whitefish Falls ….

Quaint signage in Whitefish Falls …

Strawberry Island as seen from Hwy 6, NE of Goat Island.

Stormy Day at 10 Mile Point with little Loon Island in middle ground.

5:11 AM  the next morning.  That is Venus, upper right.

5:55 AM:

Above: How did that bush in the foreground move?


Bush is back in normal location at 6:05 AM….

Roll of low cloud accents this cabin on Green Bay Road…

Backlit Elm on Green Bay Road…

The above, Part 1 of 2, was photographed with the FZ1000 Fixed Lens Panasonic Camera.    Part 2 will have photos taken with the 100-400 telephoto lens on the GH4 Interchangeable Lens Panasonic Camera.




20170723-24 Hwy 529: Pollinators and Prey

Above Photo:  Steeple bush

Quick trips down Hwy 529 yielded these scenes:

A Crab Spider has captured a bumblebee for lunch …

Pickerel Weed blooming in the rain …

Soaked Bumble Bee clings to Golden Rod to dry out.  It seems obvious why these critters do not fly in the rain!

The next day the Crab Spider is back in ambush mode …

This Great Blue Heron fishes in the distance …

Pair of Great Spangled Fritillaries lunching together …

A well worn Skipper resting with an  Orange belted Bumblebee.

This fickle Fritillary is lunching with a skipper …

Two different Skippers, lunching.

This one might be a Dion Skipper.

Have a look at https://thelensandi.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/of-ladybugs-and-horse-tales/     for some extraordinary photography and elegant text.

And how about this one:   https://thelensandi.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/insight/    ?


Well worth following!