I took a short hike on a section of the Grand in Kitchener and was greeted by some colourful distractions. Two different butterflies or moths... I am not sure which. I watched this one fly around for a while and settle in a sandy area. I watched it stretch its wings and then seemingly lie down on the sand like some beach lover in search of a tan ready to soak up rays. It lay there relaxing for about five minutes then gently fluttered its wings and took off. I would like to ask anyone who can help identify this insect to help me out. I didn't have much success on the web.
*** I had several people write in and thank you to the people who did. I have been convinced that this is a question mark butterfly by a GRCA Staff member.
More and more flowers are making a welcome return to the banks of the Grand. I noticed several species today including this bloodroot which was growing near the Walter Bean trail that is accessed off Riverbend Drive in Kitchener.
When I found this frog on the Grand in Waterloo, it remained motionless while I photographed it even as I changed lenses and leaned in to get a tighter shot. I know that's part of their defence technique. If I don't move then you can't see me. It worked to my advantage, allowing me to make sure my focus was where it needed to be.
But while the frog was looking at me, and I was looking at the frog, it took me a second or two to realize that the swaying of aquatic vegetation in the forground was actually a school of small fish that didn't subscribe to the whole stay still school of thought. I noticed a few of these schools making their way upstream, close to the shore, and made a few photos of them but had problems keeping them sharp because the water was pretty silty and had a film of scum on the surface that quickly rendered anything below it mushy.
The frog did eventually take off while I fiddled with my camera. When I looked back, there was nothing but a little cloud of mud.
I saw this little guy in the long grass next to the river, near West Montrose, during my afternoon hike. I was staring up at the darkening clouds and wondering if I'd end up getting soaked when I must have spooked him, and he flopped around the grass until made it to the shore and bellyflopped into the water. I made a few pictures while he swam within a few feet of the shore, chewing on some vegetation.
What a great day to be out, in weather that doesn't require wearing layers.
This week has produced some really nice sunsets. I have found myself driving back from Cambridge for one reason or another each time. I couldn't resist stopping at the slit barn on the RARE lands, http://www.raretome.ca to take a picture of the crown of one of the mature, giant trees that compliment the landscape. My favorites are the great majestic oaks that grace the grassy meadows on sections of the property.
I had a chance to take a walk down the Grand near the Blair area of Cambridge. The last two days have provided some interesting weather. One minute the sun was out and the river was bathed in warm sunshine. The next, dark clouds washed over the sky bringing with them rain and small hail. I took this picture of a tree that must have been carried downstream with spring runoff. It really stood out when the sun came out, mimicking some skeletal hand reaching up from the depths of the river.