Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar


I discovered this wee beastie making its way across some concrete and gravel, and couldn’t resist taking its photo.

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

I later discovered that it is the caterpillar for the Spurge Hawkmoth. This moth was introduced into North America from Europe because it liked to eat spurge. Now spurge is a noxious weed that was introduced into North America from Europe.

You think we would learn to stop trying to do Mother Nature’s job?

An Abandoned Farm & Some Nature Photos


On July 3rd my friend Sue and I went out for a combination hike and photo shoot of two abandoned farms. I have two good Nikon cameras, so I set one of the cameras on auto-mode with a wide-angle lens and gave that to my friend so she could take photos of things that caught her fancy. The first abandoned farm we visited was overgrown but accessible, so that was our first stop.

Next stop was a quick visit to the Pakenham Five Arches Bridge. Sue had never been there and given that we would drive right past it on the way to the second abandoned farm, why not stop and take a look around.

Five Arches Bridge

And then it was off to the other abandoned farm. I knew we had a walk to get to this farm and what I didn’t know was that the walk was through a large swamp. So, cancel that idea. Instead we took some photos of the swamp, or as we referred to it, the “mosquito hatchery”.

While there we came across this wee creature trying to make itself as inconspicuous as possible. When I came too close it folded its wings up and turned itself into a dead leaf. Fascinating! And would any of the viewers know what kind of butterfly this is? I know nothing about butterflies except that they are fascinating wee creatures and quite beautiful.

A Day at Ferme la Machine


I had an opportunity to spend a day at a delightful farm in the town of Montpellier, Québec. The farm is owned by a lovely couple who made me feel welcome as I spent the day walking around taking photos of anything that appealed to me. These are some of the images I took that day.

For additional information on the farm please feel free to visit their website at http://www.fermelamachine.com.

Abandoned Buildings Local to Ottawa


I love to ride my motorcycle on the country roads around the Ottawa area, and quite often I will see an abandoned house, barn or silo. I typically make a mental note of these with a plan to return and take photos of the sites. This past Saturday was a nice day for biking, so I set my goal to wander around the countryside and finally take some of these photos.

Here are my results …

A caveat … I’m not sure if one of the barns was actually abandoned or just old and not used. I tried asking at the nearest house but no one was home. Maybe someday I’ll head back there and see if I can get more information. The hydro wires were still connected to the building, but that doesn’t mean much given that the owner would need to pay the hydro company to remove the wires. It is easier (and less expensive) just to contact the hydro company and have them pull the metre.

Abandoned Barn – Lochiel Township, North Glengarry


Several weeks ago on my way east on highway #417, I noticed what looked like a large abandoned barn just east of the highway #34 exit. Today I took my motorbike and explored the area and found the barn in a field next to a dead-end dirt road. The barn is in bad condition and is losing to the elements. Someone appears to be recovering some of the better wood from the barn. Next to the barn is what looks like a horse stable.

Here are some of the photos that I took while walking around the barn.