A few photos of a small grove of trees I came across on a trip through upstate New York on back roads.
On Sunday, August 14, 2016, my friend Elizabeth and I went for a drive through the Renfrew county countryside – she was prospecting for interesting minerals, and I wanted to take pictures. Our first stop was at the Renfrew town suspension bridge, so that we could poke among the river rocks. Because of the recent drought, we were able to walk on the large boulders in the middle of the river, and I was able to get these photos from a location, which is typically covered by water.
From Renfrew, we drove to the large rock cut just east of the bridge in Burnstown. While Elizabeth looked for minerals in the rock face, I snapped these photos of the Madawaska River.
It was one of those cool, dull and overcast days, but the day wasn’t without colour …
I discovered this wee beastie making its way across some concrete and gravel, and couldn’t resist taking its photo.
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?
As soon as spring comes, I want to be out and about, with and without my camera. When I have my camera with me I tend to take a lot of photos. But during spring, summer and fall, since I want to be out, I don’t spend a lot of time processing the photos I take. Every once in a while, I do find some quiet time and I catch up and publish the photos that I like.
So, enjoy …
Well, my time here is nearing an end and in a few days I will be back in the snow belt. That’s the bad news … the good news is that I miss my downhill skiing and I am looking forward to that when I return.
Yesterday here at Panama City Beach was for the most part overcast so I took my camera and walked along the beach for several hours, just snapping photos of anything that interested me. One thing that I found really neat was the beach pigeons in that when I stopped, they would start crowding around me, and for a while they followed me along the beach. Maybe beach bums looking for handouts? Not sure, but they were sweet. The way they strutted along the beach, the only thing they were missing were beach umbrellas under their wings.
Traditionally, a friend and I would go camping for in an Ontario provincial park during the second week of September. After our last two trips in 2013 and 2014, when we had high winds, lots of rain and cold temperatures, we decided instead this year to rent a cottage on a quiet lake. What a wonderful change! I could get used to this type of living.
Oh yea … this year the days were sunny and warm. But I just knew that had we gone camping, it would have been cold, wet and windy!