nature

Painted Lady

This year, in an effort to help boost the insect and bee population, we planted a number of flowers that would attract butterflies and various bees. Not much has been around, but over the weekend, we had a visitor. A butterfly appeared and was feeding from the flowers. We had the sprinkler on to water the garden, and it seemed liked it was playing in the water.

When it appeared, I grabbed my camera – Fuji X-T1 with the 59-140mm telephoto to try and get a picture of it. Its not that easy to do. They don’t stay in one spot too long. But I did manage a few shots.

We thought it was a type of Monarch butterfly, but thanks to Google and its photo search feature, I discovered it is actually a variant of the Painted Lady butterfly.

Trillium

On my recent rides, I saw a bunch of trilliums in the forest. The Trillium is the official flower of the province of Ontario. It’s actually illegal to pick them. They flower in the spring and are easily detected by their three (typically) white petals and three leaves.

Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and 60mm macro lens.

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Feeding time

I put a bird feeder out in the backyard. I’m starting to find the little birds fun to watch (I must be getting old).

As the little guys were feeding away, I discovered I could get pretty close to them. So I got my X-T1 and with the 16-55mm f2.8 I grabbed some shots. They were very accommodating.

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The Meeting

While raking the leaves and getting ready for Halloween, I noticed around the lamp in the front yard, a group of Ladybugs. I ran inside and grabbed the tripod, Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm macro to shoot a few shots of them.

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