Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dragonflies and Damselflies

When I first spotted this Golden-ringed Dragonfly, I thought it was simply resting on the tree branch, but as I walked closer, I realized he was eating what was left of a Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly.  Dragonflies will feed on large insects such as wasps, beetles, bumblebees, damselflies, and other dragonflies.  They are very fast fliers; one of the largest in the dragonfly family and have a wingspan of almost 10 cm....

A pair of Damselflies during courtship on the lake grass.

In Love...............
The reflection of their courting pose, makes a shape of heart from my point of view.
In reality, when damselflies mate, they actually form a heart-shaped pose or a mating wheel.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello Johnny

This was Johnny's favorite tree to climb

Now, Johnny sits and reminisces about the good 'ole days

Common Loon

Common Loons can be seen along the coastlines of rivers and lakes across North America.  Although very sensitive to human disturbance, we were lucky enough to capture this handsome male close by.  He was focused on meeting up with the female and her baby which we spotted out further in the lake.  They have a very distinctive call that echos across the wilderness and it is music to our ears every time we hear them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Black-Eyed Susan


Black-Eyed Susans are one of the most popular wildflowers of North America and come in yellow, red and orange.

Bees and Butterflies, and a variety of insects are attracted to Black-Eyed Susans for the nectar. They move pollen from one plant to another as they drink the nectar, causing it to grow fruits and seeds that can move about easily with the wind.