Unlike the Mute Swans of Stanley Park, which have had their wings clipped, the resident mute swans are truly feral and hence countable in a bird watching sense. This swan was being exceptionally cooperative swimming right up to the dike near the viewing tower whereas they are usually sighted far away at the southeastern end of Katzie Marsh.
I found this striking lady while wondering around our campsite on Harrison Lake this past May long weekend. Despite the loud music and let’s say “eccentric” fellow campers, the area was beautiful and full of nature.
Sara and I visited the aquarium a few weeks back along with her parents. As a change of pace I decided to bring my telephoto rather than my fast prime. While I wasn’t able to get any really good shots inside because of the low light, I was able to get some satisfying close ups (like the one above) on the marine mammals outside and the birds in the Amazon Gallery. I have a full set of photos from the aquarium over at flickr.
This week we have yet another pair of mating dragonflies. The male is above grasping the female just behind her eyes with his claspers. The female is below curling her abdomen up to the base of the male’s thorax where his secondary genitalia are located.
After a bunch fiddling with plugin settings and CSS, I’m ready to unveil my new justified design for my photo galleries. Before you give me too much credit, the actual layout is all generated by the Flickr Justified Gallery plugin. I’m really happy with these new galleries look and how they make efficient use of the available space. [click to continue…]
Unlike most of the dragonfly fauna of BC which stay put all year round, Green Darners are migratory. Like Monarchs, adults migrate north in the spring and it is their offspring, who emerge in late summer, that migrate back south. You can help conserve migratory dragonflies by report sightings to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.
This week’s photo features some not so spotty Jellies from the Vancouver aquarium. I really like the creamy bokeh in this shot.
Like Dandelion with which is sometimes confused, Western Goat’s Beard is another member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). It can be easily distinguished from Dandelion by it’s longer involucre bracts (leafy bits just below the flowers) which extend beyond the flowers. Both species lack the central disk flowers of their more daisy like relatives and their flowering heads consist only of ray flowers. I really like this shot because you can clearly see the bilobed stigma (♀ bits) and fused anther cylinders (♂ bits) that are characteristic of the Asteraceae.