Bees on Milkweed

A black and yellow bee with clearly defined veined wings and fuzzy outlined leg parts is sitting on a bunch of pink and green milkweed flowers. His body is covered in orange fluff.The unopened ones are a lovely fuzzy pink with fuzzy green calyxes. The open ones are a smooth pale pink shaped like small cups around the centre. The background is mainly soft green with a soft blue centre. Another bee, not in focus, is behind the first one.
Bee on Milkweed

These cold and bleak fall days our wild and honey bees are nowhere to be seen, so it’s lovely to look back on the halcyon summer days when this scene was so common. Who would have thought milkweed flowers were so lovely? Have a lovely day, friends.
This was taken with my 180mm macro lens.

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo

This little male Philadelphia Vireo has spent the past two days trying to get into my sitting room through a closed window. (Pretty sure this is what this is, according to my bird app.) I guess he is seeing his reflection in the window and thinks it’s a rival male needing to be driven off.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

Stars over Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal - Steven Kennard 2012
Stars over Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal – Steven Kennard 2012

In November 2003 I took a trip with Ellie and her brother to Montreal, where they were born and grew up. One cold, clear night Gary and I walked around the streets of the city to where I took this photograph of Saint Joseph’s Oratory with the stars over the dome. I posted the photograph on Google+ in 2012 and was asked yesterday where it had gone. I’m glad I was asked as it’s a favourite of mine and brings back such good memories of our time together.

Fog Clinging To Blomidon

Fog Clinging to Blomidon - Steven Kennard 2012
Fog Clinging to Blomidon – Steven Kennard 2012

I came across this photograph taken in warmer weather back in 2012, and have brought it here to share today with the original notes about it. It’s hard to believe that there will be days like this again when someone will be walking through the wet mud in bare feet, collecting shells or stones when the tide is out. Hard to believe when we are in the middle of a snow storm today in below freezing weather!

Original Post: July 9, 2012

Fog Clinging to Blomidon, Viewed from Medford, Nova Scotia – Tide Out

We have the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy (16 meters, 53 feet), so the view is constantly changing. The other evening as the sun was setting the tide was out and the cliff of Blomidon was encapsulated in a shroud of fog, the likes of which we had never seen. We were on the cliffs of Medford at the time. To give you an idea of the expanse, you can see the people walking in the foreground. The tide goes out and comes in at an incredible speed, so walkers have to be very careful not to be caught by incoming tides that cut them off from land.