However, for now autumn has a firm grip on the ‘nice-o-meter’. A recent trip to Winnipeg revealed one of nature’s truly amazing spectacles. Thousands of Snow Geese lifting off a stubble field with a thunderous roar of wings and honking seem to defy not only gravity but create a nightmare for an aerial traffic cop. How do they not smash each other out of the sky with furiously beating wings?
Many people with bird feeders have a love hate relationship with the Red Squirrel. They are pretty cute and very cleaver about accessing forbidden fodder. This little one was in John and Di’s yard.
A well known biking advocate once said: “Get on a bike. Head for the trail. Feel what it is like to be free” (Thanks Kaeli for the stickers reminding us of Cathy’s love for cycling). So here I go with a bike, a camera, an adventurous spirit, a perfect nice-o-meter day and a beautiful city with a gorgeous river to explore. Come as we gratefully wander among the autumn splendour and see what feast awaits our eyes.
This creature needs a bit of explanation. While looking for some late fall insects still on the move I noticed an odd piece of material on a large rock. It was quite small at about 1 cm. long and seemed to be a mixture of plant debris and sand particles. Fortunately I did not flick it with my finger prior to sitting on the rock. As I examined it more closely I thought I saw it move. I was unprepared for this piece of material to be self-ambulatory so quickly started taking some images. Later, usiing the website Bugguide.net I discovered it is a member of the BagWorm Moth family. The larvae apparently spin a sticky silk and attach pieces of material to create a place to hide.
It turns out the gorgeous bug below is a member of the Shield-backed Bugs.
Happy Friday everyone.