Year-Round

An American Goldfinch on a thorny stem. This photo was taken on September 19, 2021 in Cataraqui North. In southern Ontario, these birds are residents throughout the year.

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A Great Blue Heron stalking prey. This photo was taken on September 9, 2021 in Cataraqui North. The oldest Great Blue Heron lived for 24 years and 6 months.

Harmony

A profile of a Cosmos. This photo was taken on September 19, 2021 in our garden. “Cosmos” means harmony in Greek.

Peru

Marvel of Peru(?) in late summer. This photo was taken on September 2, 2021 near our home. These flowers can attract birds and butterflies.

Waxy

A Cedar Waxwing trying to hide behind some leaves. This photo was taken on August 2, 2021 in Cataraqui North. The “wax” in their name comes from the waxy red secretions found on the tips of their wing feathers. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/overview)

Loveliness

Lavatera surrounded by Cosmos foliage. This photo was taken on August 6, 2021 in our garden. These flowers attract birds.

Lighter Adult

A Monarch Butterfly snacking on thistle. This photo was taken on August 6, 2021 in Cataraqui North. Mature butterflies (0.41 grams) weigh much less than their younger caterpillar self (1.5 grams).

“Little Calendar”

Water droplets on a Calendula. This photo was taken on July 15, 2021 in our garden. The flowers and leaves can be eaten fresh or dried, although they are a bit bitter.