Animals

Sci-Fi Insects?

Unknown insects found on a porch step of a tiny house in the woods - Ellie Kennard 2016
Unknown insects found on a porch step of a tiny house in the woods – Ellie Kennard 2016

This pair of insects appeared on the porch of a little house in the woods. While everyone was inside (it was a really really tiny cabin) I tried to get some photographs of them, to be able to identify them later on. The time was late afternoon and the trees were shading the area heavily, so the light was very low, making it more difficult, but I did get a couple of them. When I enlarged them I was able to see these amazing eyes and formation and markings of the bodies. They are so delicate looking with those long legs and fine wings.

If anyone knows what these might be, please let me know. They look like something from outer space!

Unknown insects found on a porch step of a tiny house in the woods - Ellie Kennard 2016
Unknown insects found on a porch step of a tiny house in the woods – 2 Ellie Kennard 2016

Serendipity and Monarchs

Update 2018

We have had a lot of monarchs on our milkweed in our own garden this year and I managed to get several more photos of the gorgeous caterpillars. They are all on the gallery linked to the monarch butterfly photos. Enjoy!

Here is one of the new caterpillar photos, taken with my phone:

2 Monarch butterfly caterpillars - Ellie Kennard 2018
2 Monarch butterfly caterpillars – Ellie Kennard 2018

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One Monarch butterfly has been teasing us for a couple of weeks. On our usual walks, along the edge of the woods, this orange beauty would dance about just out of reach, flying high up into a tree as soon as we got near. One solitary insect might not seem much, but with no sightings in the past few years, that single bright fragile creature flitting among the bushes was enough to give us a thrill. And we wondered at times if it was the same one, or if there were, perhaps two or three, in different locations around the trail.

Female Monarch Butterfly on wildflowers #3, Canning, NS - Ellie Kennard 2016
Female Monarch Butterfly on wildflowers #3, Canning, NS – Ellie Kennard 2016


What was it that prompted me?

What was it that prompted me to go for a walk with my long lens on this particular day? I was just about to lend this particular lens to my friend who was considering buying a similar one, so she could see if it would give her the kind of range she wanted. First though, I thought I would go for a quick walk and take a few photos to show her what she might expect. Joni was (as always) my first model  (turn the page or scroll down to keep reading…)

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Relax, Just Be Yourself, Try to Act Naturally, Joni!

Joni is always my favourite model when it comes to trying out new photographic techniques. This time it was a new lens – in fact a new to me second hand, old fashioned lens. As I was working how to use it to best advantage, I said to Joni “Relax, just be yourself. Don’t pose.” This was the photo I got.

Be yourself Joni, act naturally - Ellie Kennard 2016
Be yourself Joni, act naturally – Ellie Kennard 2016

So then I said to her, “Don’t be so self-conscious, just try to act naturally.” She shifted position and this was Continue reading

Joni Hiding in Full View

Joni hiding in full view - Ellie Kennard 2016
Joni hiding in full view – Ellie Kennard 2016

Border collies know how to hide themselves in short grass, waiting for the unsuspecting potential Frisbee thrower to pass by. They disguise themselves in dandelion heads and you can barely see them. Well, you can almost barely see them.

 

In honour of +Heidi Anne Morris‘s great event #dogweekend and for the just past #nationaldogday

 

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Northern Crescent Butterfly

Pearl Crescent Butterfly, Phyciodes tharos - Ellie Kennard 2016
Northern Crescent Butterfly, Phyciodes cocyta – Ellie Kennard 2016

Phyciodes cocyta

This is a common butterfly around here in the summer, but I was really pleased to get this photo of it as it rested on the path. The patterns on its wings are finely drawn and the tips of its antennae are tiny orange balls (hard to see in this photo, to be fair). Rupert (our Cornish Rex cat) tried to catch it and almost succeeded (which is what drew it to my attention) but I managed to save it and put it safely out of his reach (he is on a long leash) so it could get over the shock and fly away. Have a lovely week everyone, full of lovely butterflies!

 

Sometimes What Fixes Everything is a Kitten!

Who's Awake Then?- Ellie Kennard 2016
Who’s Awake Then?- Ellie Kennard 2016

Even if it’s just in a photograph! I thought it was about time I shared another photo of the alert kitten who was the boldest in the place we were staying in during our trip to Quebec this Spring. I had only a very little light in that basement room they were in, so was glad when a bit came in the window right onto this little cutie’s eyes. He seemed to be the most awake and curious of the litter. And we all know what curiosity does to cats….

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone! (Gallery is below or if you click on the ‘continue reading’ bit)

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Lost Baby Raccoons

Lost baby raccoons – Ellie Kennard 2016
Lost baby raccoons – Ellie Kennard 2016

A few weeks ago one night we heard Joni making a terrible racket, barking. When Steven went out to investigate he found that she had discovered these babies who were huddled by the door to his workshop. Once Joni was safely in the house we both went outside with our cameras to see if they were still there. Then we took turns holding the flashlight while the other took photos of the cute little things. Then we went to bed hoping that the mother would have come to rescue them by the morning.

The next day I saw the two of them wandering around, but after that they were nowhere to be seen, so I assume that they went off somewhere where they weren’t likely to run into an excited border collie. This is the one I took of them. (Steven posted his photo at the time. You can see his here )

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Aerial Acrobat

Aerial Acrobat- Ellie Kennard 2016
Aerial Acrobat- Ellie Kennard 2016

This little fellow seemed to relish the idea of walking on the edge – and such a delicate edge, at that! The contrast of the pink petal that is almost like a swirling, silken dress with the yellow and black textured caterpillar body really appealed to me.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

See the full size image on my Tiny Wildlife gallery here

 

Happy International Kitten Day!

Happy International Kitten Day - Ellie Kennard 2016
Happy International Kitten Day – Ellie Kennard 2016

You didn’t know it was International Kitten Day? Well when you have a cute pile of kittens like this, every day is International Kitten Day. And when the kittens are just next to your bedroom in a bed and breakfast, your holiday just doesn’t get any better!

I’m back from my vacation time and have lots of photos of our trip to share as well as stories waiting to be told. I also have a new project I’m planning to share with you all very soon. What does this have to do with kittens? Not a thing, but who needs an excuse to share photo of cute kittens? Not me.