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



Hanging Out – There are More Where These Came From

Baby spiders in their web - Ellie Kennard 2016
Baby spiders in their web – Ellie Kennard 2016

This image, of a nest of tiny spiders (also visible on my Tiny Wildlife gallery is a close-up of a nest I discovered when hanging out my laundry. At first I thought they were small bits of pollen that had got caught in the web which was blowing in the wind.

A closer look at baby spiders in their web - Ellie Kennard 2016
A closer look at baby spiders in their web – Ellie Kennard 2016

Then as I looked closer I saw that the ‘pollen’ was moving up and down on the strands of the web and I realized that they were baby spiders! A day later they were gone, either they were blown away on the wind or they had packed their bags and climbed down the pole ready for new spider lives.

Close-up of baby spiders in their web - Ellie Kennard 2016
Close-up of baby spiders in their web – Ellie Kennard 2016

I am planning content of a different kind, so watch for upcoming posts about this!



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.




This beautiful dog, named Zoë really seems to be saying in no uncertain words “This is my baby”! I was visiting my friend with her tiny, gorgeous new baby, Scarlett when I met her lovely year old dog Zoë for the first time. She was boisterous and determined to jump all over me in her excitement. For the first time I tried out the famous “don’t look at her, don’t talk to her, don’t touch her” trick of the Dog Whisperer (Cesar Milan). We both were amazed at how quickly Zoë relaxed and calmly sat to watch me. She was still and quiet while I moved around, letting me take her photograph (she didn’t see my eyes looking at her behind the camera), while little Scarlett and her mum chatted with me. After she calmed down (Zoë I mean) we had a good pat as her reward!

I love those eyes that look at us with such warmth and wisdom.

I’m so sorry that I have neglected my postings lately. I have been very busy after my bout with the flu’ helping with the Camera Basics mentorship. I hope to get back to resume my regular programming once the mentorship is over in a couple of weeks!

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Seeing Into the Heart

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See the whole album here: Joni, the Definitive Collection

I had taken this photo of Joni a few weeks ago (just before we were hit with the horrible flu virus that has kept me silent for weeks). I wanted to post it, but it wasn't until I made a reply to a comment from someone on a post that I had the thoughts right for what I wanted to say about it.

You see, you look at this picture and you see a dog, someone else's dog. If you like animals you might like the photo, especially if you are a Border Collie fan. But you can only see so much. The picture shows bright shiny happy eyes a snowy face, obviously from a time of play, clean white teeth (could be scary for some). But you can't see the heart of this dog the way you can with your own.

What I am saying is that all dogs are special to their owners who love them and who have seen into their hearts. So when I look at your dog in a photograph, as lovely as it is, I only see a small part of this special animal. It's a bit like an iceberg. So much is hidden beneath the surface. Isn't that the same with us all? You have seen some child misbehaving, perhaps, pitying the poor parents as you see them struggling. They alone really see into the heart of this child and know the beauty hidden in there. Or a good friend of yours might be going through a rough patch and when someone who doesn't know them very well is taken aback by a careless (or cutting) remark, you understand and stick with your friend from the love you have which opens your eyes to see into their heart. You see below the surface.

So I hope you enjoy the photograph of this dog. My dog. When I look at it I see the heart shining through in her eyes. I see a smile.

(I am not sure where the new Google+ is taking us with photos, so am sharing the Definitive Joni album in the hopes that it might encourage people to browse the other Joni images if they want!)

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Good ‘Stretchy Dog Waggy Tail’ Morning Everyone!

And Happy Walk Your Dog Day!

Is there anything more heart warming than having your dog stretching and wagging her tail at you when you come downstairs in the morning? Not much!

Joni gets so excited when she hears Steven coming down the stairs that she can barely contain herself and I had to take this photo to share her delight.

I see that it is “Walk Your Dog” day and of course that is every day when you have a border collie. It’s a win-win situation because when you walk your happy dog you also walk, which is great for the mind and the body. So Happy Walk Your Dog day everyone! (Thanks +Leanne Osborne )

For more images of Joni, from her arrival with us, visit my “Joni the Border Collie” Collection


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