September, 2013

Half-moon in the Morning

Another shot of the moon, again using my 500mm lens on the new, sturdier tripod my wife bought for me last Xmas:

Half-moon in the Morning

Half-moon in the Morning

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Hummingbird by Feeder

Still taking pics of the hummingbirds up here on Schengili-La Island up near Pointe-au-Baril. There’s at least two females and one male who keep chasing the other two away from the feeders when they find them there. Erika noticed that the two females seemed to be tolerating each other somewhat, waiting for the other to be chased off by the male so that the other could swoop in and get in a good feed.

Here are a couple of pics of them from earlier today:

Hummingbird on Branch with Back Facing the Camera

Hummingbird on Branch with Back Facing the Camera

Hummingbird by Feeder

Hummingbird by Feeder

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Sulfur Butterflies on Purple Erigeron Flowers

Sulfur butterflies are pretty though kinda plain when compared to things like Monarch butterflies, but when I saw the way the morning light was catching these sulfur butterflies from behind I ended up focusing on them during my morning walk in Woodbine Park earlier today:

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #1

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #1

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #2

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #2

I had always thought of the purple flowers as a sort of purple daisy, but apparently they are called “Purple Erigeron”, perhaps better known as “fleabane”. The butterflies certainly love them.

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Jupiter and its Moons

Woke up before sunrise this morning and noticed Jupiter high overhead while stepping outside to check the temperature. Got out the tripod, camera and 500mm lens and managed to get the following picture:

Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a Bit of Europa by an Over-exposed Jupiter

Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a Bit of Europa by an Over-exposed Jupiter

From left-to-right, the moons you can see are Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a bit of Europa adjacent to an over-exposed Jupiter.

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Old War Planes at the Brampton Air Show

Got to join my step-father-in-law in a trip to Brampton to see the Great War Museum and Air Show. Couldn’t ask for a better day: sunny, clear-skies, and since we were right beside the runway, close access to the airplanes as they flew by. Here’s a shot of a couple of replica WWI planes during a fly-by:

Fokker Triplane and Sopwith One-and-half Strutter Fly-by

Fokker Triplane and Sopwith One-and-half Strutter Fly-by

Some other pics:

Air Show Brampton: Tail of French Biplane

Air Show Brampton: Tail of French Biplane

Air Show Brampton: Fokker Triplane on Runway

Air Show Brampton: Fokker Triplane on Runway

Air Show Brampton Sopwith 1½ Strutter Taxiing to Runway

Air Show Brampton: Sopwith 1½ Strutter Taxiing to Runway

Air Show Brampton: "G" Biplane

Air Show Brampton “G” Biplane

Air Show Brampton: US Biplane Blowing Smoke

Air Show Brampton: US Biplane Blowing Smoke

Air Show Brampton: Tight Formation

Air Show Brampton: Tight Formation

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