Sandy beach on south side of Georgian Bay, Ontario
Last Sunday was a day of ever-changing weather: sun, drizzle, overcast, rain and back to sun again...over and over. When we reached this beach it was going through a sunny phase so the water looked green in places. Then it clouded it over and...well, you get the picture.
It's a skipper for sure but exactly which variety I'm not positive. Last Monday was an unseasonably warm day here in south-central Ontario and a few butterflies and skippers were attracted to my butterfly bush (Buddleia) not yet hit by frost.
The sun was very bright, not a cloud in the sky, and the Buddleia is next to a white house so I think the orange on the skipper's wings is a tad bit duller in reality than shown here.
Another view of the skipper
This little guy would NOT sit still for a proper photo shoot so it was near to impossible to adjust the dials on my camera before it moved to another spot.
River just below the MILL dam, Owen Sound, Ontario
This pond and creek are a popular destination in early October. Are you wondering what the little girl and her grandmother are looking at?
The MILL pond above the dam
They are watching the same things the people standing over the dam and beside the fish ladder are looking at.
Chinook salmon are heading up the river to spawn. Males abd females are returning to the streams where they were hatched. Females are looking for places to bury their eggs. This is the end of a four-year cycle ending in a mating dance and, sadly, death soon after.
Salmon swimming against the current
The river is so shallow in some places that some fins are above water. Many will climb up the fish ladder (which the little girl in the first photo is standing beside) to lay their eggs further upstream. As the fish climb the ladder, they actually jump into the air.
Many salmon swimming upstream
We were at the MILL Dam at the beginning of the salmon run. Apparently in a few days there will be many fish jumping up the ladder. It must be an amazing sight!
From my archives: These butterflies rarely sit still, but one early September afternoon on a damp dirt road we came upon a huge gathering sipping moisture from the soil. They must have been very thirsty.
I am linking to NF Winged (Nature Footsteps) HERE.
Situated on Bigwin Island, this water tower can be seen for miles around - a reference point for many boaters who can easiy become confused boating on Lake of Bays, a large lake with 500 miles of undulating shoreline.
When I first spied the structure, I thought it might be a LOOKOUT tower. Well, actually, brave souls can climb the circular staircase on the outside wall until they reach the cement circular staircase on the inside, which apparently used to have no handrail and maybe still doesn't. (Just thinking about it makes my palms sweat!) At the top they climb up through a hole in the ceiling to the viewing level. Not for the faint of heart! But the view is said to be spectacular.