Butterflies

I live close to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and as such, I have many opportunities to play tourist.  One of my favourite go to places when I want to practice with the camera, is the Butterfly Conservatory.  It’s a neat place, where butterflies fly freely through the air, and from time to time even land on you.  These are just a few of the many, many, many photos that I have from there.

 

Of course, where there are butterflies, there are flowers, and lots of them!

 

So, if you’re ever in Niagara Falls, make sure you check the Conservatory out – especially in the dead of winter, great place to warm up from the chilly wind outside!

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Paths and Benches

The great thing about hiking is you get to see some interesting pathways that get constructed.  The following are two pictures from the same path in Algonquin Park – the Spruce Bog.  The first is one I took in the open section, where they have this awesome boardwalk that seems to hover over a swampy area.  Great for the warmer months to see what’s living in the water and grasses just below your feet.  Great in the winter to experience what a swamp with tall grasses looks like in the winter.  Either way, a fun hike to do!

The following is not one of my photos, but my husbands.  I just touched up the colours a bit in photoshop.  This is the same path, just once you get into the woods that you see in the distance in the photo above.  I love the shot he took, and wanted to share it with you all.

The Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo

Today I went with the hubby to the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo (CRBE).  As I mentioned in one of my first posts, my husband has a thing for snakes, and reptiles in general.  Fine with me, because it gives me some great photography moments. 

Here are a few of my faves from the show today:

Baby Savanah Monitor checking out the show from his home for the weekend.  Makes you wonder who’s more entertained, him or us?

This is an upclose of an adult Savanah Monitor – he just looks like he’s ready to eat my camera…

A Boa who seems very interested with his reflection… guess he sees something pretty!

The great thing about these shows is you get to see so many other interesting creatures.  One group that is at quite a few different types of shows in the Toronto area is Hands on Exotics; this is a great group that does therapy and education (shows, birthday parties, etc.) with a large variety of animals – they had a baby kangaroo today, but I didn’t see it to get a photo.  This is one of the many parrots that they use in their work, a Cockatoo (sorry, don’t know the type, but I’m thinking Moluccan…):

 This was a very fun, but looong day 🙂