Balancing on a flower
Did you know that butterflies don't have mouths that allow them to bite or chew? Butterflies don't have jaws so all their food must be liquid. They have a hollow tongue, called a proboscis, which they use to suck up their food, nectar and juices. It's a bit like drinking through a straw. When not in use, the proboscis remains coiled like a garden hose.
Their antennae are club-shaped, like a baseball bat, and they use them to smell and help keep their balance. And as you can see in the photo, it's amazing how they can balance, even on a delicate flower like this.
This is a Gouldian Finch. I don't know why they have these birds at the Butterfly Conservatory, maybe for the same reason as the quails. But it is wonderful to spot them flying free through the conservatory and sitting in the tops of the many tropical plants or like this one searching for some birdfood on the ground.
A girl a bicycle and a camera
"Going My Way?"
A day off, warm sunny weather, a bike and nowhere to be created the perfect opportunity to hit the local trails and take some pics.
"The Riverbank Trail"
The Riverbank trail runs for aprox. 12km from Riverside park to Hespler across town following the Speed river. The Speed river has been featured in the Canadian Geographic Traveler magazine's May 2010 edition for it's awesome canoeing.
This trail is a perfect little get away from traffic and consumerism. It is popular with walkers, biker's and runners, and you can expect to see lots of nature along the way. I've run into snakes sunning themselves along the path, turtles, hawks, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, and even deer ( though usually it's only the tail end).
My destination: Hespler.