This has been an excellent year for photographing Monarch Caterpillars. It has been quite a few years since I have been able to find so many of them. This is the batch of Monarchs that will be starting their migration to Mexico in a few weeks.
What is interesting to me is that I found most of these on Milkweed plants that had been mowed down earlier in the summer so these were sort of a second generation plant. I suspect they were newer and much tastier than the older plants.
A few years ago I found a similar situation. I had a large number of Milkweed plants in my garden. When I decided to eradicate them I found it was almost impossible. I took three years of constant hoeing to get rid of all of them. Every week there would be new plants. Even though the plants were only a few inches tall I started finding Monarch Caterpillars on them. Every time I went out to work in the garden I had to look for the caterpillars and move them before I could hoe.
I’ve been out trying to get some of the last midsummer flowers photographed before they are gone. Soon there will not be any flowers on the farm.
Prairie Blazing Star
Every summer Thomas the Tank Engine visits Duluth Minnesota to provide rides for kids. There are all kinds of activities for kids at the North Shore Scenic Railroad depot during the weekend. I usually try and walk down to the depot to check on the activities.
A few photographs of the sunrise shot from Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota.
North Breakwater Light Duluth Minnesota
North Breakwater Light Duluth Minnesota
Waterfront Plaza Marina Duluth Minnesota
I typically have Mourning Doves show up at my bird feeders but it is very rare that they actually land on the feeders. Generally find them out in the yard or under the feeder. This one turned up over a couple of days at the feeder and actually spend a good portion of its time on the feeders. I thought it looked sick and the next day I found a dead Mourning Dove near the feeders.
Some time ago I received an e-mail with “Your Grateful Dead Photo” as the subject line. Since I don’t have any photo of the Grateful Dead I could only assume it was a scam so I didn’t bother to open the e-mail. I received several other e-mails with the same subject line over the next couple of weeks and ignored them as well.
Several weeks later I received a message on my blog from Rhino Entertainment Company Inquiring about the use of one of my photos on the cover on a boxed set of Grateful Dead Songs entitled “Grateful Dead: Spring 1990: The Other One”
As it turned out they wanted a license to use a line drawing of this photo as part of the artwork for one of the CD covers. It wasn’t one of my better photos but it fit their needs.
The artwork for the CD cover featured a Baltimore Oriole in the upper right corner.
Every once in a while I get bored with my normal photograph and try something different. These photographs were taken out among my wildflowers on a bright sunny day. I was able to create a low light condition by using my Variable Neutral Density filter. With the camera set to a slow speed I used various camera movements to create something a little different.
This fledgling House Sparrow had just finished taking a bath.
A female Orchard Oriole looked a little lonely at my bird feeder.
Nap time for a fledgling House Sparrow.
A Grey Catbird heading for the nest with lunch.
An Eastern Bluebird caught after taking a bath.
A Baltimore Oriole waiting for its turn at the feeder.
For some unknown reason I rarely photograph House Wrens. They usually turn up around the farm in early summer when they occupy the houses abandoned by the Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. They really create quite the racket when anyone approaches their house. A pair was nesting out by my garden so and didn’t seem to mind when I was working close to them in the garden so I went in to get the camera to get some photos. As is typically the case, as soon as the camera comes out they are gone. Later in the summer a pair took over a Tree Swallow house so and I was able to successfully get some photos.
Pier B Resort is being built next to Bayfront Park on the Duluth Waterfront. I happened to be in Bayfront Park early in the morning and took a few photos of the activity.
I was particularly interested in what they were doing at the boat slip. The John R. Asher was moving barges of dredged material over to the slip and a crane was dumping the material into the slip. At the time I couldn’t figure out what they were doing but found out later that the soil under the slip is contaminated so they are putting dredged material from the harbor in the slip to provide a seal the contaminated material.
John R. Asher