Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lake Erie: June 05, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:15 AM. After a few days in Port, the Talisman Energy barge Miss Libby heads back to work.

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:15 AM.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lake Erie: June 04, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:00 PM.

Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:00 PM.

Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:30 PM.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lake Erie: June 03, 2010

Port Stanley: East side – 9:45 AM.


Port Stanley: East side – 9:45 AM.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lake Erie: June 02, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:15 PM. With the weather and many other things in life, unsettled is often much more interesting.


Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:15 PM.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lake Erie: June 01, 2010

Life On The South Coast: The Down-Side
Why We Love Swallows!

Hawk Cliff: 12:15 PM. Come late May and for several weeks afterward, the Mayflies appear. Shaped like mosquitoes but 3 - 4 times the size (and mercifully, non-biting -though it's no picnic to get one up your nose), wave after wave hatch, live their brief, frenzied lives and then are gone. Locally, we call them fishflies (when referring to them in more genteel company). The swallows go mad for them, with babies to raise and grow strong before the long flight south.

 "Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek ephemeros = "short-lived", pteron = "wing", referring to the short life span of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called naiad or, colloquially, nymph) usually lasts one year in freshwater. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days depending on the species. About 2,500 species are known worldwide, including about 630 species in North America. Common names for mayflies include "dayfly", "shadfly", "Green Bay Flies", "lake fly", "fishfly,"[2] "midgee", "June bug", "Canadian Soldier" and "Jinx Fly". The mayfly belongs to group 1 taxa, or pollution–sensitive animals. This means if mayflies are in or around the water, the water should be of a good quality."

Hawk Cliff: 12:15 PM. There is just no way to describe the sound.

Hawk Cliff: 12:15 PM. The black flecks clinging to the cliff face just outside the swallow nest-holes are fishflies; talk about pushing your luck!

Hawk Cliff: 12:15 PM.

Barnum's Gully Line: 12:30 PM. What looks like spirals of smoke rising from the cliff's edge, are really clouds of fishflies.

Jamestown Bridge: 1:00 PM. Catfish Creek, swollen by rain and silt, makes its way to the Lake.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lake Erie: May 31, 2010

Port Stanley: East side – 10:00 AM. Thick, thick air, clotting together to produce a storm.


Port Stanley: Harbour – 3:15 PM. A heavy, restless Lake, just waiting for a storm that is swirling all around us. 

Port Stanley: Harbour – 3:15 PM.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lake Erie: May 30, 2010

Port Stanley: East side – 10:15 AM. Looks like there might be fish out there. 

Port Stanley: East side – 10:15 AM. I love watching and photographing these guys. 

South End of Iona Road: 4:00 PM. A layer of smog obliterates the horizon line. 

Port Stanley: Harbour – 8:30 PM. A lovely sunset turns the smog a pretty pink.