April 25, 2006

Green Jay


Green Jay
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
At the Niagara Falls Aviary

Now why do they call them Dutchmans Breeches?

Wild flowers at Rondeau Provincial Park. One of the many spring ephemerals at the park. They get their blooms before the forest canopy fillsout and blocks the light.

April 20, 2006

Eastern hognose snake


Eastern hognose snake
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
This is a very young captive bred hognose snake.
When it feels threatened it flattens its neck out and looks similar to a cobra. It will rear up and strike at the perceived threat. It is non poisonous and basically bumps into what it is "attacking”.
If this doesn’t work it flops onto its back and plays dead. If you turn it right side up, it flops over again.
This animal will be on display at Rondeau Provincial Park throughout the summer.

April 19, 2006


Giving your cat a pill
By Bob Story
1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as though holding a baby.
Position right fore-finger and thumb on either side of cats’ mouth and gently apply pressure to his cheeks. Cat will then close mouth and swallow.
2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Repeat process.
3) Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw away soggy pill.
4) Remove second pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly in left hand. Force jaws open, and push pill to back of throat with forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10 if you are able. Hold cat’s mouth closed as well.
5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and the cat form the top of wardrobe. Call for assistance.
6) Knell on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, immobilizing front and rear paws. Ask assistant to hold cat’s head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into cat’s throat. Flick pill down ruler with forefinger, and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
7) Retrieve cat from living room valance.
8) Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth, and set aside for later gluing. Remove third pill from foil wrap.
9) Wrap cat in beach towel, and ask assistant to lie prone on cat with cat’s head visible under assistant’s armpit. Put pill in paper tube you’ve made for this purpose. Then, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow.
10) Check label to make sure pill is not lethal to humans. Sip water to take taste away. Apply bandage to assistant’s forearm, and remove blood from carpet with soap and cold water.
11) Retrieve cat from neighbour’s roof. Remove fourth pill from foil. Place cat in cupboard, and close door on cat’s neck with head outside cupboard. Force mouth open with desert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.
12) Fetch screwdriver from garage, and put cupboard doors back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek, and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw bloodied, ripped T-shirt away, and fetch another from bedroom.
13) Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.
14) Call 911, ask fire department to retrieve cat from eucalyptus tree.
15) Remove remaining pill from foil wrap.
16)Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and securely tie to leg of dining table. Put on heavy duty pruning gloves. Force cat’s mouth open with tire iron. Drop pill, previously hidden in an ounce of hamburger, into cat’s mouth. Hold head vertically with nose pointed to ceiling, and pour half pint of water down cat’s throat, and two jiggers of whiskey down your own.
17) Ask assistant to drive you to emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor administers anaesthetic, stitches fingers, forearm and removes pill fragments from eye.
18) Drop off cat, along with a generous donation, at animal shelter and adopt a goldfish.

That sinking feeling


That sinking feeling
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
The Thorold lift lock on the Welland Canal. The canal by passes Niagara Falls and joins Lakes Ontario and Erie.

April 12, 2006

Through the mist


Through the mist
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
The mist was swirling at the base of the American Bridal Falls partial obscuring this "tooth".
At first I thought it was a rock with striations in it. After a moment I realized it was a chunk of ice/snow that had built up over the winter and was now being eroded.

Striated ice, a different view.

This gives a sense of scale to the Through the mist photo of yesterday.
The pic was taken from the Canadian side, across the Niagara gorge to the American falls.

SNACK TIME


SNACK TIME
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
A hunting Cissa snacks on a frog(?) at the aviary in Niagara Falls Canada.

The Light Bulb


The Light Bulb
Originally uploaded by annabelletexter.
Self explanatory, I hope because I can’t explain it.

April 11, 2006

On the brink


On the brink
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
At Niagara Falls Canada. The brink if the Horseshoe Falls.
Due to water diversion for hydro-electric generation, the water flow has been reduced by 50%. During the night it is reduced to 25% of the original flow in order to fill the reservoirs.

Through the mist


Through the mist
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
The mist was swirling at the base of the American Bridal Falls partial obscuring this "tooth".
At first I thought it was a rock with striations in it. After a moment I realized it was a chunk of ice/snow that had built up over the winter and was now being eroded.

April 06, 2006

flying squirrell


flying squirrell
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
This is a night shot of a southern flying squirrel. It isn't the best quality as I don't have any special equipment for extreme low light levels.

It is fun watching these guys gliding in from trees to feeders.

They would easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Uploaded

A friendly visitor


A friendly visitor
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
Another regular visitor under our bird feeders. Nothing gets wasted.

April 04, 2006

She's not supposed to be there

This large ship is within 1 mile of shore, which is highly unusual.

Rondeau, Point au Pins Light, is a well known ship wreck site. The bottom comes up fast and ships take a course well out into the lake.

A big cold front that came through and the winds created waves were over 18 feet high on the lake.

The big ships moved into the lee shore for smother and safer passage.

For us it was a rare sight.