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Butterflies in the Back Yard

2020 July 12

butterflies in the back yard

(photo by Bob: 2020-07-12 - explore

Probably a Great Spangled Fritilary

butterflies in the back yard

(photo by Bob: 2020-07-12 - explore

butterflies in the back yard

(photo by Bob: 2020-07-12 - explore

Mourning Cloak

butterflies in the back yard

(photo by Bob: 2020-07-12 - explore

Monarch

butterflies in the back yard

(photo by Bob: 2020-07-12 - explore

Point Alexander

More From Burkes Beach

I continue my morning walks to Burkes Beach. The vista is always impressive and changes daily with the weather and the advance and retreat of spring.

2020 April 14

Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach

2020 April 16

Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach

2020 April 17

Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach

2020 April 18

Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach

2020 April 20

Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach
Morning at Burkes Beach

Point Alexander

Downtown Deep River

2020 April 15

This morning we drove into town to do our weekly grocery shopping, taking advantage of seniors' hour (7:00 to 8:00am). While Diana was doing the shopping -- we alternate -- I wandered around outside with my camera. Beautiful light and and except for Valumart's parking lot, downtown was absolutely deserted. Social distancing is working.

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Covid19  Downtown Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-04-15 - explore

Deep River

Ice Out at Point Alexander - 2020

Over the last little while -- Covid-19 and all -- I have often taken a morning walk to Burkes Beach on the Ottawa River at Point Alexander. This gave me the opportunity to photograph this year's ice out.

The river was opening up in the centre on the morning of April 02, but by late afternoon the river was largely ice free upstream. But ice remained along the shore. However as the week progressed, the water level rose and loosened the shore ice. By the end of the week, it would have been possible to launch a canoe directly into open water at the foot of Burkes Road.

Our understanding is that the ice went out at Deep River a little later but because we are largely isolating at home, we can't vouch for it.

2020 April 02

Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach

2020 April 04

Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach

2020 April 05

Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach

2020 April 06

Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach
Ice out at Burkes Beach

ice out

Point Alexander

Some photos from a Late Winter Drive

2020 March 22

On Sunday afternoon we took a break from staying at home for a short drive in the late winter / early spring sunshine. Here are a few snapshots taken with my "social distancing" lens.

Ice fall on Mount Martin across the Ottawa River from Deep River

(photo by Bob: 2020-03-22 - explore

Ice fall on Mount Martin across the Ottawa River from Deep River

skater on the Ottawa River

(photo by Bob: 2020-03-22 - explore

Skater on Ottawa River off the Deep River Pier. Ice hut foundations behind him.

Deep River pier as seen from Centennial Rock

(photo by Bob: 2020-03-22 - explore

The Deep River pier as seen from Centennial Rock

Farm along the Wylie Road

(photo by Bob: 2020-03-22 - explore

A farm along the Wylie Road.

Deep River Wylie Road