Photo of the Month

December 2021

Coyote on a path

Coyotes live in a family unit or in a pack of unrelated members. They eat rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles, fish, deer and, on occasion, fruits and vegetables. This coyote was standing at the entrance to the bike path Anita she uses, in Nepean. Shocked and alarmed, she took a few pictures of him, then raced back home. It was her shortest bike ride ever!

Photo of the Month Archive

November 2021
St. John's Wort

St John's Wort with yellow flower
Feral Cat

St. John’s Wort gets its name because it is often in full bloom around June 24, the day considered to be the birthday of John the Baptist. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it has been applied to the skin to help heal wounds and burns. This picture was taken in southwestern France

October 2021
Feral Cat

Feral cat looking towards the photographer
Feral Cat

Feral cats are un-owned, and they live outdoors and avoid human contact. They do not allow themselves to be handled or touched. Usually hidden from humans, they are most active after dusk. This picture was taken in Cahors, France.

September 2021
Brimstone Butterfly Hanging On

A Brimstone Butterfly hangs of a small flower stem
Brimstone Butterfly Hanging On

The Brimstone Butterfly is fairly large and has leaf-shaped wings. Males are lemon-yellow and females are greenish-white; both have orange spots in the middle of each wing. Brimstones rest with their wings closed. Their caterpillars feed on buckthorn and alder buckthorn leaves. This picture was taken in southern France, near Millau.

August 2021
Ice Cream Sundae for Two

Anita and her husband shared this chocolate and coffee ice cream sundae at Crescendo. The restaurant, which was created by Christopher Shafroth in 1992, offers fast quality food made on site using fresh seasonal produce. This picture was taken in Cahors, France.

July 2021
RR Bridge and Reflection

The Cahors Railroad Bridge crosses the Lot River. It is a metal deck arch bridge which means its arches are below the railway. The supporting arches are in turn supported by abutments and piers in the water. Built in 1880-1883, it is still in use.

June 2021
2 Turtles

Two turtles in a pond or lake, one on a rock the other poised to climb up on the rock

This photo was taken at Jardins Japonais in Toulouse, France. The gardens were created when Pierre Baudis, a former mayor of Toulouse, was inspired by a similar garden in Dublin, Ireland. The turtle on the rock beneath the iron dragon sculpture, a work created in 1993 by Tom Petrusson, was quite happy by itself, until the second one came by. Then it got up on all fours!

May 2021
2 Donkeys

Two donkeys with heads on each others shoulders.

These donkeys, near Servies en Val in southern France, were standing in the shade of a tree during a heat wave. Donkeys have been used as working animals for 5,000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world.

April 2021
Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird in a tree

Mockingbirds are medium-sized, gray-brown birds with two white patches in each of their short round wings. They have small heads, a long, thin bill, and long legs. This bird’s Latin name means “many-tongued mimic,” because during its lifetime of up to eight years (20 in captivity) it learns and repeats up to 200 songs of other species, as well as dog barks, musical instruments, and sirens. These birds feed on fruit, berries, seeds, and insects, especially beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, ants, and wasps.  They are found in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The northern mockingbird is the state bird of Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas.

March 2021
2 Cotingas

A pair of contingas (birds) perched on a branch

The cotinga is one of about 90 species of solitary forest birds that feed on fruit and insects. The cotingas include some of the most bizarre and vivid examples of male ornamentation found among birds. A cotinga has a broad bill with a slightly hooked tip, round wings, and short legs. Many species have odd voices. Some sound like the ringing of a bell, the lowing of a calf, or the tapping of a hammer. Constant repetition gives them the name chatterers.