Sunday, August 22, 2010

Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Such


IMG_2355 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail




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Dragonfly On The End Of A Tree Branch




IMG_1923 Little Red Bug 

Little Red Bug By The Pond




 IMG_5423 Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee Coming In For The Landing




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Adur Terrestrial Beetle & Spider Living Next Door




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Orange Butterfly




IMG_6128 Hummingbird Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth




IMG_6139 (2) Hummingbird Moth

These little critters come back to the same flowers

every summer, or so it seems.


There is a group of daytime flying moths referred to as Hummingbird moths. These moths are members of the Sphinx or Hawk moth family. Included in this unique group are the White lined Sphinx, the Snowberry Clearwing, the Slender Clearwing and the Hummingbird moth. The term clearwing means exactly that......their wings are primarily a clear membrane like bees, wasps or flies. Only the out edge portion of their wings are covered with scales.

There are three predominant members in this group being the Snowberry, the Slender and the Hummingbird Clearwings. Of the three, the Hummingbird Clearwing is the largest having a body length of 3 to 3.5 cm and a wingspan of 5 cm. These moths feed on low Blueberry, Snowberry, Honeysuckle, Dogbane and Hawthorn. Flight action is similar to that of a Hummingbird in that they have the ability to hover and while feeding extend their proboscis for the purpose of gathering nectar. This further confuses novices as the uncoiled proboscis gives the impression of a beak. Definitely an intriguing sight for the unfamiliar, particularly when observed for the first time.


I added a description here to the last entry as it is something I don’t see very often. I just discovered the Hummingbird Moth a couple of years ago near Gananoque ,Ont. near the Ivy lee bridge which crosses over to New York State, from Ontario, Canada.

Jodi, known as Nature Nut has a hummingbird moth similar to the one I have captured here a couple of weeks ago, but hers are a different kind I think. Those of you who know her, check it out if you haven’t yet seen them. She has some excellent photos of them as well as many other fabulous photos. She is an excellent photographer and has a wonderful Nature Photography Web site. You won’t be disappointed.

If anyone knows the name of the red bugs or the orange butterfly, please let me know so I can added it to the title.

These are a few random photos I took with my 90mm, macro lens . The most recent being the Hummingbird Moths, which I took a couple of weeks ago when hubby and I were in Gananoque for the day.

Have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

xx’s Dianne (dsphotocats) :)




Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Second Birthday Courtney (08/03/2010)


IMG_6574 Guess Who

Guess Who !

Not sure what she is doing,

I think she is looking for the cat.

They are very good friends.





IMG_6565 2 Yrs. old Courtney 

A Quiet Time Before Her Party Begins

She looks so pretty in her dress.

Bare feet and all. :)




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Courtney and Her Mom. My Hasn’t She Grown. :)


IMG_6639 Courtney & Her Little Cousin

The Smurfs Are Back and She Loves Them




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Happy Birthday Courtney

There is a room full of people, but

she is the center of attention this day,

by all who love her dearly.




IMG_6698 Looks Yummy  IMG_6706 What is everyone looking at me for

  IMG_6721 Finger Licking Good

I will let the pictures speak for themselves. :)


  IMG_6538 Jenna  Jenna, Courtney’s middle sister will be 8 yrs. old on Aug.25th.



IMG_6502 Tesa 

Tesa is Courtney’s oldest sister, and will be starting high school in Sept.She wants to take a photography course which they offer at her school. Makes me smile. :) I think she will take after her grandma, and Uncle Ed. I am hoping to take her out with me taking pictures more often in the near future.


These are my 3 Angels who I am so very proud of. :)


I have added Courtney’s  1st Birthday, and pictures from when she was born on Aug.3 2008 to this Post, down below . It is so hard to believe she is already 2 yrs. old , and so very hard to believe Tesa is going into grade 9.  Wow! Time sure has a way of flying by. Time stands still for no one. Each and every day is a gift, and so are these beautiful grandchildren of mine.

I am truly Blessed.

Hope to find you all well. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs and Smiles

Dianne :)   



Courtney Turned 1 Year Old On August 3, 2009


Courney's First Birthday Cake



1yr. old Courtney

Courtney’s 1st Cake






Courtney Michaela was born on Aug.3 2008 (Archive)


Courtney Michaela-5lbs.2 ounces born on Aug.3/2008

Weighing in at a surprising 5 lbs. 2 oz.



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She had a safe arrival. She was put in the nursery for observation due to high levels of sugar in her blood. Please continue to pray for her that her blood sugars will go back to a normal and healthy level and that she will be a healthy bouncing baby girl. I told her I would buy her a camera for her birthday next year and we will go clicking the wonders of her world.

Thank you for your prayers and your support. I sure do appreciate it. Mom is doing well also. I give honour and praise to My Lord for answering yours and my prayers. He does have His hand on her life.

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I brought  home my 5 yr. old granddaughter Jenna for the night.  She was thrilled to see her new baby sister.

I had no idea what my next post would be. Little did I know my new granddaughter would be born 3 weeks early and thank God she arrived safely. I am so tickled pink. :) Dianne

P.S All photos taken by me ( Grandma ) with my new little Fugifilm Finepix S1000fd camera. The video on this little camera is amazing. I am glad I got it or I would not have been able to do a video.  I will not post it though. Hope you all understand.


August 04,2008

Baby and mom doing fine

Good Morning one and all, I just got a report from my son that Courtney is doing fine and is with mom. Her blood sugars are normal and she has got a clean bill of health and mom and baby will be able to go home in the next couple of days. Truly this is an answer to your prayers and mine.  Thank God and each one of you for your prayers and support. I really appreciate it. :) Dianne



I got to hold my precious granddaughter for the first time today. My heart melted like butter. I will never be the same again. I held her until I had to give her up to all those waiting in line. It was then that I once again picked up my camera and couldn't stop clicking. This is only a few images that I took today. I have 3 very precious grandchildren. All girls.  Tesa, Jenna and now Courtney. I am very protective of them and my family but I just had to post this new photo album. :) Dianne


August 6, 2008

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Dad, Mom and Courtney



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Courtney and Mom have arrived home today



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Courtney was 5lbs. 2 oz. at Birth. She is 4lbs. 13oz. today. She is so tiny and she has developed some jaundice as well but the Drs. seem to think she will be fine and that it is somewhat normal for premature babies. They sure don't keep them in the hospital very long these days.  Please remember her in your prayers , that she will start to gain some weight and not loose anymore or we wont be able to find her in her bassinet. :) Grandma ( Dianne)



August 11/2008 (Archive)

DSCF0848 Courtney! wk. old


Courtney is now a week old. I stopped in to see how everyone was doing. I held my granddaughter  and this time she was awake and her beautiful blue eyes were open and she smiled and grinned at me and made all kinds of wonderful sounds. I did not get any pictures of this amazing time as I was too caught up in that special moment . She fell asleep and mom was getting her ready to go out in her stroller seen here. It is so neat as her car seat converts into a stroller.You can see how tiny she is although we think she has gained some weight and the jaundice is fading away.


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Rose From My Garden Just For You


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A Rose From My Garden … I Give To You



A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the WILL OF GOD for his life and for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact…It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible it was to do so.

Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to recite the following poem…


It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
When in my hands they fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

The pathway that lies before me,
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

~ © Bryan T. Burgess ~



I just came across this poem and thought it would go hand in hand with this rose from my garden. Just another one of God’s little miracles with a wonderful life lesson . May we all stop and smell the roses along the pathway of our lives. May we all stop and listen and we just might hear the voice of God whispering our name and reassuring us to keep trusting Him to guide us along lives pathway, for He loves us and promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us.

God is Good no matter what the circumstances may be. 

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Hugs and Smiles

Dianne :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flood Waters In The Spring 2008


Canadian Goose@ Riverside Park In Belleville Ontario Canada

This Goose is on a pond made by the overflow of the Moira River in March of 2008, during the flooding of the river. It is normally a picnic area and dry ground.



Seagull@Riverside Park

This Gull is on higher ground



  IMG_2344_Seagull In Flight 2


In Flight

Wings Toward Heaven

Flying Over The Flooded Water



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Just up the river from here their were around 60 homes flooded out



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Sometimes we are like this tree

Life gets rough

We feel like we are drowning

Life seems out of control

Where do we turn to?

I turned to Jesus

I am rooted in Him

He is my Rock

I stand firmly in Him

He brings stability to my life

I shall not be moved

So deep, flowing waters

Be on your way!

The waters will subside


Like a tree, I will continue to grow stronger

Because I am grounded in Him

He is my Rock

He is my Salvation

He has set me free

I will take the calm along with the storm

Like the goose I will seek the pond

Like the seagull, I will fly

Like the tree, I will stand against the waters

Because I know I am in His Hands

I will not let fear rule over me

By His Grace

I live my life

Day by Day

Until the very end.

Written by: Dianne (dsphotocats)



When  you pass through the waters,

I will be with you:

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

Isaiah 43:2, NIV Bible



This is from my archives . For those of you who take the time to read this , thank you and God Bless.

Have a wonderful week

Dianne :)

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