Anne Elliott's photos with the insects

Female Mountain Bluebird with lunch for her babies

Female Mountain Bluebird with lunch for her babies
In Bluebirds, the blue colour is produced by the structure of the feather - there is no blue pigment. "Tiny air pockets in the barbs of feathers can scatter incoming light, resulting in a specific, non-iridescent color. Blue colors in feathers are almost…
Added on January 24, 2017

Three insect species on a single flower

Three insect species on a single flower
All three photos posted this morning, were taken yesterday, 25 September 2016. It was a day of birding east and south-east of the city, with a group of birding friends. We set out at 8:00 am and our main stopping places were Weed Lake, Marsland Basin an…
Added on September 26, 2016

Why I would never eat wild mushrooms : )

Why I would never eat wild mushrooms : )
Well, one of the reasons why I would never eat them - I can see several little white worms/maggots crawling through the fungi flesh! The other reason I don't eat any is that you need to be an expert to know which mushrooms are edible and which ones are po…
Added on September 13, 2016

Collecting food for her babies

Collecting food for her babies
In Bluebirds, the blue colour is produced by the structure of the feather - there is no blue pigment. "Tiny air pockets in the barbs of feathers can scatter incoming light, resulting in a specific, non-iridescent color. Blue colors in feathers are almost…
Added on July 30, 2016

Time to feed the kids

Time to feed the kids
Yesterday afternoon, 19 July 2016, I really wanted to go and check on the family of Mountain Bluebird fledglings, SW of the city. It was also getting uncomfortably warm in my place and I needed to spend a bit of time in the air-conditioning of my car. I…
Added on July 20, 2016

Red-winged Blackbird female with bokeh

Red-winged Blackbird female with bokeh
The day before yesterday, on 20 June 2016, I went for a drive SW of the city again. This time, I was thrilled to bits to see two male Bobolinks and a female. I had driven backwards and forwards along the road where I had seen them a few days ago, with n…
Added on June 22, 2016

Collecting food for his babies

Collecting food for his babies
Four days ago, on 4 June 2016, I had the chance to visit somewhere that I had longed to go to for years - the Ellis Bird Farm. This was thanks to the annual Nature Calgary Bus Trip, which goes to a different location each year. When I read where this ye…
Added on June  8, 2016

Longing for Poppy time

Longing for Poppy time
Photographed at the Reader Rock Garden in Calgary, on 8 August 2012. I will be so happy when flowers are in bloom here, so that I won't need to search through my archives for colourful shots. I know everyone else must be feeling the same, even though we…
Added on April 17, 2015

The "warmth" of a Straw Flower

The "warmth" of a Straw Flower
This beautiful pink Straw Flower was in bloom at the Reader Rock Garden on 17 September 2014. I love seeing these flowers - they always look as if they had been meticulously cut out of shiny paper. The petals aren’t true petals at all, but in fact are m…
Added on November 30, 2014

Harebell and tiny visitors

Harebell and tiny visitors
This delicate Harebell, complete with two tiny visitors, is one of the few wildflower photos that I got round to taking this summer. It was taken on 20 July 2014, the day that I plucked up courage to do a drive that I’d never done before - to Bow Valley…
Added on September  9, 2014