May 2012

By: novembergale , 11:25 PM GMT on May 05, 2012

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May 2012

Torpor Tonight? (novembergale)
Temperatures tonight will be flirting with the freezing mark. The recently arrived hummingbirds are really filling up this evening. It seems they know it's going to be a cold night and are preparing for noctivation. Here's a good article about how hummingbirds survive the cold: http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2006/04/hummingbirds_and_torpor.php
Torpor Tonight?
Cinqo de Mayo Super Moon (novembergale)
Western New York version in the town of Arkwright.
Cinqo de Mayo Super Moon
Scattered Clouds (novembergale)
Scattered clouds create another beautiful sunset over Lake Erie this evening.
Scattered Clouds
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (novembergale)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Perpetual Favorite (novembergale)
The American Goldfinch
Perpetual Favorite
Mourning Cloak Butterfly (novembergale)
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Perpetual Favorite (novembergale)
The American Goldfinch (female)
Perpetual Favorite
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (novembergale)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
For Mothers Everywhere (novembergale)
The finale of this season's tulips...
For Mothers Everywhere
Nanticoke (novembergale)
Sunset over Lake Erie as seen from my backyard this time of the year highlights the dirty smoke plumes from the Nanticoke Generating Station in Ontario (far right on the horizon). Nanticoke is the largest coal-fired power plant in North America and one of the greatest single polluters on the continent. It is currently scheduled to phase out the use of coal by 2014.
Nanticoke
Slipping Away (novembergale)
Can't really tell where the water ends and the sky begins.
Slipping Away
Orange Camouflage (novembergale)
Female Oriole feasting on oranges.
Orange Camouflage
Eclipse over Lake Erie (novembergale)
Just a glimpse of the eclipse over Lake Erie before the sun set. I believe we are near the most easterly location where a partial view of the eclipse could be seen today.
Eclipse over Lake Erie
Eclipse over Lake Erie (novembergale)
Just a glimpse of the eclipse over Lake Erie before the sun set. I believe we are near the most easterly location where a partial view of the eclipse could be seen today.
Eclipse over Lake Erie
Partial Eclipse over Lake Erie (novembergale)
Just a glimpse of the eclipse over Lake Erie before the sun set. I believe we are near the most easterly location where a partial view of the eclipse could be seen today.
Partial Eclipse over Lake Erie
Hazy Sunset (novembergale)
Hazy Sunset
Osprey with a Fish (novembergale)
Osprey with a Fish
Earliest Roses Ever (novembergale)
We have a gigantic wild rosebush on our property that usually begins blooming in mid-June. I have never before seen it with open roses in May!
Earliest Roses Ever
Open Invitation (novembergale)
I bought a potted tropical hibiscus plant for my deck hoping that the hummingbirds and bees would enjoy the nectar from it. So far, they have totally ignored it and visit only the native flowers. There must be a lesson here somewhere.
Open Invitation
Widow Skimmer (novembergale)
Widow Skimmer

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2. novembergale
1:18 AM GMT on May 16, 2012
Thank you!
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1. NumberWise
2:01 AM GMT on May 14, 2012
I'm envious about the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I haven't seen one for years! All of the photos are lovely, and I appreciate that you put some of them into the blog.
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Nature photos from the Chautauqua Ridge in western New York State with great views of Lake Erie and Southern Ontario.