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#263746 Owl Butterfly

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 11:01 PM

Isn't this beast simply gorgeous in its own ugly way! Love these.


You may have seen me post this on Facebook.  I had an argument with some birders yesterday on FB over baiting. Some nut in Toronto was throwing feeder mice to bait an owl and the birders lost their minds. I don't agree with live baiting. But, I was trying to tell those idiots to go after him for his dog, that was off-leash and for threatening bodily harm to them. Talk about a bunch of nuts that can't see the forest from the trees.  It is not illegal to bait Owls in Ontario.  They are trying to shame him online.


I hope he sues them, even though he seems like a giant donkey.







#263744 Niagara Falls, Ontario 2020

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:49 PM

I spent the better part of last week in Niagara Falls.  Every January, I run a convention for boardgame enthusiasts.  This was my 16th year of doing it.  I always take one extra day to tour Niagara Falls, because I love the area.

One of the things I have noticed over the years is the City is making it harder and harder to like them!  Parking meters are almost everywhere.  Rates have gone up to $6 per half hour, up from $5 last year.


By the Falls, they have reduced the number of lanes to drive from 4 lanes to two and put up a huge barrier to keep you from stopping your car and walking over to the Falls. So, they are forcing you to PARK! 

Food prices are outrageous almost everywhere.  They tax everything and hotels are charging to park in their lots! I am really starting to dislike the people running the place.


This is a funky ice covered lamp near the edge of the Falls. We are having a mild winter so far, so the ice on the lamp isn't as dramatic as other years.




The Falls, standing by the edge.



A view of the Falls from further away with some of the ice on the railings showing. The temps hovered around freezing today.




Two views of the building at the bottom of the gorge below the Falls.







#263743 Niagara Falls, Ontario

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:38 PM

Seguel to 2020 and my walkabout of Niagara Falls, downtown tourist trap area. I love visiting this old, gorgeous building.  


Well, I am sad to report that since 2018, almost NOTHING has happened that I can tell.  I am disgusted. The roof was fixed two years ago, that was very good!  Looks like new windows on the front of the building and nothing more that I can see.


#263742 Rarotonga.... some more.

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:34 PM

Peter, those are AWESOME! What a great series.


Looks like you had a great time in Rarotonga.  I was going to ask how you got the underwater shots, then I read it was an Olympus.  Very nice.


Thanks for sharing! I was away last week in Niagara Falls, freezing there as well!

Will share some images after I make them small enough for PN.

#263741 DENNIS SMITH has NOTHING on me!

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:31 PM

Oh yeah! I do have one thing... hair on my head!


Boy, you know how to rub it in!!!!

Christmas Card List:

Dennis Smith




:P  :P

#263740 DENNIS SMITH has NOTHING on me!

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:30 PM



Both you and Peter look good!!

Sorry for the image quality, it looked good on the phone! :lol:


So, this is my SICK beard.  While I had the flu, I didn't shave.  When I looked in the mirror, I was shocked at how grey I have become.


I have to take my driver's license renewal pic in the next week along with my Health Card, so the beard will finally come off.

Man, getting old sucks!

#263734 DENNIS SMITH has NOTHING on me!

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 06:25 PM



#263723 Two month ARCTIC PHOTO EXPEDITION (part 1)

Posted by Art on 19 January 2020 - 08:12 PM




#263666 Finishing up the holidays.

Posted by Art on 12 January 2020 - 02:58 AM

Interesting images, Bill.

#263665 Landcrab..and Myna bird

Posted by Art on 12 January 2020 - 02:57 AM

Very nice, Peter. Hope you had a lovely holiday.

#263664 A report from Rarotonga

Posted by Art on 12 January 2020 - 02:52 AM


Great moon shot.  I love the big crater on the 3 o'clock position roughly.  My perspective from the great white north is that is it typically in the 7 o'clock position.  Cool how that perspective changes depending on where you are on the planet.

#263644 January 2020 Challenge

Posted by Art on 08 January 2020 - 03:20 AM

Very nice choice!

#263643 Moon shot with Fuji 50-230 and XT3

Posted by Art on 08 January 2020 - 03:14 AM

You mooning us, Jim?




Very nice.

#263616 The XT3 is simply AMAZING!!

Posted by Art on 06 January 2020 - 05:08 AM

Looks nice, Jim!


Nice series and again, congratulations, I am delighted for you.

#263608 Two month ARCTIC PHOTO EXPEDITION (part 1)

Posted by Art on 05 January 2020 - 04:20 PM

And now Part 2 - Chasing a Ghost



Thank you, Herman!!