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A Trip to the Arboretum

An Adventure in the Ornamental Garden at Ottawa's Dominion Arboretum

Was pleasantly surprised to find Monarchs dancing around the Gardens favouring the Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) the most. Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Dominion Arboretum Ornamental Garden, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Conservation Status: imperiled (S2N,S4B) in Ontario, CA (NatureServe).

Had a most wonderful day spent at the Dominion Arboretum with flowers galore & insects to boot. It has been awhile since I visited the gardens & had a few disappointments with some of my favourites missing but all in all I did find some subjects to shoot before the rains hit the city. The Arboretum is a fairly large complex of diverse planted vegetation located centrally in the city & maintained by Agriculture Canada under the name of Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm. It certainly a beautiful oasis of mostly Canadiana botany. When one wants to escape the bustle of the city it is always a good choice to find adventures with abundant flora & fauna.

Butt full of pollen for this little guy. Green Sweat Bee (Agapostemon texanus) on a Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) bottom at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Unknown Hover Fly/Syphid Fly of some type on a Black-eyed Susan flower at the Arboretum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) was very vocal with displeasure to my presence in the gardens.

Northern Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota) floats in a pond at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden.

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