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Dreamt a dream
about falling asleep,
woke up in yet another one --
a near-seamless string of dreams within dreams.

As I become older, 
I still retain the eternal heart of a 6 year old child.
Sort of like Peter Pan ....

.... and I will always take my chances with Captain Hook.
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I am a Canuck who grew up on the West Coast.
I have some of this, do a little of that (lol).
Aside from writing, I enjoy oil painting as a creative outlet.
I love mountain biking.
I am a gardener and bio-chemist.
(So many "I"s)

As far as the Peter Conspiracy goes,
Chris is a shortened version of my birth-name.
It is my legal name.
I am not some guy from NYC; I have never lived in NYC.

PoetrySoup.com is the first site where I publicly posted a poem online.

 

 

 


Some wildlife photos of mine


Blog Posted:8/13/2014 2:36:00 PM

My daughter and I bike up to a conservation area that is located in a neighbouring township. We don some of our grubbier clothing, pack along swim-wear (for the river) and food, then ride the trails.

During many of the visits there, I focus on photographing the landscape and larger animals, such as white-tailed deer, foxes, beavers, bobcats, osprey, bald eagles, etc. During our recent trips, I have instead been focusing on photographing the smaller creatures.

At the risk of seeming boring (lol), here are some of those photos.

 

This is a Chrysemys picta (Painted turtle)

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The same :P

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Here is a lighter, girly version of me holding the Chrysemys picta.

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This is an Argiope aurantia, my favourite species of spider. This Madame is gorgeous. One can notice the two hearts located on its abdomen. The Argiopo aurantia has a smooth, shiny abdomen, yet its cephalothorax is hairy (gray/tan). Each evening, this spider eats the centre of its web, and re-weaves the centre in the morning.

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Underside.

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In this photo, one can see how distinct the 'heart' is (located in the middle area of the abdomen, for those of you who might have short attention spans and/or poor eyesight).

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Some good ol' honey bees collecting pollen from Milkweed (it isn't a weed though).

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That's all.

Milkweed is the favourite staple diet of many butterfly species. Because of the Milkweed and some other indigenous flora, a lot of different species of beautiful, large butterflies migrate to this area from South America. I come across species of butterflies that I have never seen before. Next visit I am going to focus on photographing the butterflies.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2014 11:43:00 AM
    Very nice photos, I also like taking nature photography but have not for a bit, you inspire me to start again, I used to go nowhere without my camera, I must dust it off ~~

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  1. Date: 8/15/2014 4:45:00 AM
    Lovely photos, Chris. Thanks for sharing...I have arachnophobia. ;) How interesting that this spider has hearts on its abdomen. I LOVE HEARTS. I collect heart shaped objects and paintings. Yea...mushy, I know, but I still will stay away from this spider...hearts and all. BTW...if that gorgeous little girl is a smaller lighter version of you....You must be one good looking man! :) I appreciate beauty. Great blog. HA...the patcha for this? EWW....I think that has to do with the spider...the turtle is adorable.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/15/2014 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW...Chris, my dad told me about a book you might like to read...The General's Son. Sorry, I don't have an author reference, but it is about the issue you last blogged about.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/15/2014 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ah, so a spider with hearts might be something of a conundrum for someone who has arachnophobia and collects hearts? Thanks, but as far as the looks, I am not so sure on some mornings lol! I am glad if you enjoyed the photos :D
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 11:07:00 PM
    i love photography.had it last year as a module.cool how you guys go out there and appreciate the beauty of nature.many a people seem to have forgotten about those little guys out there,huh?

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/15/2014 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah, I agree. I haven't taken any proper photography courses, so I point and click, and hope for the best. I would enjoy taking a proper photography course.
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 7:13:00 PM
    Nature is enchanting indeed.What beautiful pics. Chris.You and your daughter must have lots of fun..and Hey,Isn't She adorable? : )

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/15/2014 3:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think so :D
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 3:58:00 PM
    simply stunning images of animals i have never seen before - the only one we have on our little Island is the honey bee! Hugs Jan xxx

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad if you enjoyed the photos.
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 10:52:00 AM
    Hope you don't mind, I'm gonna ramble here...Speaking of big spiders, I actually caught (ok not barehanded, I used a box), of what I think is a hunstman spider in my mom's room last month, boy that spider can jump & it's so fast! I showed it to my kids in school, & they really enjoyed seeing it, but my nephews enjoyed it better when I finally caught a fly barehanded to feed the spider. But yup, as much as they wanted to keep it for a pet, we did release it in the garden afterwards.

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/15/2014 3:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, after checking the link below (thanks), it's clear that the huntsman and wolf spiders are quite different from each other. Wow, those huntsman spiders move quickly!
    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/15/2014 11:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I checked a bit on the wolf spider (that is one cool looking spider), it looked different from the spider that I caught though, which had very long legs & a diff abdomen --looked very much like the one in this youtube video, esp around the 40 sec mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gths8z60j_w
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cool. I wonder if the huntsman spider is similar to the North American variety of wolf spider?
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 10:37:00 AM
    Aww shucks, your daughter sure is very beautiful! Awesome pic of her and that turtle! I find it so cool how you guys spend precious time with nature, bravo to you! I'm sure you have loads of fun. Kids definitely need more away time from computers & gadgets (note to self). As for that spider, how cool that it's also known as the writing spider--seeing this actually reminded me of this big spider I saw as a kid, I'm not sure if it's the same species? We call it gagambang pari- priest (pari) spider (gagamba)-- but it also had these bright yellow markings on its abdomen, if I recall right, it was like an x-mark, but what I also remembered about it was its egg sac, sort of neon yellow green?

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, nikko. Yeah, the writing spider is another name for Argiope aurantia. I am not sure about the priest spider that you are describing? The colour of the egg sack sounds wonderful. There are much larger spiders in your area of the world.
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 10:20:00 PM
    I used to see that spider in my yard every year NOT this year, there have been much less sounds of night insects & frogs too :(. We are killing all the little things ... [sigh]

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You had that species of spider in your yard? Nice. Well, help bring them back? It takes a lot of dedication towards intervention and hard work. Change is the universal constant that everything, something and nothing, cannot escape the reality of.
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 4:35:00 PM
    There is beauty in nature.......(and what a beauty is your daughter!)... The mix is a wonderful way to spend a day ! Thanks for sharing !! :)

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Carrie. I agree, spending time in nature is wonderful.
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 4:30:00 PM
    and where are YOU, Chris. Always I miss the pictures of YOU. (cute girly version of you in your daughter).

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/14/2014 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Add a bit of darkness (both mentally and physically), a touch more slant to the eye and cheekbone, some ruggedness, and a dash of ugliness .... and *voila!* (Hehe!)

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