Nature’s Snugly, Ugly & The Ant That Sucked Life Out Of Him

Nature’s Snugly, Ugly & The Ant That Sucked Life Out Of Him

The Nokiidaa Trail link boardwalk section of the St. John’s sideroad is now fully adapted – one visit is not enough to discover this short and popular trail on the boardwalk. It is also hard to believe that just last year in March the boardwalk was still under construction. The adaptation process went very well for everyone.

Hello There! Lady Wood Duck With Brood

The population of the lady Wood duck is booming and the ducklings look so snugly and adorable. As a matter of fact this one looking in my direction is reminding me Mumble from the Happy Feet movie.

Hello There Again!

The Lady Bugs found are the real ones, not the Asian one which were released few years ago to get the aphids under control. I still remember when they used to crawl into our house, or seeing a cloud of them flying on our backyard. They were biting as well and had this orange juice coming out of them – yikes.

Beautiful Lady Bug

Who likes spiders? Not me, but they are nice little creatures great to photograph. This one is less than 10 mm in length, including the limbs. Not very big, but good light does help to get nice sharp image, okay, and a good macro lens as well. If you like spiders no worries many many different species crawl everywhere.

Ouch A Spider

I don’t know what kind of insect on the photo below that is but I had to do lot of body bending around to get him to look at my camera.

Used To Be Beautiful

The sad part is that the red ant was sucking life out of him. I didn’t notice at first, but I did notice that he didn’t look too good. For some reason an ant was attached to him and probably trying to kill him, while he was crawling around and anticipating that it will eventually get lost.

Ant Sucking Life Out Of Him

But what I did not notice was that little creature on the stone when I was processing my images. I could be wrong but I think I photographed a tick (bottom left corner photo below), that means I was so close.

Perhaps not all ticks cause Lyme disease. Perhaps the one bit me many moons ago was not the blacklegged tick. I was five or six years old when I was bitten and my mom took out fat tick from my wrist. I did not get any reaction and lost some blood thrown away with the dead tick.

Only forty five minute spent on the boardwalk today yet so much we discovered and only partial journey shared. I will share more stay tuned.

Presumably A Tic

‘Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known’. ~ Carl Sagan

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. Hi – love your blog. And your photos!

    Where is the head of the St. John boardwalk? How do we find it?

  2. Michele thank you for kind words.
    Boardwalk is right on the St. John’s sideroad for the McKenzie Marsh, just East of Yonge Street.
    The Nokiiedaa boardwalk is right on intersection of Hadley Grange and St. John’s Sideroad, right across the blue house on the corner (east side).
    Hope this helps, but if not just look up on the Google maps for intersection of Yonge Street and St. John’s sideroad.
    Good luck and thanks again.
    Anna :)

  3. Nice new template! I like!

    Such lovely pictures! You have the best macro!

  4. Anna,

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! You live surrounded by beauty and magic.

    By the way, I like spiders and lady bugs too :).


  5. Thanks Marvin, glad you enjoyed it.
    Anna :)

  6. Max, you know it is always so nice to see you here.
    I could used to spiders, but not crawling on me, lol.
    Lady bugs are nice, the real one.
    Hope all is well. And I will see you soon on your side.
    Anna :)