Nature Notes

August 30, 2010

Inside the Commons

Filed under: Cityscape,Ontario — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa is the legislative body of the country and is made up of the Canadian Monarch, represented by the Governor General, the Commons and the Senate. You can take a free tour of the Parliament Buildings and visit the chambers they use which are located in the Center Block of the Parliament Buildings. It is sometimes called the Green Chamber as opposed to the Senate’s Red Chamber.

The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

The Commons Chamber, Ottawa

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August 19, 2010

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Filed under: Cityscape,Quebec — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal (In French: Marché Bonsecours) is a public market in the old part of Montreal. It was built in 1847 and served as the city’s main market for many years.

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

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August 11, 2010

Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

Filed under: Animals,Hawaii — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am


Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

The Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, lives on several islands in Indonesia and is the world’s largest lizard. In the wild it can grow to 70 kg. (150 lbs.) and 3 meters (10 ft.). Its mouth is full of many strains of virulent bacteria and its bite can infect and weaken prey animals in as little as 8 hours. although mainly a carrion eater, it will take live animals of a large size, attacking them by ambush.

The image above was taken in the Honolulu Zoo.

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August 5, 2010

The Aliens have Landed

Filed under: Cityscape,Quebec — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

At least that’s what it looks like to me. It actually started out as a velodrome for Montreal’s 1976 Olympics. It was also used for the judo competitions.

Between 1989 and 1992, renovations took place that transformed it into a nature exhibit housing exhibits of the South American rain forest, North American forest, the estuary habitat of the St. Laurence, and the Arctic and Antarctic. It is known as the Biodome. Unfortunately we never saw the exhibits as the workers were on strike. The overhead shots were taken from the tower of the Olympic Stadium.

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

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August 3, 2010

The Rogers Center (Skydome)

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

The Rogers Center (Skydome)

The Rogers Center (Skydome)

Open in 1989 as the Skydome, it has been home to Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays as well as Canadian Football’s Toronto Argonauts. It was the first stadium with a full retractable motorized roof as well as including a 348 room hotel. After purchase by Rogers Communication, it was renamed the Rogers Center, an unfortunate change in my opinion.

Adjacent to the stadium is the CN Tower, the bird’s eye view below was taken from it.

View from the CN Tower

View from the CN Tower

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