Toronto

Ontario, Canada – October 2018

The largest city in Canada offers incredible perspectives. After New York City, it is the city with the second highest number of skyscrapers in North America.

Toronto, Harbourfront

The city has a very well-developed public transportation system with subway, tram and bus lines.

Toronto, King Street West

The “Gardiner Expressway” is the city highway and runs on a bridge construction in the area of the city center. Therefore, you see practically nothing of what is on the ground and you literally “fly” over it and between the skyscrapers.

“Chinatown – Next Exit” is written on the blue sign between the glass towers.

Toronto, Chinatown – Next Exit

The contrast couldn’t be bigger. Above the cool, modern architecture of concrete, steel and glass and one floor below a lively and colorful quarter that lives up to its name.

Toronto, Chinatown

The scenery reminds me of the dystopian films of my youth, such as “Bladerunner” or “Brazil”.

This impression was intensified when we drove out of town on the Expressway. There the skyscrapers step back and make room for billboards on which advertising flashes and squiggles. They are the only spots of color in this gray world.

Toronto, Gardiner Expressway

Niagara Falls

Ontario, Canada – October 2018

Their inflow is controlled in the course of their use to generate electricity by humans, their environment mutates into a kind of Disneyland for the masses of tourists and at night they are illuminated in the most impossible colors – including pee yellow. Nevertheless, they are an impressive sight. View from the Canadian to the US side of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Monarch Butterfly

(Danaus plexippus)
Indiana, USA – September 2018

The monarch is known for his long migrations from eastern North America to his wintering grounds in Mexico. This specimen allows itself a small rest on its up to 3600 kilometers long journey at our front door.

Monarch Butterfly

Northern Paper Wasp

(Polistes fuscatus)
Indiana, USA – October 2018

This wasp species lives in North and Central America and is quite common in human settlements. The images were taken with a macro lens and the wasp has thankfully held still long enough for me to achieve a greater depth of field using focus stacking.

Northern Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasp

Mating Wheel Bugs

(Arilus cristatus)
Indiana, USA – October 2018

These predatory bugs are common in North America but not very numerous. After I had first observed and photographed a single specimen, about two weeks later this freshly in love couple ran into me. She marched with him piggyback slowly but purposefully towards the next tree, which she then climbed and finally disappeared into the top.

The Wheel Bugs are considered very useful for pest control. They are quite peaceful creatures, but if they feel threatened, they can sting very painfully.

Mating Wheel Bugs
Wheel Bug
Wheel Bug

Bug on cloverleaf

Indiana, USA – September 2018

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out what kind of bug it is yet. The little gnome was busy cleaning himself after he had apparently relieved himself (yellowish drop). I feel a bit like a voyeur watching a bathroom scene.

Bug on Cloverleaf