Friday, August 08, 2008

Butterfly at the Haines-Seville Wetland

While visiting the Haines-Seville this pretty Butterfly posed for its portrait

I believe this a variety of Fritillary but I hesitate to be more precise as so many are so very similar.

Abe Lincoln comment on my first post about the Haines-Seville asking how large it is and if it has a pond. I’m sorry I don’t know the acreage but I will check on it. I would hazard a guess that it encompasses 3-6 acre’s.

By design the Haines-Seville holds water during most of the year and in wet years such as this it contains quite a bit. Unlike a pond, its bottom is not sealed; allowing groundwater recharge to occur and it will go dry during a summer drought.

In years past storm-water was though of as something to dispose of as quickly and conveniently as possible. Water from roof tops, parking lots, etc was shunted off into drainage ditches leading directly to streams and rivers. This in turn greatly increased the flash flooding effect of the storms. Also with this water being moved off quickly, no longer was it allowed to seep into the ground refilling our aquifers. As human demand for clean water increased with our ever-increasing population it became necessary to drill deeper and deeper to obtain water from our ever shrinking aquifers.

Environmental laws are changing with storm water retention ponds and groundwater recharge now being considered with building permits in some areas.

Projects such as the Haines-Seville not only addresses the water problems but it also preserves open public space while giving wildlife yet another place to flourish.


Louise said...

That is a terrific shot! Don't know how you got it to behave for you so well, but it did, and it is impressive!

Kerri Farley said...

Stunning Salty! Absolutely stunning!!

Jeannelle said...

This is just a fantastic photo! How do get butterflies to pose.....they don't for me!

Unknown said...

Lots of butterflies on blogs lately. I'm going out to a butterfly pavilian this weekend. Hope I can get a shot as nice as this one. :)

Kekiinani said...

How did you train that butterfly to pose like that. WOW Weeee.. what a wonderful shot. Wish I could have nearly that much success... :) :)

Anonymous said...

Nice photograph.

That is large. Haines-Seville.

Wildlife needs places of their own, unfortunately, too many cities and towns get involved and leave wildlife out.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: What an interesting post and a great capture of a great looking butterfly.

i beati said...

I like both shots you are right about th heron ?? sk

Teena in Toronto said...

Great shot of the butterfly!

I played too :)