Photohunt: Stripes

This week’s Photohunt theme is “Stripes”….

Sweet Dumpling Squashes are striped and delicious. Since they are smallish, one squash serves one to two persons. We will be having some of these for our Thanksgiving dinner on Monday.

Other squashes are striped, as well.

Some of my favourite stripes appear in photos taken from the dash on late-might drives…

This weekend is also the last weekend of the Butterfly Show at Carleton University. I took Mom today but it was really crowded and parents were not controlling their children and they were disturbing any butterflies I tried to take photos of, as well as pushing past Mom who is frail and walks with a cane. So… only a couple of bad photos. However, the following are from two visits several years ago.

These are all brought in and hatched in the greenhouse specially for the exhibit. The exhibit lasts for 10 days and many of the butterflies are near the end of their life-cycle by the end of the show (as seen by the photo of the butterfly at bottom centre whose wings are so worn that they are now transparent).

I have more photos, here and here


  1. sledpress said,

    October 13, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Very sensible of Canadians, by the bye, to have Thanksgiving a bit earlier in the fall (though I imagine the latitude and growing season is the determining factor).

  2. October 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I’m fascinated with the striped Sweet Dumpling Squash. How do you cook them? I don’t think I can find one in my tropical country but I still want to know how it’s eaten. Thanks.

    • mudhooks said,

      October 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

      You can bake it or microwave it. Poke a couple of holes in it, whichever way you choose.

      Preheat the oven to 350F (don’t know what that is in centigrade or what gas mark) and bake until tender.

      You can also cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, put some butter in the centre and bake. Usually, here, we use brown sugar and butter for cooking squash. These are pretty sweet, so you really don’t need to do much more than put the butter in them.

      I did put a little maple syrup in the flesh when I scooped them out after cooking.

      You could also half them and roast with chicken or turkey.

      We also stuff pumpkins with meat and wild rice and bake. These would be nice done this way, though I haven’t tried them.

  3. srp said,

    October 10, 2010 at 5:17 am

    These are really unusual varieties of butterflies…. our botanical gardens only cares for those that end up here naturally. Great shots! My stripes are here.

  4. bensrib said,

    October 10, 2010 at 2:32 am

    I love the butterflies, and I would never have thought of squash. Very fall-like take on the theme!

  5. luna miranda said,

    October 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    i love the collage of butterflies. beautiful collection of stripes.

  6. October 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Wonderful stripes! I love those squash… too bad you can’t photograph the taste.

  7. Maya said,

    October 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Lots of lovely stripes. I am currently visiting my parents and since I wont be making the long journey home for the USA holidays we will be celebrating a Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday.

  8. pagan sphinx said,

    October 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Excellent, seasonal take on the them with those gourd photos.

  9. October 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    such beautiful creatures! Each is unique! Great photos! Have a great weekend!

  10. AndMilesToGo said,

    October 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    such beautiful stripes you have captured this week!

  11. October 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Wow a great selection! I love the butterflies but the first pumpkin photo is beautifully composed. Happy weekend

  12. Eds said,

    October 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Wow! You definitely have lots of cool entries here!!! Love them all especially the pumpkins! 🙂

  13. Mar said,

    October 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful choices, love Nature’s stripes!

  14. Sparkle said,

    October 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    My human does not eat squash except for pumpkin. I DO eat butterflies, if they ever happen into the house – mmm, mmm, good! So at least one of us finds your take on the theme quite delicious!

  15. azahar said,

    October 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love them all but especially the top pic of the squash. Looks so autumny.

  16. October 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    A fascinating collection.

  17. Vicki said,

    October 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Great photos!

  18. magiceye said,

    October 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

    superb captures!!

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