Monday, December 20, 2010

A Taste of Summer at The Vermilon River-A Post to my World Tuesday

Broken Monarch


Eastern Tiger Tail


Unknown Moth
Readers who are familiar with this site know that it deals not just with birds , but all manners of flora and fauna of this small section of forest that Boomer and I move around. Apart from our area it is an enormous forest, it's just that Boom and I are only capable of travelling in a small area, probably no greater than a radius of 10 miles because we walk. You know that strange motion that keeps you fit with little effort, and allows you to enjoy nature that is not confined to a zoo or park or some such.thing. It also means we leave no carbon imprint. What we take in we bring out.
 As I've said many times before it is a regenerating forest originally obliterated by mining.And I can still show you  some stains on the rocks that remain from that time. Some older members of the area can remember when diesel fuel was burnt off the river from spills at the railyards. And old RR equipment still sits in those yards likely polluting the ground  with petroleum wastes. The RR was a Crown Corporation at one time. a unique Canadian invention that permitted the Government to run a company at arms length and pour millions of dollars of taxes into it to preserve jobs, and  to make the economy look good.

Forestry clear cut the forests for lumber, and fuel for the smelters with little thought to the future.

But some people fought  for tough  legislation to curb the mining companies. The RR has not much improved although it is no longer a welfare project but now a private company. It has just moved onto greener pastures (no pun intended). And the remaining area is probably of little interest to forestry companies because the forest is now too young.

In the light of the results or lack of results at Cancun, we never learn or accomplish anything until we actually threaten our politicians with that one thing they fear- no legislative seat and the need to find a job.So work for recall legislation in your community, and invite your reps at all levels to join the unemployment line.

Boom & I are lucky in that here the forest is re-generating and at least a small group of people will ensure that it continues to. And we intend to enjoy the forest and all its bounty. So enjoy this little taste of summer with the compliments of Boom & I of the Vermilon River.

22 comments:

  1. I love your photos and the butterflies are exquisite! Such lovely colors! Hope your week is off to a great start! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    Sylvia

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  2. Beautiful butterflies. The colorful designs on them is lovely.

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  3. The butterfly shots are superb. I am glad the forest is regenerating.

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  4. Great butterfly photos. I've never been able to capture them like that.

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  5. Hi Al: Just the equipment, but I have never seen such a battleworn specimen.Thanks for the visit.

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  6. Hi lotusleaf: Trying to photograph butterflies requires good equipment and patience. They're slower in the hot sun, but so was I. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  7. Rajesh: Thanks for the visit and kind comments.

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  8. Thanks J.Bar for the visit and kind comments.

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  9. Sylvia K. Merry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for the compliments.

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  10. Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

    Merry Christmas and have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  11. Very good idea to post something different from what we see now!!! Butterflies are so beautiful. Great photos and well captured.

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  12. It's so good that the forest is regenerating. Nature seems able to survive most of what humans throw at her.
    Those butterflies and the moth are so exotic - wonderful colours.

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  13. Hi jabblog: Thanks for the compliments, and have a good holiday.

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  14. Hi Y. Ikeda: Yes, the butterflies are a reminder of summer. Thanks for the compliments.

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  15. Hi Bob: These guys are really flighty to photograph. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  16. Thanks- as much as I enjoy seeing the winter birds, I'm already looking forward to spring again!

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  17. To Mike B. Still, there's a bit of time and you may as well enjoy it.Boom & I spend the AM in the woods sitting in the snow trying to photograph some birds and animals and it was quite enjoyable. (I missed the red squirrel totally, but got some good chickadee and a nut hatch photo.So a positive day.)

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  18. Love the colors of the butterflies, especially the purple and mauve ones! One advantage of regenerating forest is that the plants get plenty of sunlight. It also attracts a greater variety of birds than found in a forest.

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  19. Thanks Hilke: These photos are taken on a trail that runs alongside and sometimes in a creek. It has lots of brush and the flowering wildflowers which attracts these guys. Boom & Gary.

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  20. To Bram: Merry Christmas and thanks for the visit.

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