Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pink Skies Of The Vermilon River. A Post to SWF.

This post is a combination of photos from different days and hikes. The pink skies occurred yesterday, the 28th, while the rest of the photos are from the hike that Broken Beak, the Raven chief took us on,detailed in the last post. Remember the photos are downsized, so read the copy and click to enlarge, and enjoy the slide show.

True to the old adage pink skies in the morning brought overcast skies and more snow. We've been getting more snow in little batches of 1 or 2 cm., but over a three day period that adds up to 6 cm. or maybe 3 inches.

This is the ridge to the NW with the River in front, covered in ice and snow. The River never stops flowing, and only freezes in its wide areas on the surface.The cloud cover is typical of a day calling for intermittent sun and cloud, a sort of hedge for the weatherman.

I included a close up of the above. If you look in the centre of the photo you'll see another set of abandoned bridge abutments. What's behind the ridge? you ask. Another valley, wetlands, and more ridges. The cross country ski trail runs for about 10km approximately along the River bank to your left, and is a great hike summer and winter.The ridges support the larger four legged critters, who move down to the River for food. 

A photo of the ridge through the rock  islands in the River. Yes, there are other trails into the ridges besides the ski trail. When we went on a hike to Mystic Lake last year, I took you up the trail along the ridge in the east track area, another abandoned rail line. Almost all of the lakes are uninhabited, and it's unlikely you'll see anyone on the trails. The rest of the post is wildlife so I'll use captions. 

Blue Jay.

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee.

Female Pine Grosbeak showing her colours.


Male Pine Grosbeaks.

Female Pine Grosbeaks.

Female Pine Grosbeak

Male Pine Grosbeak.

Female Pine Grosbeak

Pine Sisken

Pine Sisken In The Wind.

Female Redpoll

Male Redpoll

Female Redpoll

Male Redpoll Loaded With Colour

Raven of the West Bank Of the River.

Female Hairy Woodpecker.

Red Squirrel In The Snow.

Same Squirrel

A Post to SWF @ http://skyley.blogspot.com/, to Camera Critters @ http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/ and Scenic Sunday @ http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/  By the way not the same squirrel in the close up.

55 comments:

  1. Wonderful series of shots! Love the pink skies and it's always fascinating to see the birds from cold climes.

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  2. Hi Gary

    A great post I am really getting a sense of what a lovely area you have to hike in. The photo of the rock islands is just a beautiful example of typical Canadian Shield country.

    All the best.
    Guy

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    1. I get the feeling you know this area!!

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  3. Lovely (viewing both ways!)....that squirrel looks cold. I always wonder when I see red skies (morning or night) if the old adage is going to be true, interesting to see it was.

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  4. your 2nd sky shot is my favorite. nice birds and squirrels, too!

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  5. I enjoyed your pictures and visit your blog very much.
    Especially all the wonderful and to me unknown birds.
    THANK YOU.

    :-) from Denmark

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  6. awesome photos..isn't it funny how different squirrels look in different areas...

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  7. I agree with Deb. Always interesting seeing the different flavor of squirrels around the country.

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  8. Pretty skies and I had never seen a red squirrel before..

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  9. The Blue Jays, Woodpecker and Squirrel are out of this world, you're pictures are getting better and better. What equipment do use?

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  10. Those grosbeaks shots are just wonderful Gary - what a special bird. We say over in the UK "Red Sky in the morning shepherd's warning"

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  11. I love this pink sky, and the variety of birds is super!

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  12. I didn't realize the Male Pine Grosbeaks were so red. They're handsome!

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    1. The sun is also picking up the red.

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  13. I love the pink skies!
    It's always nice seeing your wildlife but the scenery shots give us a lovely view of your surroundings.
    May your weekend be only pink skies at night. :)

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  14. You are really living in a unique area for landscape and biodiversity. I really enjoy your birds a lot, so different from the one over here... but if you want more snow I can give you some, we are getting more and more ;-)

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    1. We got more, Chris, between 15-25cm depending on where you are.

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  15. I love the pink skies and beautiful landscapes. You have a gift for capturing the birds and squirrels. Wonderful set of shots.

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  16. Beautiful photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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  17. Pink skies and snow seem perfect. Love those little bird shots! So many different ones.

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  18. I, too, love the snow and pink skies! And, of course, the birds and squirrels are always favorites! Have a great weekend, Gary!

    Sylvia

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  19. Gary, glorious pink skies, exceptional beauty in each songbird image, absolutely too cute...those images of the Red Squirrel! I would say you got yourself a winner of a series going here~

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  20. Nice pictures, great, as always, I love that pink sky. I wish him well. Greetings.

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  21. Lovely pink skies and the birds are always a treat to see on your blog. Great shots! Happy skywatching and have a great weekend!

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  22. stunning pink sky, fabulous captures of the feathered friends, glad to see they are finding a meal even with the snow covered ground

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  23. Wonderful bird captures Garry ..... That little chickadee is just delightful!

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  24. Such beautiful sky photo and the birds awesome!

    SWF

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  25. What pink perfection! And lovely bird shots too.

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  26. What lovely shots!

    http://ladyfi.wordpress.com

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  27. glorious photos as always; so many to enjoy; wonderful nature right at your doorstep it seems

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  28. Happy weekend and happy trails to you both. Too funny just as I was opening your post nature invaded my town house in the form of a big green tree frog bouncing around the kitchen. They are slimy creatures to try and pick up and move.

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  29. You live in such a beautiful country. Your pink skies are glorious and I love all those birds.
    Have a happy weekend with Boomer

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  30. What gorgeous skies. Love the pink. And, your birds again are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Those bird shots are beautiful. The snow makes a great backdrop.

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  32. Great series of shots, gorgeous pink sky and lovely birds!

    Irene

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  33. The colors of the blue Jay and the male Pin Grosbeak come out so clear in the snow! And the sky -incredible! Thank you for visiting my new artblog:)

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  34. Lovely pinks - and indeed lots of vivid colours on your birds - great shots.

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  35. A natureza é tão maravilhosa... aqui vejo tantas jóias preciosas da natureza... suas fotos são tão lindas!!!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil.
    ♥ •˚。
    °° 。♥。
    ●/ ♥•˚。˚
    /❤
    / \ 。˚。♥

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  36. Very pretty sky and beautiful birds.

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  37. Wonderful photos, Gary. I can never resist chickadees. I just love them.
    No, we're not having Spring in southeastern Alberta yet. My photos of the Northern Flickers were taken last fall, and I've made a change in my blog post to say so. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  38. I love those bird and squirrel shots!

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  39. Those sure are some speccy bird shots Gary! Thanks for sharing the adventures you and Boomer experience, and for dropping by blog again. Happy weekend!

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  40. Snowy weather and huge splashes of red works wonders

    Great set of images showing some very special inhabitants

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  41. Hi!

    It's my first time at your blog. I really like your pictures! You must have a nice time shooting all of them and enjoying nature. :)

    Regards from Barcelona.

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  42. the colours on the male pine grosbeaks are so vibrant

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  43. Wow. You really are north. We took a great trip up to Wawa June, 2009.
    My brother works in Musselwhite Mine up there, 500km north of Thunder Bay.(Pickle Lake) He pops in from time to time if a plane trip is grounded. He ives in BC!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  44. How lovely pictures of the birds and squirrel. You have really been in their area and captured them :0)

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