Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Red Skies In the Morning..."At The Vermilon River. A Post To SWF.

To finish the adage "... sailors take warning. Red skies at night sailor's delight. " Feel free to add your adaption to one of the apparently quite good, in the sense of accuracy, old adages about weather.These shots are sunrise photos, and did lead to poor weather. ALL PHOTOS ARE RESIZED,SO CLICK ONE TO ENLARGE AND WATCH THE SLIDE SHOW.

We went from the early warming to cooler with snow flurries today, to possibly snow on the weekend. But its still early for spring, and winter returns every so often to keep us honest.

What's amazing about this series is the brightness of the colours and the changes.

From the molten red to the gold below.

And from the gold to the blue.

These colour variations took very little time to occur, and left the day overcast.

 This is my artsy photo for the day. It's the sky reflected in the common room window of the apartment that we live in. Nice digs, eh? And of course we senior citizens deserve them.
The cooler weather did not impede the break up of the river ice. As well the River is in flood, we were unable to get to the rapids on the abandoned railway track. But now its clear why the track was abandoned. The scenes are all of the upper River and I'll use captions now.

Looking North.

Rocky Shoreline

Vermilon Wetland Still Mainly Frozen

The Big wetland is ice free.

I was really lucky to spot this Male Mallard in a small wetland.

The wetland is still frozen. I tried looking for his mate.

But as I approached she took off, joined shortly by him.

Male And Female Mallards In Flight.

These Geese landed up river setting off clouds of water.

Part of Spring is the arrival of the Red-winged Blackbirds.

Red-winged Blackbird.

 This guy is all caught up in the wind. The winds have been high also.
Common Grackle.

This is a male Downy Woodpecker. You can just make out the black spot in his white tail feather, and his beak, and body are smaller than the female Hairy Woodpecker shown below.


Female Hairy Woodpecker

Female Hairy Woodpecker.

The Song Sparrows were shot in the big wetland, and are, of course, spring arrivals. Soon the big wetland will be full of aquatic birds as  the River current will be too heavy with the spring flood.

Song Sparrow

Huegy, the Northern Crow.

Huegy,Making a Point.

Red Squirrel

Pussy Willows are a sure sigh of spring.

53 comments:

  1. Hi there, "Gary" and "Boom" ....!
    It is a great photo-series of the spring force - sky, open waters and the winged ones.
    The birds are almost all the same what we do.
    That 'black color, a comma' is not here apparently visited.
    Spring greetings from Eco ...

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  2. Now that is a breathtaking sunrise!

    My Mother always predicted the weather with the cow and horses. If the cows huddled under trees and the horses frolliced and rolled in the grass, it was going to rain. I have found myself watching both now that I am her age, and believe it or not they are more accurate than the National Weather Service most times!

    Have a great weekend Gary. :)

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    1. But what are Boom & I to do? We don`t have any horses or cows.

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  3. wow amazing!! compliment darling!! :D
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  4. Excellent sunrise photos! Great colors!!!
    Regards,

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  5. Wow what a beautyfull colors of the sky Gary. I hope not to much snow for you in the weekend.
    gr. Marijke

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  6. You did indeed have some gorgeous, dramatic skies this week, Gary! Terrific captures! I love the Hairy Woodpeckers and, of course, the squirrel! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  7. Oh wow! Absolutely stunning photos (as usual). The morning sky is breath-taking!

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  8. Wow, the sky in surrounding and the changing all the time, beautiful.

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  9. beautiful images there Gary, that one of the duck taking flight is certainly my faviorite

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  10. Hi Gary

    Very nice sky photos and I loved the arty shot of the reflection in the window. The birds were great as always you are lucky to have so many feathered friends.

    Guy

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    1. I think with the return to winter the migration may have slowed or ceased.

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  11. Such a beautiful fiery skies Gary!
    Ans awesome birds pictures... I really love it!
    Have a nice weekend and greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

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  12. amazing colours on show in your sky, thanks for sharing your nature studies with us all

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  13. Wow - those skies are just amazing! Wonderful!

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  14. I love when the sky gets all red and orange like then then changes. Great captures.

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  15. Gorgeous skies. We're expecting snow today also and to think I was gardening last week...

    Thanks for dropping by and visiting!

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  16. Wonderful photos with fantastic light and color. I love all, delicious heaven. Greetings.

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  17. I'M DISAPOINTED. I TRIED TO CLICK AND FOLLOW YOUR SIGHT BLOG AND NOTHING HAPPEN. IT'S RIGHT UP MY ALLEY TO WHAT I LIKE IN LIFE.

    GRANNY FROM FLORIDA

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    1. I tried my own site from the outside and the slide show works for me. I tried to contact you but your profile is not enabled. Boom & Gary.

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  18. What fabulous SWF images!


    «Louis» thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

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  19. this time you really got a colorful evening sky. :)

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  20. Your colorful skies are fantastic. All great shots and I love seeing the birds in flight that you captured. Happy Weekend!

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  21. Thank you for your visit today and kind comment!

    After scrolling a few posts, I see you have an endless bounty of wildlife, scenery and great skies of all colors to photograph...and you do so superbly!

    Have a wonderful weekend~

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  22. Such beautiful country and the bird photos are wonderful. The changing skies are glorious. Aren't you the lucky one to see such an awesome display?! Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are an excellent photographer, Gary! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. you really have a great series of shots every time I come here...I am running out of words to praise your shots..we have the same birds here,I just can't get it together.. I really admire how you get the shots and get them blogged and do the text...it is a lot of work, keep it up!

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  24. Lovely combination of captures, The skies are colorful and dramatic!

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  25. Wow, you have every shade imaginable in your skywatch shots. Great photography!

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  26. Always wonderful to see your wildlife shots but the glorious sky shots take center stage today!
    Love the watercolor-like reflection in the window.

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  27. Great set of shots - the red skies are splendid - and I like the reflection shot as well.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  28. Wonderful views of sky and birds.

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  29. Wonderful post Gary. The red sky are fabulous. These are sumptuous pictures but I have to admit that the black redwing and thst grackle are wonderful.

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  30. Oh my! We certainly don't get skies like that in M3H! :) Those colors are FANTASTIC!

    I love your birds too. I've got some song sparrows that sing a lovely song each morning to wake me up. I think there are worse alarm clocks. ;)

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  31. Well yeah of course you deserve that beautiful common room view. Somehow I never thought about you (both) living in an apartment. Is it a Senior Citizen only place? Is it really within walking distance of all the wonderful places you blog about? (Can we move there? ;>)!)

    Always love to hear about the 'red sky at morning....'...I've heard that all my life and always wonder if it's really true. Since you say so, now I believe it! Off now to view your wonderful sky and birds in slide-show format. Thanks as always for sharing.

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    1. Sallie, there is a colony of US citizens, retirees, at Red Lake near Manitoulan Island on Lake Huron, just west of me. Yes its a senior citizen only place, and yes its in walking distance of all these places. Its also a" Not For Profit" operation, and I'll bet that intrigues you. Boom & Gary.

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  32. Again, a very interesting series. The color changes in the sunrise photos are fantastic - the birds are beautiful - and that squirrel looking right at you is so cute!

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  33. Look at the red of the sky! Great birds too.

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  34. Wow, the red skies are gorgeous. And I always love your bird photos. Thanks for sharing, Happy Sunday!

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  35. Gary,
    Thank you for identifying the animal on my blog as a wild mink! I checked and it sure foes look like a mink. I changed the wording on my post and gave you credit for identifying it. :)

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  36. Wow, gorgeous skies.
    Another great post, love it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Mette

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  37. Amazing colors! That too the reflection on the window is lovely:)

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  38. Terrific captures as always. I love the cube little squirrel!

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  39. Gorgeous skies you've captured there, Gary.

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  40. The sky is stunning! Do you have beautiful skies like that every day? :D

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  41. Beautiful red skies- so gorgeous! All great shots!

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  42. Oh how nice, what kind of nature you have! nice photos!

    br. Seppo from Finland

    http://seppohinkula.kuvat.fi/blog/

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