Thursday, March 15, 2012

Red Skies of The Vermilon River. A Post to SWF.

The temperature has changed by enlarge (we may still get some storms), and during the day is about 10C or the late 40's F. We've had rain but also some sun so Boom & I headed to the River. I caught these skies as the sun rose and I was amazed at how red they became. The photos are reduced in size, so click on a photo to enlarge, and view the slide show.

Despite the old adage, we got some intermittent sunshine to help dry out the snow pack,although the going is pretty soggy, and a lot of snow remains.


It's still cloudy in this photo looking to the NW. But you can see the streaks of sun starting to show. You can also see the water puddles on the ice, which mean the end of the ice. 

This photo looks a little further east.

 At long last the blue sky shows through. You can see the train in this photo. We're on the northern route which delivers goods east and west for the US and Canadian markets. That train is loaded with containers.
Looking south, you can see the open water. The amount of open water will increase everyday, and the River will suddenly flood as the same happens on its feeders.

The breaking sky through the rock islands in the River.

Blue Jay.

Female Redpoll

 Male Pine Grosbeak

Mourning Dove.

Red Squirrel

This Female Pine Grosbeak was just enjoying the sun and was quite content to have her photo taken.

Close Up

If you look at her eyes in some of the photos you'll see that they're almost closed.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Red Squirrel

Female Redpoll.

Red Squirrel

Male Pine Grosbeak

Male Pine Grosbeak.

I heard the honking, but the upper River is not clear enough yet for these yearlings to take up residence. But, they are the first of the spring arrivals. As sad as I am to lose the Redpolls and Grosbeaks whose numbers are diminishing everyday, I'm glad to see the Canada Geese, the first spring arrivals. Next will be the Robins. A Post to SWF @ http://skyley.blogspot.com/ , Camera Critters @ http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/ and Scenic Sunday @ http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. Gorgeous sky shots!

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  2. just love your squirrels! :)

    your sky shots are beautiful. farewell to the grosbeaks and redpolls!

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  3. I like the color of the sky. All pictures are so beautiful.
    gr. marijke

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  4. What a gorgeous slide show! And you even captured a colorful train passing through.
    I'll be sad to see our Juncos leave...probably soon because its been warm here too.

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  5. Those are spectacular sky shots. The color is just gorgeous. Love seeing my little squirrel buddies. We usually only see the grey squirrel here so this is a treat. The birds are all adorable. Great shots and thanks for sharing.

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  6. Glorious way to begin a day, Gary! Gorgeous colors and terrific captures for the day! Of course, I too, love the squirrels and all of your birds are beautiful! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  7. Great colours of the sky!
    Happy Friday to you!

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  8. Does the melting of the ice mean Spring is near for you? That sky is fantastic, if that is your sunrise, your sunsets must be breathtaking!

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  9. Roughly yes, although we could still get some spring snow storms.

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  10. from expansiveness to oh so near...these are exquisite Gary!

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  11. Very nice photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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  12. Very beautiful shots,Gary!Have a nice weekend!

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  13. Beautiful skies and I'm glad some of the warmth we've been experiencing has reached you!

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  14. beautiful photos esp when enlarged... love the sky images most! have a wonderful day.

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  15. Wonderful, Gary. I always love your squirrels, but the sunbathing pine grosbeak is my favourite today, with her eyes half-closed, grooving on the warmth of the sun.
    K

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  16. The red skies are brilliant. Also like your snow-scapes and wildlife. The bird in flight at the end is one of my favorites.

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  17. Wonderfully rich colours in these shots Gary. Doubtless you're happy to see the last of the snow. We've just begun Autumn here in Australia and I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures! Love that little squirrel. Happy weekend and thanks for sharing your part of the world.

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  18. Oh my gush these photos are so awesome!

    SWF

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  19. Great photos! I especially like the pine grosbeak photos - I have not seen those before and the color is beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment.

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  20. Gorgeous colors and skies. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful photos.

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  21. Beautiful shots! I'm sure you're glad you are finally starting to thaw out.

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  22. Beautiful view of the sky and lovely birds.

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  23. Your sky shots are gorgeous Gary!

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  24. Amazing shots of your critters. And wow - those skies are stunning!

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  25. AMAZING photos of the birds--excellent captures. What a great spot you live in! Surrounded by beauty!! Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

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  26. Beautiful scenes in your world! Adore the colours of the little grosbeak!

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  27. What a beautiful red sky and I love your photo's of the different birds and squirrel.

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  28. I'm amazed!! By the beautiful red sky, the birds, the squirrel and all thegreat photos!
    Thank you so much for sharing these photos!
    I will remember your blog, I would really like to se more of Canda's beautiful nature:)
    Pia

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  29. Kauniita kuvia - talvi-maisemat ja linnut.
    Orava...
    Hienoa kuvausta.
    Terveisin Eko
    Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

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    1. I can't seem to get Google to translate but I'll keep trying!!

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  30. The male Pine Grosbeak and your sky colours are one of the same, GORGEOUS Gary!

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  31. You still have a lot of snow there, but it is starting the melt. I love the close ups of the birds - I love seeing the textures of their feathers!!

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  32. it was probably 2 years since I saw a red sky like that.

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  33. Fine SWF images!
    «Louis» also appreciates your fine images of the birds and other wildlife.

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  34. "Hot Tamales!" Love the blazing sky and yes, I see the train... Great!

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  35. Beautiful skies ! but as always I love your squirrel pictures ! I wished we had more squirrels here. They are rather seldom in my area, maybe due to the cats.

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  36. Very nice post - those first red skies are great

    Stewart M

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  37. Fotos muito bonitas.
    Estou encantada com a plumagem do Pine Grosbeak.

    º°❤ Bom fim de semana!
    °º✿ Beijinhos.
    º° ✿ ✿⊱╮ Brasil

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  38. Every picture wonderful as always but I was surprised at how even much more incredible the seventh picture, the one that says 'breaking light through the rock islands" is when viewed in the slide show. I'm happy for you that spring is coming.

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  39. Beautiful post and series of photos... and I love those red skies!!

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  40. Beautiful shots, as usual, Gary!

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  41. So beautiful Gary!
    I really love them all...
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna

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    1. Thanks everyonr for your visits and kind comments!! Boom & Gary

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  42. Hi Gary

    The orange pink shots of the sky are just wonderfully captured and the critters lovely as usual. But I am really drawn to your landscape in this post and the train really strikes a chord. It is like you perfectly captured such an important part of the history of the shield country of northern Ontario with this shot.

    Regards Guy

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  43. Gorgeous sky watch images! The Blue Jay is so beautiful, never seen like it before!

    Wish you a great week!

    Irene

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  44. Beautiful pictures, I love those red skies. Greetings.

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  45. Woow, what great shots you've got here. The sky, birds and squirrel - love it. You've really close to the wild life in the winter photos to :0) Have a nice evening, and thank you so much for visiting my blogg :0) Thankyou for sharing SWF :0)

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