Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Many Faces of the Vermilon River. A Post to MWT and WBW.

The River is the centre of the natural system. It feeds the flora, fauna and thus creates the circle of life. So in the circle, it is the basic force, but equally so it wears many faces. In the first scenes it appears bucolic and benigh.

CLICK THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE AND SEE THE SLIDE SHOW.
But it rages in its flood season, freezes in the widest areas in the winter and never really warms up, despite the summer warming temperatures. It is, in that sense, a typical northern river
The rapids now only hint at their power as the water level is low. I try to stay as close to the River and its wetlands as I can because that's where the wildlife is.
Close up of the white water.

The Cedar Waxwings are back and moving close to the water because that's where the berries will ripen first.
They're not only handsome but playful as well.
Close Up

Rear view.



All of the warblers are not here yet, as I have not seen the Oven Birds. I'm also hoping for some new sightings. The Magnolia Warblers shown in an  earlier post were new to me this year. The first series shown are Chestnut-sided Warblers.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

These shots feature Yellow Warblers. They've just arrived
Yellow Warbler.

I still haven't seen any female Redstarts.
Male Redstart.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

These are more shots of the Swainson's Thrush.
Rear View Swainson's Thrush.

Swainson's Thrush.

Alder or Least Flycatcher.

Red-winged Blackbird- Male.

Red-winged male showing his full epalettes.
This series show the female Red-winged Blackbird.

Black-capped Chickadee

Common Grackle.

Tree Swallow.

Male Goldfinch

I think that we see mostly photos of Hummingbirds that are taken at feeders. This has warped our perspective, as they're wild and feed in the forest also. Equally so we're not used to seeing them perching in trees.
This a Ruby-throated male. They tend to look somewhat different in this pose.

A post to MWT and WBW. Click on either.
Adult Osprey

Osprey.

Canada Goose with Goslings.

This is a Crab Apple tree that is growing in the forest. Someone probably threw it away and it has managed to root, and thrive.
Choke Cherry Blooms.

Wild Violet.

Wild Lilly of The Valley.

This is a mountain Ash tree It will also produce edible berries.
Pin Cherries.

Blue Berry Flowers.

Wild Strawberries.

Mourning Cloak

American Lady.

Unknown Skipper.

Red Squirrel

Another Shot of the Red Fox Without her Kits this time.

Snapping Turtle.

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59 comments:

  1. a great range of photos of flora and fauna.

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  2. Another wonderful outing, Gary! You do get to see some great birds on your walks. Loved the photos, thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a variety of wildlife you encounter! Your bird photos are amazing. I see your wildflowers are sprouting, too.

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  4. Thanks for taking me along this wonderful walk. What a variety of animals an birds. Lot of them are not common here. Love the Hummingbird!

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  5. Super beautiful nature pictures you show.
    Many of the birds and other animals do not live here, only in the Zoo, enjoy seeing images of nature.
    Can see that there is also growing lily of the valley over in Canada.
    Wishing you a good second Whit :)
    Hanne Bente

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  6. Amazing as always Gary. And you're right, I don't think I've ever seen a photo of a hummingbird before except at a feeder..certainly never sitting in a tree. Thanks for taking me on the hike!

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  7. Hi Gary

    A great post I loved all the photos of birds I felt like I was actually there. The butterflies were nice and I am very jealous of your fox pictures. I also enjoyed your comments about the hummer it is really neat to see them in the trees rather then just at feeders.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  8. I enjoy your hikes so much. Very beautiful country. I haven't seen the cedar waxwings lately here and I'm not sure why. I usually do spot them in my trees and have missed them so great seeing your shots of them.

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  9. Great variety, Gary!! beautiful!

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  10. I love your world. Gorgeous shots, as usual. I love the cedar waxwings!

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  11. What a wonderful walk you had, with so much wildlife to see. The cedar waxwing is indeed very handsome, and I love the bright red epaulette of the red-winged blackbird.

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  12. I´m impressed...your shots of all the different animals and birds are really amazing!!!

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  13. Lovely collection of photos, Gary! It's always interesting and fun to visit your blog. You have so much energy!

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  14. Another wonderful walk through your very beautiful world, Gary! I love your water shots and, of course, so many lovely, colorful birds, the squirrels and other critters! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  15. Love the raging water and the yellow birds. Have a great week!

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  16. I hope your weather is cooler there, Gary, than it is here!

    Wonderful photos. I always admire a photographer who capture warblers as well as you do!

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    1. They're so small in a, now, fully leafed forest. Think how small the hummer is.

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  17. I love rivers, but to see any real river I have to travel a couple of hours. Great shots!

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  18. Wow Gary those waxwings are stunning little birds. I always struggle taking photos of little birds. They are way too skittish for me.
    Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

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  19. our waxwings are gone for now. Great post. :)

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  20. Cedar Waxwings are one of my favourites. I've only seen a couple around here and that was a month or so ago. I did see some in Ottawa during a visit there in February. So many fine pictures here, but my absolute favourite is your beautiful little fox. (And in response to your comment, I checked on ferrets and their top weight seems to be about 4-5 pounds. So, I'm back to groundhog/woodchuck as my best guess.)

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  21. I love those beautiful catch. My favorite this week is The Cedar Waxwings, had never seen, are beautiful and great pictures.

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  22. Beautiful images, my fave is the Waxwings, superb.

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  23. It is pictures like yours, that bring the smell, taste and sound of home. Thank you. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  24. Wow, wonderful set of photos and they are so real beautiful when enlarged. Lucky you to have all these seen in your place.

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  25. beautiful birds and i particularly like the shot of the squirrel.

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  26. Beautiful scenic plce with such lovely birds.

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  27. So many fabulous shots - love the close-up of the birds and that spider's web.

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  28. What a beautiful series of flora and fauna and that beautiful river. I love your photo´s

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  29. Great set of pictures.

    If you Google "Drunk Waxwings New Scientist" you will find an article I think you may like.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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    1. If you're interested you should read this article. I've seen the Bohemian Waxwings when they're buzzed on fermented berries and they're a hoot.

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  30. You have taken us on another fantastic trip Gary! Love the red wing bb.

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  31. I love your bird photos, and the beautiful butterflies! Your post is always fantastic and such an amazing trip you had!

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  32. cute little feather balls and the squirrel is such a darling ! The little fox is also very cute !

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  33. The river is beautiful in all its different phases and seasons. All great photos of the birds and plants - but I especially likee the strawberry photo!

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    1. That's because you've tasted them in the wild.

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  34. What a superb set of photos. Fantastic birds you have.

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  35. A lovely place, and beautiful pictures :0) Thankyou for visiting me :0)

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  36. What a wonderful varied collection of flora and fauna, Gary! Thanks for staying close to the river, and passing the beauty on.

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  37. Back again from WBW (like you really need another comment ;>))...I couldn't get the slideshow to work then though (must have been me) because today it did and I'm glad I remembered to do that. Loved getting better looks at everything especially the cedar waxwings which I adore!!!

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    1. That's happened to me a couple of times.

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  38. wow, you have shared some really beautiful images!!

    i am partial to the hummers, as they are really one of my favorites!! it's rare for me to get a picture of them in a tree, i have only a handful. now our trees are so full with foilage, it's difficult for me to get any bird images in the trees!!

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  39. Your pic of the yellow warbler (front view) is beautiful. Can imagine that the crabapple blossoms were a pleasant surprize!Do you know Scriptor Xenex? He knows a lot about butterflies. His url: pensbyetal(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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  40. love the cedar waxwings....they are such a beautiful bird.

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  41. Fantastic photos! Love the osprey and the bright yellow goldfinch!

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  42. Those Cedar Waxwings are good looking and the fight shots of the Ospreys and the red-winged Blackbird are lovely.Have a great day.

    Shantana

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  43. What a beautiful place! Great captures of the birds too.

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  44. What a fabulous journey! Loved your photographs and identification of the birds and wildlife!

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  45. A great collection of photographs- you have such a wonderful place to bird watch!

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  46. A great walk with a great collection of birds and animals again Gary.

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  47. Beautiful images! So many types of birds!! I wish we'd see a cedar waxwing in our yard. They are so striking!

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  48. There's so much to see there!

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  49. Gary - what an amazing collection of pics - birds - flowers and butterflies - how wonderful is nature - world wide - thankyou for sharing - Jane UK

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    1. Many Thanks everybody for your kind visits. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

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  51. beautifulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll pictures and it is hard to pick which one is my fave :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters

    http://www.kidsnpet.com/2012/05/one-of-our-koi-fish/

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  52. Your photograph is superb and without your contributions to blogdom many of us would never have seen the things that you are able to provide for us to see.


    Thanks once again for being my tour guide and instructor.

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