Thursday, May 17, 2012

A New Beaver Pond Of The Vermilon River. A Post to SWF

 This hike is a departure in that I am much further afield. I made arrangements with a young lady to drop me off up the Vermilon to the north west. I hike the area;start on my way back; and she picks me up at an appointed time somewhere on the way back. I've hiked this area before my accident, but not since ,so this is exciting stuff. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR THE SLIDE SHOW AND TO ENLARGE.
 This is a  beaver pond that runs parallel to the River and is quite extensive. Opposite is at least one of the lodges, there are probably others. The trails are mining and maintenance roads, as well as snow mobile trails. As a result I can't always get into areas where I want to go.
The scenes are shot in the mid pond area looking north and south.
Mid pond showing rock face.

Looking north.

Still north.

 What would a beaver pond be without a  beaver?
 In the first photo you may have noticed the yellow flowers. They're Marsh Marigolds in all their yellow splendor. They're growing in the over flow of the beaver dam.
 A closer look.
Close up

Closer up

Just showing the size of the marigold clump.

Pin Cherries.

 These are Barren Strawberries. If the flowers were white, they would be wild strawberries. I know where some of those are and they're delicious.
Barren Strawberries.

 These are Fly Honeysuckle and were growing along a short trail in the mid portion of the beaver pond.
Honey Suckle

 The photo opportunities are good but the shooting environment is hard,as the leaves are filling in on the trees. As well the trails don't necessarily run into areas where you want to go, but its a wilderness forest after all. I was really lucky to capture these Magnolia Warblers. They're new to me.
Back View

Front View- He's a Beauty.

 I put these yellow-rumped Warblers in the post to show the similarity to the Magnolia Warblers.
Yellow-rumped Waebler.


 Then I was lucky enough to catch these Chestnut-sided Warblers.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

 These shots are of  Nashville Warblers.
Nashville Warblers.

I also caught this male Hairy Woodpecker.
Male Hairy Woodpecker.

 The Butterflies were out. I'm not sure of this one, but he's a Skipper, possibly a Dun Skipper. I'm going to continue to try to hike this area once a week over the summer period. A post to SWF ,Camera Critters, and Scenic Sunday Just a note, the day was bright and sunny, so all the wildlife including the butterflies, but excluding the Nashville Warblers were taken with the 150-500mm lens. The 70-300mm would not have had the reach. The scenery was taken with the Nikon 18-55mm.
Red Admiral

Eastern Pine Elfin.

66 comments:

  1. Great post, gary, love the spring blooms and birds and the beaver is beautiful..I think of you every time we go down 144 and cross the Vermilon river bridge, a pleasure to see your posts..

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  2. nice series. I like the Warblers, since we don't have them.

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  3. Hi Gary

    A great post. I like the beaver even though they have eaten way too many trees at our cabin. I really enjoyed the photos of the Marsh Marigolds they are such a lovely colour. I am considering a 150-500mm Sigma myself as so many of the ducks at the cabin were out of reach with my 55-250mm zoom.

    Thanks for this.
    Guy

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  4. nice that you had a driver available! really beautiful shots. the beaver is too cute!

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  5. A terrific series Gary! Love the beaver!

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  6. Wonderful series of photos. Love the beaver and the flowers and birds. Good stuff!

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  7. beautiful collection of nature study photos, thanks for taking us all on your walks where there is so much to see and appreciate

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  8. it is always so lovely to see trees in full leaf - but they do severely limit the birdwatching!

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  9. Terrific series as always, Gary! Love that beaver and what beautiful birds and butterflies and flowers! So much beauty and some lovely skies as well! Enjoy your weekend! Give Boomer a pat from Sam Schnauzer and me!

    Sylvia

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  10. Fabulous group of photos! I especially like the Warblers.

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  11. Lots of lovely flora and fauna in this series Gary!
    Great captures of the birds as usual and I'm envious over the butterfly captures.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. What a find! All that industry going on whether we see it or not. Loved the warbler family tree. I've seen one clump of marsh marigolds where I walk too--that bright yellow all of a sudden!
    Happy weekend to you and Boomer.

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    1. You're right all of a sudden incredible clumps of yellow!!

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  13. Exciting stuff indeed! -- I'm glad you have a shuttle person and will be able to make this gorgeous hike during the summer. You are a great birder -- I would never notice the difference between those two warblers on my own. Never! Thanks so much for sharing. I'd love to see either of those warblers!)

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  14. Thank you, so i learned something new to day. The birds you show are sometinmes new to me.
    Best whishws
    Mormor Norway

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2012/05/17/himmelsk-85/

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  15. such a wonderful strand of images~

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  16. Great post!
    I do have a beaverpond close to where I live...
    Have a nice evening!

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    1. Actually that's an aspen branch and represents lunch. He'll eat the bark and the next layer of tissue.

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  18. You have such a beautiful area to walk in and what a great idea to have someone drop you and pick you up. I love the reflections you caught in the water and such beautiful flowers spotted as well as the wonderful wildlife shots.

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  19. A wonderful post Gary and it's lovely to hear you have a friend to help you go that little bit further.
    I usually have to do circular walks which end up back at the starting point but I do take up the opportunity when available to start and finish in a different place.
    Take care.

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  20. You live in such a beautiful area, full of life in Spring! Lovely flowers, long time ago I saw honey suckle! Love the colors and print of the chestnut sided warbler's feathers!

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  21. nice beaver shot. and those little black and yellow birds are fab.
    Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

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  22. A long scroll of great photos!

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  23. beautiful series of photos Gary.

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  24. Love the beavers,they must be busy damming up the pond.

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  25. love the beavers,they must be real busy damming up the ponds.
    My SWF

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  26. It's finally spring! Wonderful wildflowers, wildlife - and yes, butterflies!

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  27. Beautiful flowers and birds.

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  28. Gorgeous! I hadn't thought that there was such a thing as opposite climates, but I think that you and I may live in absolutely opposite climates :)

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  29. Wonderful photos. Beautiful flowers with delicious colors, I love the delicate light they give off, spring finest in this beautiful river. Greetings.

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  30. So interesting to see the Beaver's pond Garry as we don't have them in my corner of the world ... delightful captures of those marsh marigolds in a deep rich golden yellow .. beautiful!

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  31. Another great hike. The scenery, beaver and the birds are all wonderful sight to see. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

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  32. Wonderful post Gary! Superb captures all!!

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  33. A fantastic post!
    Beautiful nature with cute little birds and flowers in bloom now.
    Thanks for sharing

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  34. Thanks for taking me along on this wonderful nature walk, Gary. Quite the beaver shot!

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  35. It's surely a wonderful hike. Lots of great things around to see. Love it :)

    Thanks for dropping by.

    www.womenandperspectives.com

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  36. Lovely flowers and I absolutely love that woodpecker, being an amateur birder myself..thanks for the virtual tour and for dropping over at backpacker..I am doing much better, thanks

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  37. This looks like a marvelous hike! Your pictures of the birds and flowers are marvelous. It sounds as if you were truly in the wilderness on this hike. Thanks for taking us along.

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  38. Another great post filled with lovely scenery, beautiful skies, wonderful creatures and stunning birds!

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  39. Wow, absolutely gorgeous!

    Please come and see the Sky View at a football field. Have a great weekend!

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  40. I love your photos! I learn so much as we have different flowers here in the city.

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  41. lovely collection of birds and butterflies. :)

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  42. The wildflowers are beautiful. I'm in love with the buttercup family!

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  43. Fantastic presentation as always.

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  44. beautiful views and pictures of the natures and the animals
    :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters

    http://www.kidsnpet.com/2012/05/barney-our-black-cat/

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  45. Love that beaver,and the magnolia warbler is such a spectacular sight too!

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  46. Love the beaver and the birds! Thanks for sharing them.

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  47. Wow! Absolutely fantastic photographs! What a great post.

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  48. I love your camera critters, Gary, especially the beaver, but your warblers are wonderful.
    K

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  49. Fantastic shots, Gary! That Magnolia Warbler is beautiful. Loved the shots of the wildflowers too.

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  50. Thoroughly enjoyed my nature walk with you. All lovely photos, thanks so much.

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  51. The beaver is too cute! :)

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  52. Great shots of wildlife and landscape. I liked seeing the elusive and industrious beaver.

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  53. Beautiful pictures, I am really struck by the Marsh Marigold and the Honeysuckle.

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  54. Quite the hike and so many beautiful distractions. Thanks Gary!

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  55. Very nice set of pictures - how long a hike was this? I ask because you always get some many shots.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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    1. The hike would be no longer then say 2 miles. The real point is the forest is a wilderness forest, and I live in it, so its merely a matter of which direction I'm going, and what trails are available. The subjects are there. I just don't know what will be where. On the other hand if I stay near the river all the needs for wildlife survival are there.

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  56. A beautiful capture. LOve the differ in grey brown tones of the Warblers. Have a great week!

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  57. Lovely photos, and I really enjoyed the Spring flowers. Please feel free to join up to Floral Friday Fotos that I host, if you are posting up flower pics.

    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

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  58. Spring has definitely arrived. Everything looks so lush!

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  59. Amazing finds. Looks like it is warming up!!

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  60. Hi Gary - thanks for the comment - the plumbing was typically English as well! The term hot water took on a different meaning in that house - anything above room temp was considered hot!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  61. Soo beautiful, looks like spring is on his way at your place to ;0) Lovely photos...it must be a beautiful scenery you live in :0)

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  62. as if im also there to watch every movement....great work.

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