Thursday, August 9, 2012

More Favourites Of The Vermilon River. A Post to SWF.

 This was a strange week with thunderstorms, and a holiday weekend in Ontario. As well, the town celebrated with a festival which I stay well clear of. So the hiking was shortened in length, and duration, but was still productive. The mornings were cold turning the east track wetland into a witch's cauldron as the mist/fog burned off. The intial scenes are of the cauldron.

Witch's Cauldron
 If you look at the first photo closely you can see a second cauldron just faintly on the right side.

 Opposite is the second cauldron wreathed in shadow,and mist.
 I was playing in the archives which is quite large with unpublished photos when I ran across this winter rapids scene, which I like and decided to include it for a change of pace, or perhaps just a faint touch of magic from the witch's cauldron.

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The moon was bright all morning.


A post to Skywatch Friday, and Camera Critters
Web coated in dew (See the light prisms)

 Sandy Carlson (WA) wondered where the waxwings were in the last post, so to make up for the absence here's a double dose. All the first are Cedar Waxwings.



All the rest are Bohemian Waxwings, which I took in the spring and never published. The only difference is the more ornate wing bars, and the under tail which is red/rust in the bohemian. This group of Bohemians  was finishing off some berries left from last year, and probably fermented by the time they got to them. The liver of waxwings has an incredible tolerance to high alcohol levels which would be toxic to a human.




 This whole series is of a Red-eyed Vireo.


Signing Vireo

Canada Geese.

Black Duck in flight.

Eastern Kingbird.

Sparrow.

White-throated Sparrow.

Same.

Same.

Immature White-throat,or Song Sparrow?

Male Common Yellow Throat Warbler.

Male Redstart.

Solitary Sandpiper.

Same.

Harrier in flight.

Osprey in Flight.

 Now that the Fireweed, Dogbane and some other forest wild flowers are dying off the Hummingbirds are returning to the feeders. This is a female Ruby throat.
Same

Same

Same.

Common Buckeye.

Monarch on Devil's Paintbrush.

Beaver

Close up

Wild Chicory

Chipmunk foraging

Chipmunk.

60 comments:

  1. wonderful photos , some incredible scenes at the beginning.

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  2. I am so enchanted by your pictures. Really awesome.

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  3. What a fantastic post, with so many different critters and things to see..I love the hummingbird photos.

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  4. Love the photos! Not sure which one is my fav, I like them all. :)

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  5. Hi Gary

    The shot of the ice gave me a start until I read your comments. I enjoyed the Red Eyed Vireo I have seen a number of them at the farm especially this summer. I knew the Bohemian Wxwings ate a lot of fermented berries but I did not realize their livers had adapted, that was great information.

    Hi to Boomer.
    Guy

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  6. LOVE the waxwings (so, thanks, sandy!) and love your chippies! :)

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  7. All so cute! I think the hummer and chipmunk shots are my favorite.

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  8. I love the fogy misty shots you start with. What a wonderful web you captured and I always enjoy your bird shots. I recently saw a couple of waxwings but it's usually in autumn here when I spot flocks of them in the trees after the leaves drop.

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  9. Wonderful shots - just amazing. Love the sun in the mist!

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  10. Your world is like a wonderland! The chipmunk is so cute. Love your post.

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  11. I, too, love the foggy mist and the terrific web! The birds are delightful and, of course, I love the chippie! Beautiful butterfly, too! In other words, Gary, your photos are superb as always! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Thanks for posting pics of the waxwings! Love the hummingbirds, too. After the heat of this week, the iciness of the creek looks refreshing. Enjoy your weekend, Gary!

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  13. Marvelous pictures of the 'cauldrons' and the spider's web, and as always, thank you for the wonderful bird pictures.

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  14. Love the spider web,interesting,the hummingbirds need to be fed?

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  15. Brilliant photos of the R.T hummingbird and Cedar Waxwings! Thanks for sharing!:)

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  16. gret post. Love the misty shots in the beginning. :)

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  17. I also love the waxwings and very nice to see the Bohemian Waxwings. Wonderful post and photos.

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  18. Beautiful series! Love the kingfisher and the little chipmunk :)

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  19. In awe as always! The spider web -- only you could make it work of art! Loved everything -- and I too am a huge fan of waxwings which I hardly ever see in real any more...thank you.

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  20. Another good collection. Good to see Cedar Waxwings!

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  21. I love all the birds you post each week, we get the wax wings here but I have not seen the bohemian. We have a beaver dam nearby but it is so hard to get a picture of them....how do you get these amazing pictures!!

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  22. Loved all the pictures! The wild chicory flowers are so pretty! You live in a beautiful place!

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  23. I am always amazed at the variety you present. :)
    Have a great weekend.

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  24. You always have such an incredible collection of photos, and no exception here! My favorite is the swimming beaver!

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  25. You show the most amazing photo's. Most of these birds I have never seen, we don.t have so many different birds I believe. Have a nice weekend

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  26. Thank you, once more you have given me the pleasure to se the birds and the nature of the Vermilon river.
    I've enjoyed it.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Mormor

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  27. The first two pictures are stunning and I love wildlife so the entire post is a feast to the eyes.

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  28. Hey Boom & Gary.
    Beautiful picture series you run.
    Always interesting to see what you have photographed / uploaded.
    Thank you for another wonderful trip.
    Wishing you a good weekend.
    Ps. Have just been on a kayak trip on Lake Hald - got a shot of a shy kingfisher and heron - but not the best shot.
    Hanne Bente

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  29. Always enjoying your various shots; all the critters and skies...

    Thanks for the visit :)

    www.womenandperspectives.com

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  30. Great photos, as always!
    I love ground mist - we used to get it in Maine a lot, but we never have it out here and I miss its mysterious beauty. Wonderful photos of the moon and the lovely spider's web! And I always enjoy seeing your critter photos! I love Cedar Waxwings, such beautiful birds. And I miss my hummingbirds since moving to town (they're down here, but not nearly as plentifully). The Canada Geese are another of my favorite birds, but I figured up there you just called them Geese! ;-)

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  31. You are a great photographer Gary! The first photos are formidable! Especially the winter rapids scene and the cobweb! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Beautiful images. Happy sky watching.

    Rain

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  33. I love those misty scenes and the rapids, and the spiderweb is awesome. Great series!

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  34. interesting photos. i particularly love the shots of the moon and chipmunk.

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  35. Yes, very nice pictures, excellent framing and beautiful colors, I like that bright sky, I would definitely like to visit this beautiful place. Greetings.

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  36. nice clicks :
    can't tell which one best ...all are awesome

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  37. Beautiful shots of the "Witch's Cauldron." Also, your bird shots are all exquisite. I especially like the photos of the hummingbirds. The chipmunk is certainly cute, too!

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  38. Wow, you saw so many beautiful things on your trip! The water pics are stunning! my sense is you must lay-in-wait for some time for your bird images! And even a beaver:)

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  39. Do we have CedarWaxwings in SoCal? Hope so. We have Anna's Hummingbirds. I've never seen a Beaver before, just TV. Great closeup!

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  40. Wow! It is very interesting of Waxwings. The color of waxwings would change in spring and in autumn. I could see clearly.

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    1. The waxwings don't change. There are two types: Cedar and Bohemian, both of which are depicted here. Boom & Gary.

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  41. What a beautiful moon ! and of course the cute chipmonks !

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  42. What an impressive collection once again Gary! I love very much the cedar waxwings collection and the winter scenery from your archive. Beautiful. I've seen a lot of hummingbird in Panama, and realise how hard it was to get pictures of them, even around feeders :-)

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  43. I've only seen one chipmunk up at the cabin. They are such fun critters to watch. Wish we had more. - Margy

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  44. What a wonderful selection today! My personal favorite is the chicory - I love that wildflower! And, of course, the beaver! That was a wonderful treat! But then, I love the birds, and the views...well, I guess I pretty much loved all these photos! You always give us so much to soak up! Thanks!

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  45. Beautiful [I know what you mean about becoming 'absent' during festivals]....your images are always such a pleasure, and your posts are always filled with treasures of nature. Love the waxwings!!!

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  46. Thanks everyone for your visits and kind words.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  47. Love the pictures of the rapids. And I am kind of amazed that the waxwings are in your part of the world also. I heard that they love fermented rowan berries so one can find them a little tipsy in the winter. Love the hummingbirds, wish I could see them in real life. Many greetings from Sweden and I wish you a great week.

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  48. Gorgeous images again Gary! I love the Waxwings and the butterfly is delightful! Another wonderful post.

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  49. Beautiful pictures, the waxwings especially. Also a real treat to see the beaver and ending with the chippy, perfect. Great series, thanks for taking us along.

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  50. Hi there - great sky shots - and as ever I cant really understand how you manage to get some many species on your hikes!

    Cheers - Stewart M

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