Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Trails of The Vermilon River

 The weather was warm and cold, but wet pretty well all the time, whether it was rain or snow. So hiking was restricted to dry days without much sun. One of those hikes was to the rapids to see the the white water at its high level.
The new trails refers to the opposite photo and here's the story. I seldom take Boom on the west side of the River, because of other dogs who are allowed to run free. Boom, although big is well mannered, but I never want him in any questionable position. So we have restricted our travel to the east side of the River. It's all the same forest anyway. Once summer passes, and he has resurrected himself, he would start to normally accompany me. We would use the forest stretch right behind us to enter the trails, but Boom and I are aging. I could not manage the rock shelf that we normally use to climb the ridge behind us without his pulling me over it, and I did not want to do this as he's older now; in fact, he'll be ten in December. But fortunately we found a more manageable trail. So yesterday we started slowly into our hikes to ease him into the exercise. In the first photo we're on top of the ridge looking at the ridge on the far side of the River.

THIS POST IS FILLED WITH PHOTOS,SO CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND WATCH THE SLIDE SHOW.

See the bubbles in the water opposite.

A post to Sky Watch Friday,and Camera Critters.





Chickadee in flight.

Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Drenched Blue Jay.

Dry Blue Jay.

Female Wood Duck

Waiting for the sun.

Swollen Rapids.

Upper River.

Robin hiding.

Red Squirrel

Swamp Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow.

White-throated Sparrow hiding in a black spruce tree.

White-throated Sparrow.

Chickadee in flight.

Dark-eyed Junco.


Same drenched Blue Jay.

Quick take off.

Immature White-crown. all puffed up.

Downy Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Nuthatch.

White water.

Close up Red Squirrel

Swamp Sparrow.

White-throated Sparrow.

Chickadee at lunch.

Immature white-crown

Back of male Downy Woodpecker.

 Swollen Upper River 

White Throat.

Agile Chickadee.

Squirrel

Close up Swamp Sparrow.

Squirrel


Side view Swamp Sparrow.

Huegy and family

Huegy, Northern Crow.


Male Downy

Current in River.

White water.

Rose-breasted Nuthatch.

Chickadee.

33 comments:

  1. Great shots Gary! Love the water and of course those cute squirrels!

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  2. the junco and swamp sparrow are my favorites. and of course your little squirrels. :)

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  3. I do like the Blue-Jay, super shot.Do you take any of Boomer? He looks like a great companion,no chit-chat to disturb, no questions about why?where?when? I always like your stories, and each photo tells the tale along the way. Cheers from Jean.

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  4. Great pictures and quite a variety. That drenched blue jay is a great picture.

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  5. I know this is skywatch but the swollen rapids caught my attention. I could almost hear it roar.

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  6. Great post, a lot of details in your lovely photos!

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  7. Love your birds and squirrels and the wild river shots are terrific!! Have a great weekend, Gary!!

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  8. Gary, wonderful you have embraced the outdoor lifestyle. Beautiful photos.
    It is sad that our dogs age.... ours is 12 now.

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  9. Oh that first picture of the swamp sparrow got my eye Gary... I love it! You really are living in a beautiful area that I would love to visit one day...

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  10. You really live in a rich place. I can´t get that much birds in a month no matter how hard I try.

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  11. Yes, I love Immature White-crown. all puffed up.
    Saludos.

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  12. Wonderful! I always enjoy visits to your blog. Your images are terrific.

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  13. Love the first water picture much. And yes, of course, the squirrel. Please have a good Friday.

    daily athens photo

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  14. What a great hiking companion you have in Boomer.
    This is a beautiful slide show with many wonderful birds. Your captures of the whitewater are wonderful.

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  15. Besides your usual lovely captures, the water texture shots are too good, that too with the one with bubbles is fantastic!

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  16. What a wildlife-rich area you live in. Great shots, Gary!

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  17. I love the shot of the swollen rapids as well as the birds and squirrels and all the shots for that matter.

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  18. What a beautiful hike with so much wildlife. My little dog could never pull me anywhere!

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  19. Beautiful!
    Wonderful!
    Have great day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  20. I enjoyed these photos from your new trail. Lovely shots. My Oscar will be 10 soon too!

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  21. I love the poses made by the squirrel.

    My Skywatch
    Have a great weekend!

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  22. Wonderful pics. Happy sky watching.

    Skywatch

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  23. Great series, Gary! I love all the birds, especially the cute nuthatch. The swollen rapid shot is one of my faborites. Have a great weekend and happy skywatching!

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  24. The drenched Blue Jay and Red Squirrel gave me a giggle and all of the rest made me smile~

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  25. Wonderful shots... you have had the great patiece to have gotten these shots

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  26. Hi Gary

    I am glad you found a good trail for Boomer it looks like a beautiful spot, you photos of the river were stunning. I thought many of the photos were exceptional the light was perfectly captured and the Drenched Blue Jay and the Quick Take Off were really great.

    All the best to both of you.

    Guy

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  27. Gorgeous critters in your part of the world! Just beautiful photography!

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  28. All of your photos are so great! How I wish I could bring my dogs there out on the river and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  29. Lovely -- I wondered how the weather was affecting Boomer's hikes....The drenched blue jay is so cute....and I am always glad to see Huegy. ... I haven't looked at the slide show yet, but I'm going now as soon as I send this. Your pictures are always so fun to see both ways.

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  30. My daughter likes the squirrels! As do I!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  31. Wonderful photos! And what an array of birds! I'd love to have such a variety of birds living in my area. Is that Boomer's photo at the top of your blog?

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  32. Lovely shots. Really like the Downy Woodpecker. Red squirrels are cute too.

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