Sunday, December 30, 2012

Red Skies In The Morning... At The Vermilon River.

 With the big snow storm over, the temperature dropped to the mid teens Celsius, but the winds were from the north reducing the temperature,with the wind chill adjustment, some mornings to the mid or late twenties Celsius. No conversion necessary, it's just damn cold Fahrenheit or Celsius when the wind hits in your face. Boom and I draw the line at -27C with the wind chill factored in. The skies were generally overcast with snow flurries.
The skies depicted here were taken the morning of the 30th, and true to the adage the day was overcast, although there was no snow. The morning temperature was -25 C with the wind chill in, so we got a pretty good walk.







I had mentioned dog sledding in the previous post, and lo and behold, there was an interview with a BBC, or German Over Seas Radio interviewer the next morning with a Laplander ( Finland) about his dogs. Laplanders call their dogs Alaskan Huskies, but they're the same as Boom.
Anyway, there were eleven in his team. He said the dogs reached up to forty kms. per hour, and their range was about 200 km per day, not at top speed of course. He too felt the snow mobile was an interloper,although he has of course two choices of mobility, dogs or reindeer. She, the interviewer, rode in the sled, and remarked on the pungent aroma of eleven dogs on a long run with no pit stops. I'd forgotten about that.

 CBC, public radio, in Canada links up with the BBC, or German Radio, or Radio Australia at night. I was pretty certain that the interviewer was not an Aussie from the accent, but a lot of Germans speak English with a Brit. accent, and the German network employs UK announcers. As an aside, one of the Germans that I worked years ago with could switch accents in English from American to an Ox-bridge accent mid sentence. Speaking more than one language is common in Europe and the use of multi languages is becoming more common here in addition to the basic English and French.
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The first two bird photos are Pine Grosbeaks. Opposite another shot of the red sky.

Click any photo to activate the slideshow.

A post to I'd- Rather- Be-Birdin' ,Our World Tuesday, and WBW.

Happy New Year from Boom & I.



Red Squirrel using his tail as a coat.

Redpoll

Male Pine Grosbeak.

Frosty  snow on seeds.

Blue jay in wind.

Another red sky shot.

Redpoll

Puffed Mourning Dove.

The blue tone did not bring any blue skies.

Two Redpolls

Redpoll

Frost on wild sunflower seeds.

Female Pine Grosbeak

Frost on sunflower pods.

Frost on tree branches.

Male and Female Pine Grosbeaks.

Mourning Doves.

Puffed Mourning Dove.

Male Pine Grosbeak

More frost on seed pods.

Puffed Blue Jay.

Redpoll

Redpoll

Close up

M and F Pine Grosbeak

Same.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

62 comments:

  1. Gary, cold is COLD, and the colder, VERY cold !!!.
    -27C, way too cold for me,You and Boomer are very brave, adventurous, and hardy to brave that. Lovely photos, always, Happy New Year to you both, for more photos in 2013, outings, daily news and views that I so enjoy. Take care in the rest of your winter, as the daylight hours lengthen, so do ours shorten, little by little. Greetings from Jean.

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  2. love your cute red squirrel.

    i think dog-sledding is not a sport for wimps. :)

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  3. Red sky at morning a sailors warning
    Red sky at night a sailors delight

    All the best for 2013 Gary. Look forward to lots more shots in the new year.

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  4. 200km is a long way.

    I wish I spoke more than one language.

    Have a very happy 2013.

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  5. Your first photograph Gary would look SO good in full size; very pretty. You're out walking in minus 25 C?! I can imagine a husky keen on that but gosh you must have some good insulation happening! Admire your get up and go. Wonderful photographs… best wishes to you and Boomer for 2013

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  6. Gary, I enjoyed your wonderful birds and chilling weather report. I'll skip dog sledding adventure, thanks :>)

    You and Boomer have a Healthy and Happy New Year.

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  7. I am not sure how you manage to take photos in such cold weather. I should never again complain when I am trying to photograph birds in my garden. I would absolutely shrivel up in such cold temperatures. I think winter skies are some of the most dramatic. Happy New Year and stay warm!

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  8. Love see the cold weather shots! The sky shot is great.

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  9. Great shots Gary! Wishing you and Boomer all the best in 2013!

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  10. Merry and Happy New Year ...!
    Eko
    Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

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  11. Thank you foot all the fine photography experiences you have shared with us this year.

    Wish you a happy new year.

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  12. Beautiful Gary!!! I always appreciate your quality of blogging and your photo captures. I especially liked the Blue Jay 'blowing in the wind' today.

    Thanks for lending and sharing your link this week at the Bird D'Pot!! And, have a happy New Year!

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  13. gary, You take so many great shots. All the best to you and Boomer in 2013. By the way, most Europeans speak more than one language, it's generally us Brits who are too lazy to learn French, Spanish or German.

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  14. Brrr that's certainly cold. Happy new year.

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  15. Brrrr that's certainly cold. Have a happy new year.

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  16. I love the red sky. We had a similar sky here this morning. I always enjoy your wildlife shots so much. Happy New Year.

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  17. Exquisite photos, you have a fun New Year's Eve.
    I wish you a 2013 full of dreams and hopes fulfilled.

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  18. Hope you and Boomer have a brilliant 2013. From Findlay

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  19. Wonderful captures as always and such a host of feathered friends!! Happy New Year to all you, Boomer and all the creatures in your world, Gary!

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  20. Have an excellent new year in 2013 Gary.

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  21. Wow! You always have the most amazing shots of beautiful birds and nature ~ Wonderful!

    Happy New Year to you ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

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  22. Health and wealth this coming year. A grace-laden new year to you and yours.

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  23. Enjoyed this extensive collection of photos! Especially loved the ruffled feathers of the blue jay in the wind!

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  24. love that shot of the red sky, and the Grosbeaks are so pretty. You have it so cold there... Hope you and Boomer have a Happy New Years.

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  25. I can always expect to see great birds on your post, Gary! A real treat to see. Love your photos! Happy New Year!

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  26. Another beautiful and interesting series of photos! Very interesting description of the overseas news programs you hear in Canada. Our ABC (Australian) news network switches to a similar mix of overseas stations at night time. Best wishes for the new year!

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  27. Your sky shots are beautiful, but your images of the birds are absolutely awesome. Your photos are as fine s the ones in my Sibley's book. You are a wonderful bird photographer. A wonderful post to bring in the new year. Here's wishing you good health and much happiness in 2013. Happy New Year. genie

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  28. Let's hope it warms up a little for you soon. Happy New Year

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  29. Great shots! Loved all the "puffed-up" photos!--I could almost feel the cold! :) Happy New Year

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  30. Splendid!

    Happy New Year, full of joy, health and God’s Blessings!
    BShell

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  31. Great set of pictures - we do have dog sledges in Australia - but you need to be able to fit wheels as well as runners - our snow is a little less predictable than yours!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  32. Now that is what I call cold with lovely sky photos and birds in the very fresh air.

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  33. Another grand set of photos - happy new year

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  34. love the bird pictures. Why does the dog have a muzzle
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Janice

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  35. A great series of captures!
    Happy New Year!

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  36. Marvelous captures as always!!

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  37. Great photos, I love winter and snow. But I'm happy that we don't get that cold very often where I live - it was -15 C when I went for a walk a few days ago and I thought that was too much!

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  38. Happy New Year ! Beautiful bird pictures as usual, and my favorite little squirrel !

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  39. Beautiful captures!
    Happy 2013!

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  40. What a great slideshow! Stay warm! :-D

    ~Lindy

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  41. Lovely lovely slides! I never thought about the aroma of a dogsled team...logical when you come to think of it. Boom is so beautiful and so lucky to be where he is....and you are lucky to have him.

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  42. Lovely Winter pictures and birds! /Pia

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  43. I love seeing all your bird photos, Gary. I bet it's very cold where you live. All the best in 2013!

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  44. I can never get past your squirrel shots - so cute! The Redpoll is very sweet also.

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  45. Happy New Year to you ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  46. Enjoyed your photos! I especially love the red squirrel with his tail coat; reminds me of my picture book as a kid. We don't have them in my (boiling) part of the world, except in zoos which is very seldom. Happy new year!

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  47. Beautiful series it was close to 100 deg in the shade the other day here.

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  48. Ah, the good old BBC! It may come from a small damp island somewhere, but they do some good stuff!

    Cheers and thinks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  49. Nice shares Gary and those Redpolls are always so pretty. Happy new year~

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  50. Brrr! Seems cold at your place
    Lovely captures of the birds and squirrel!
    And the skies are gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing, Gary.
    Wishing you the most wonderful 2013!

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  51. Com o frio, os passarinhos ficam ainda mais coloridos!
    lindas fotos!
    abraço
    Zizi

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  52. Gorgeous photos! I'm like you about the dog sleds...I prefer sailing to motoring on water, too. The noise of a snowmobile just disturbs the serenity of the wild areas. But, I know some people really need them.

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  53. hate motorized boats on small lakes; hate the smell of gas of snowmobiles dirtying the air.
    such wonderful images! I cannot remember ever seeing a bluejay in the winter. lots of cardinals though

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  54. I forgot to say how cold the mourning dove looked, just like me!

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  55. Another delightful series of captures Gary, and I must say Boomer is a very handsome fellow - you must be happy to enjoy his company on your outings. Thanks for sharing again and for dropping by my blog.

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