Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Magic of Equinox at The Vermilon River.

 You're going to find it strange that Boomer and I find Equinox, Winter Solstice or the 21st of December more interesting than the rest of Christmas week, which we also like. The answer is obvious: it is Boomer's and my birthday. Nature played along and dumped 35 cm., say 15-17 inches, in a 12 hour period. Now I know all you southern types are going to hold your breath, and wonder how we stood it. But first let me tell you that I have camped out over night in such weather and can candidly tell you it was the most wonderful experience. We were not using a dogsled, but snowmobiles the first time. And not on a groomed trail, which appeals only to speed demons, but in a wilderness like this one. The silence is so incredible. Later I would try it with dogs, an Akita team. Dog sledding is what sailing is to boating, the penultimate.

I put in these shots of Boomer as he waits for me to feed the birds. He's eleven now. If you check out the mast head  photo, you can see the additional white in his ear area. The cast in his eye is a slight cataract. Boom does however have wolf eyes, which naturally reflect light, especially at night. He's slower so we take it easier now. Let's face it I'm slower also.


Still active.

Still loving the snow.

Blue Jay.

Now You're not going to believe this! But on our morning walk on the 21st, we got an unheard of visit from our friend, Huegin, Broken Beak. There was a Corvid chortle, and down he came. I had some shelled peanuts in my pocket, so I open them and fed him. He's huge by the way.

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

Female Pine Grosbeak

Hiding Redpoll

Side View Redpoll.

Front View.

Christmas AM Sky

Blue Jay.

Female Pine Grosbeak

Goldfinch.

Cloaked Redpoll.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Red Squirrel

Redpoll

A promise of sun

Red Squirrel

Bohemian Waxwing

Goldfinch



Redpoll.

Snowy Jay.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Redpoll.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Male Pine Grosbeak

The promise of a storm.

Redpoll

Male Pine Gtosbeak

Blue Jay in the wind.

Bohemian Waxwing

Crow flying in the storm

The hidden Redpoll revealed 

Female Pine Groasbeak

Male Pine Groasbeak

Goldfinch

Snowy Mourning Doves.

Redpoll

Crow in snow storm

Red breasted Redpoll


Redpoll

Oops, that's slippery.

Snowy sky


Waxwing in berries.

Bohemian Waxwings.

Bohemian Waxwing.

Waxwing

Stormy sky.

Male Redpoll

A snowy flight.

34 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Gary and Boomer and Merry Christmas to you guys!

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  2. Gary, your story tale is so lovely, a great variety of birds, lovely morning sky, and most of all" HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to you and to Boomer. He looks great, and still enjoys the snow.What a wonderful friend you have. Enjoy the rest of Christmas Time, keep warm, and New Year Greetings to you both, from Jean

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  3. all beautiful birds! so glad you feed them! happy birthday to you and boomer. love broken-beak and the slippery redpoll. too cute!

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  4. A great set of photos of all the little birds but Boomer is definitely the most beautiful. I hope you both have many more times enjoying the snowy weather. Best Wishes.

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  5. Those Redpolls and Male Pine Grosbeak are spectacular. Hmm, I am thinking then if you view my post, we shared same birthdays;') Happy late birthday then, and Merry Christmas. Old Boomer... give, that boy a hug for us too~

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  6. Birthday wishes to you both Gary, you and Boomer! How amazing the life you lead and the wonderful yarns you tell. I'm trying to imagine that total silence and the beauty that surrounds. Yes taking it steady is how it works best for us nowadays. A nice surpirse having Huegin call by/he really does have a broken beak or that is a right name for him? Especially I like the male Pine Grosbeak, all because of his colour, oh, and the Blue Jay too. The others you posted are all delightful in their own special way of course. Thanks for sharing another wonderful post from your amazing part of the world …and many happy returns :)

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  7. Happy birthday, Happy Christmas a best wishes for New Year!

    Camping in the snow is a stunning thing to do - I have spent a few nights in snow holes and in tents is some pretty snowed up places - and with a bit of care and thought it can be very snug. A hot chocolate in the morning in a warm sleeping bag is still one of life's high points!

    Cheers and thanks for lining to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Splendid photographs Gary. I especially like the photos of Boomer! Merry Christmas and a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Lovely pics and cute Boomer!
    Happy Holidays!!

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  10. Congratulations on both your birthday.
    Beautiful pictures you have photographed.
    I wish you a very happy second Christmas day.
    Greetings Irma

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  11. I always look forward to how many birds you have in your posts. I hope you and Boomer have a brilliant Christmas. My dog Jura loves Christmas. From Findlay

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  12. Beautiful birds and photos, Gary!

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  13. Lovely winter portraits in the snow! We just got about 7" here last night. Boomer looks great and I'm so glad he is still healthy enough to enjoy the snow and walks with you. Two of my cats are now 17 and they have cataracts pretty badly. I wonder sometimes how much they still see. They would rather be indoors and warm.

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  14. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you and Boomer!!! Some wonderful pics!!! I've known people who have camped in the snow, but never done it!!! At this point in life...I prefer hotels!!! But I'll bet it's beautiful waking up to the quiet and solitude!!!

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  15. Hi! Boomer is very qute. You have lovely pics on a lot of different birds....:-) like the one where it is slippery and congratulations you two!

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  16. Your snow and the quiet sound wonderful! Hope you and the fantastic Boomer both had good birthdays. That's a fine collection of birds you have, and I imagine that Huegin was especially happy to see you, prepared as you were.

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  17. Happy birthday to you and Boomer! It's great to see Broken Beak again, along with all the other beautiful birds here.

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  18. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!!

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  19. Happy belated birthday to you and Boomer. You certainly have lots of snow up there. We just got our first storm down here at craftygardener.ca

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  20. Here's wishing you a double Happy Birthday Gary. Wonderful photos as ever, and as a Southern Softie I can only admire your love of the cold and snow.

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  21. Wahooo, which beautiful series ;-)
    Happy new year !
    Céline & Philippe

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  22. I hope you and Boomer had a wonderful birthday and Christmas too. I love the shots of Boomer, the birds and other animals. I also love the beautiful snow shots.

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  23. Birthday wishes to both you and Boomer. He has such a sweet face. I love those wolf eyes.
    I can almost hear the silence of Winter Solstice in a new fallen snow. Enjoy riding in it!
    What a treat to see so many lovely birds. Thanks for sharing, Gary.

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  24. Belated Happy Birthday to both you guys. Love all the photos.

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  25. Bit late to the party here, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Boomer truly is a real beauty.

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  26. What lovely shots! Boomer looks just great - so happy and healthy.

    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

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  27. Lovely shots, as always! I remember some Chicago winter temps but have no desire to share yours with you! ! Happy New Year!

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  28. Happy way-way-belated BD to both of you. Huegin's visit was an incredible birthday gift... and you made him happy too with the birthday party favor.

    Wonderful slide show as always. Not saying anything about the cold because I know better now. Happy New Year and thanks for the gifts of all the beautiful pictures and words throughout the year.

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  29. Happy Birthday to the two of you! Our grandson was almost an equinox baby. It is a special time of year! Boomer is such a beautiful dog! I know he has brought you many years of love and companionship that are unequaled. It makes me happy to see your posts when the two of you get out in all that SNOW and see so many wonderful birds! The photos are delightful!

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