Saturday, December 1, 2012

Unsettled Weather, And A Resultant Change In Colours At The Vermilon River.

The warm foggy weather was replaced by overcast snowy weather that dipped as low as -17C with high winds. Now that's a morning eye opener!! Boom & I begin our mornings before sunrise, and walk a good couple of kilometers to settle our breakfast every morning. That's how I get the sunrise shots, one of which is opposite. Now don't start with the cold. To Boom, it's just a mite brisk, and filled with free snow cones. The camera settings change also as a result of the glare from the snow, even when it's overcast, as it is here. The ISO is still 800,but almost all the photos except the fog shots are shot with an f 8 setting.




I like the colour the light gives to the backgrounds. Opposite is a modest Blue Jay.

REMEMBER CLICK THE PHOTOS FOR THE SLIDESHOW.

A post to Camera Critters,I'd Rather Be Birdin',Our World Tuesday, and Wild Bird Wednesday.






Blue Jay In Flight.

Tundra In The Fog.

A Lonely Jay.

Mourning Doves In The cold.

 This is a River Muskrat. I mentioned trolls in the last post, and here is the best we can do.
White-breasted Nuthatch.

Snow on the branch.

Snowy Trail.

Red Squirrel

Blue Jay.

Bohemian Waxwings at the berries.

Snowy Sunrise.

Blue Jay.


Northern Crow.

Mourning Doves.

White Breasted Nuthatch.

Snowy Trail

Grumpy Blue Jay

Blue Jay.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Muskrat.


A pair of Mourning Doves.

Muskrat.

A Coy Northern Crow, Huegy's mate actually.

Female Pine Grosbeak

Foggy wetland.

Blue Jay.

Male and Female Pine Grosbeak

Male Grosbeak

Bohemian Waxwings.

Trail over the ridge.

Promising

It did not materialize, but the forecast is for warm temperatures and rain this weekend.

Another snowy trail

Non-breeding starling.

57 comments:

  1. love those waxwings all clustered together. muskrat is too cute!

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  2. -17? Thats sure cold Gary but you got good shots nevertheless. Great series again.

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  3. Many fine images of birds, animals and exciting winter scenery. Fun to see so many birds that are unknown to me and the beautiful nature.

    Ottar

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  4. Great slide show! Love the muskrat on the ice.

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  5. Wonderful shots. It was especially fun to see the muskrat!

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  6. The Pine Grosbeaks are beautiful, I would love to see them some day and the Bohemian Waxwings. Great post and photos, Gary!

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  7. Nice to see all of the snow shots! I will not complain when it's 45 degrees here. that muskrat is pretty funny looking.

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  8. Okay, my computer tells me this page is written in Romanian and wants to know if I'd like it translated, but I know you speak Canajun, just like me.
    Enjoyed the pictures as always, Gary. I've never met a muskrat. I don't even know if we have them here in the west.
    Aren't starlings lovely in their non-breeding plumage? I didn't recognize a photo my husband took of one last year, but Phil in England identified it for me.
    K

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  9. Great shots! I love how there is a soft hint of color in the gray...

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  10. Wow, thanks for showing us the waxwings and grosbeaks.

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  11. That red squirrel in the snowbank/drift is darling. Can a squirrel be 'darling'? It is none-the-less!!! And I think my favorite bird photo this week, of yours, is the 'grumpy blue jay'. It looks so mighty cold. I'm a wuss when it comes to cold. Anything below 60 is cold. LOL

    Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot. Have a glorious week ahead!

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  12. I see you got snow. We did too, but now the rain has washed most of it away. Our photos are so different in the gloomy looking weather.

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  13. Such wonderful sightings, and the snowy landscape makes magic for the viewer. Although i suspect photography in those temperatures requires some resilience? Liked the muskrat pix, and wondered whether that's a crab it's caught?

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  14. Such wonderful variety of subjects... and the snowy landscape adds a touch of magic for the viewer. Suspect that there's a certain resilience required to cope with photography in such low temperatures! Interested in the muskrat, and what it's caught for dinner, crab?

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  15. It does look cold and snowy and beautiful!! Love the waxwings and grosbeaks and, of course, the muskrat! Great shots for the day, Gary, as always!

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  16. Wow a muskrat, we have them but hard to get a photo of them, I did see a heron eat one, very interesting time you had and beautiful, lovely shots. cheers

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  17. Hi Gary! your photos are really very good. Are you going to be the new David Attenborough? I saw a documentary about him on BBC today! It's great that you walk so much with your beautiful Boomer! Have a great week!

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  18. Another wonderful series. the muskrat and his antics; fog, snowy trails. Loved it!

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  19. Delicious winter environment, I like it, great job.
    Saludos.

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  20. Would love to spend a few days outside there. Must be a joy for all senses. Still warm around here and Oranges and Lemons are about to be ripe. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  21. Beautiful shots. The snowy shots are lovely and I know the birds appreciate the food (I noticed some were at feeders).

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  22. That snowy trail is just asking to be walked. Not keen on any kind of rat maybe that's because I live in a city and the only rats you see here live in the sewers - yuk!

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  23. The stark black and white and leave-less tress really brings the bird images out.

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  24. Great photos, I admire your hardiness and willingness to share your finds under such conditions.

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  25. It looks real cold in there! Maybe the birds are cold too, so pity them, when ours are languishing in warmth!

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  26. Love the stark contrast in colours and the black and white feel.

    It's cold here too!

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  27. Another wonderful photo serie from you!

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  28. I do like the muskrat - not an animal I have ever seen!

    Thanks for the tip about looking over bridges!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  29. Some lovely shots!!! Winter is here...

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  30. It's amazing to me how much you see and photograph on your walks.

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  31. So many birds! The muskrat is attractive too.

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  32. beautiful wintery views and birds.

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  33. Rather colder than I like. And as for going out before dawn in such weather, rather you than me. But I agree, you did get some wonderful shots.

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  34. Beautiful winter shots with birds.

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  35. So many interesting critters! My husband saw a jay the other day, they sometimes visit us in winter. I think it was checking our bird feeder :)

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  36. A great serie of photos! I do like it!

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  37. As always a lot of nice photos!
    And you got Winter too, as we did!
    Greetings Pia

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  38. Hoje aqui tem tanto sol e calor, que eu preferiria estar nessa neve , vendo esses pássaros lindos!
    Obrigada por nos dar esse presente.
    Zizi

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  39. A great series of photos and very interesting captures of the different light and shade.

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  40. Your wintry critters are marvelous!

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  41. It looks very cold there, Gary! Beautiful photos!

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  42. I have to admire you getting up before sunrise and going out in that snow and cold to get series of shots like these. :)
    The next to last shot of the snowy trail is very pleasing.
    Lovely series Gary!

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  43. Beautiful pictures, the birds, the critters and the snow scene. Sounds pretty cold though.

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  44. Magnificent set of winter scenes, the wonder and beauty of Nature. Love the first Snowy Trail image!

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  45. Hi Gary

    Some lovely photos here. I really liked the Muskrat and the Grosbeaks. Your snowy landscape was beautiful.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  46. Looks like winter has arrived. I love the foggy tundra and foggy wetlands photos--very nice. Mickie :)

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  47. Love the waxwings and the muskrat admiring his reflection (at least that's how it looks to me). And all your birds . And the tundra has a great look in the morning fog.

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  48. They are all beautiful birds and critters! I didn't know mourning doves stay around for winter..

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  49. They are all beautiful birds, and critters. I didn't know mourning doves stay around for winter!

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  50. such a huge array of delightful birds and other critters! Cedar waxwings remind me of cardinals. love the ones of the dripping water and the dry seeds!

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  51. All so beautiful,love the frosty branches!

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