Saturday, February 16, 2013

2012 In Photographic Retrospect ( Part 2 ) At The Vermilon River.

 I think 2012 was a bumper year in terms of what we saw of the four legged critters, and the flying wildlife, including insects and butterflies. Or perhaps Boom & I were just more aware of forest bounty. I started the series off with mommy fox because it was such a serendipitous sequence. She is on the other side of the River protected by the rapids. I just caught sight of her as I was seated, and rose,catching the sequence. If she looks a little gaunt, it's because the kits come first. She would normally bring the prey back alive and the kits would kill it as part of their training. They would of course feed first. Also notice the way she has them hidden away for protection.


Click the photos to enlarge and watch the slide show. A post to Id Rather Be BirdinOur World Tuesday, and WBW.
Now she's sidled off to the side.

There they are

Mobbing Mom

The curious one looking back

Hurry up It's time to go



This is a night shot taken in the middle of the night. The fox is eating birdseed on the ground. They'll eat berries and seed in the winter. Just a quick response to Roy who though that I must look forward to the warmer months. Actually, I like all four seasons as each one of them has their own critters, and equally some disadvantages. If I had any wish, I would make Boomer two years younger and get rid of my bad leg. That way Boom could snowshoe ( maybe sled) with me again in the winter, and I could explore the River by kayak in the summer which would be superior to hiking the trails.

River Beaver in the spring.

Belted Kingfisher in flight.

Black Swallotail

Black Throated Blue Warbler.

Huegin Broken Beak, Raven Chief

Carbird

Choke Cherries in bloom

River Otter

Common Yarrow

Male Common Yellow Throat

Rusty Blackbird.

Dragonfly

Female Goldeneye having a snooze.

Flycatcher.

Boomer

Northern Harrier

High bush Cranberries

Johnny Jump Ups

Leopard Frog

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Mountain Ash with berries

Muskrat having lunch on the ice.

Hunting Osprey

American Lady or Painted Lady

Pin Cherry Blossoms

Pine Sisken

Pine Sisken

Red Squirrel

Red-eyed Vireo 

Robin

Skipper on Wild Strawberry

Fall Forest In Shadow.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

Skipper on Vetch

Yellow Warbler.

Eastern Kingbird.

White Lilly on wetland.

Wild Strawberry

Wood Ducks and Teal

Wood Lilly 

Fall Raspberry bush.

Honeysuckle

Flaming sky

Immature White Crown Sparrow.

Interesting sky


Another view of the little Black Bear.

72 comments:

  1. Wow, another great review. I have so many favorites and there are so many cute critters and birds. Great post, Gary!

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  2. My goodness, those were great! You put out more than a weeks worth of stunning shots, too many to list which are my favourites. Looking forward to more next week. :-))

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  3. all great shots! several smiles in this one - the foxes and the squirrel, especially!

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  4. Nice series of feathered and furry visitors to your area. Great to see a shot of Boomer in there too.

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  5. The number of four legged and winged things you and Boomer encounter on your journeys are astounding.
    I enjoy seeing them all especially the series of Momma Fox and her kits.

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  6. my, a smorgasbord of photographs; the foxes are great, how you managed to get those photos is amazing. One'd expect Mum would quickly disappear with a human nearby. You hid well? Then the yellow-throat has to be my favourite; a beautiful bird to see

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  7. I read this earlier this morning, but saved my comments for now. Stunning photos, I guess at times we all wish for a better body, less years, but maturity has its blessings, with my white hair, I am no longer amazed or insulted when anyone of any age, asks if I would like some help? parcels, groceries? heavy bags?? and this can come from people of all ages. Chivalry is still alive. Enjoy your days, Boomer is one beautiful, loving companion, Greetings from Jean

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  8. Great image series showing, with both fox / birds and flowers and especially your beautiful dog. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

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  9. Perfect serie of photos to participate in The BIRD D'pot!

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  10. So busy smiling I can hardly write! I've learned so much (so beautifully) from your blog. Today I played a little game and watched the slide show first...to see if I recognized and remembered some of the ones that were new to me before (I did, you're a good teacher.). I am so in awe of your talent and as well of your beautiful home territory. There's just not enough words in my vocabulary to tell you.

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  11. That flaming sky, just blew me away!!!! Wow. And your wildflowers are astounding. Of course the birds...love 'em all. Especially the flying belted kingfisher. Oh, and the fox family...so fun to view those images.

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  12. wowwww!!! great shots!!!
    well done! I love this post!!! :)
    Have a nice week!!!

    My photoblog: http://photographyforpassion.blogspot.it/

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  13. A beautiful selection of images. Your encounter with the fox must have really been thrilling.

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  14. Definitely a boomer year! Very exciting photos. Well done.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  15. What a treat for the eyes! I especially loved seeing the fox kits. Please give Boomer an extra pat from me.

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  16. Hi Gary

    A wonderful series the fox was great. I really liked the raspberry and the lily and Boomer, wow.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  17. The fox shots are wonderful! What great captures!

    Happy Tuesday, my friend. As always, I enjoyed your post. ☺

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  18. Super retrospective, Gary. I think the more I take photos out in nature the more I appreciate what's out there.

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  19. Just looking at all this nature makes me feel better. The scenes of the foxes are precious.

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  20. Wow! Amazing photography ~ love all the 'critters' ~ nature's gifts ^_^

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  21. Terrific captures, Gary! I love the fox and the bear and, of course, the beautiful birds and the squirrel, as always! Such a lovely way to begin my day! Thank you!!

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  22. This was a wonderful retrospective. What a treat to see all the wildlife.

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  23. They are great time playing. Love those birds.

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  24. Stunning shots! You obviously have a huge love of nature, and the patience of a saint. I'm really impressed, and will spend some more time looking around at more of your posts.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  25. Beautiful wildlife pictures ! We have some foxes living in the little wood behind the house, nothing else !

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  26. Yes, these pictures are truly gorgeous, I like, especially that lovely fox.

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  27. Thanks for another fabulous walk through your woods Gary. Another beautiful series.

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  28. What great captures of the wildlife. How wonderful to see all thee animals for real.

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  29. Incredible photos and Boomer is just adorable! I cannot pick a favorite because, well I just love photography and nature and you have brought both to us in a splendid way. Have a great day...your newest fan.

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  30. I could never tire of reading your blogs Gary, so full of detail and fabulous images. Really like that Belted Kingfisher in flight

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  31. I have never been to Canada ( only Whistler but I guess that does not count) Your shots of the wildlife are stunning ! And you are saying that you took up photograhpy only recently? Amazing.And thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my Grand Central?

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  32. A beautiful set of images Gary. What wonderful wildlife you have there! Give Boomer a hug from me!

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  33. Beautiful photos. The fox family is so cute. I wish I could turn back the clock a bit for my dog as well. She is beginning to get slower and a little stiff.

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  34. The Black Throated Blue Warbler has now become my favorite bird.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature you encounter Gary.

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  35. I agree with Pam....that BTBW is one cool looking warbler!! But the fox is outstanding. They can be quite elusive. All of your nature shots are wonderful. I agree with you...2012 was a good year for me as well. The butterflies were outstanding!!! But the birds and critters were just as incredible. Your pics are wonderful. I want to take pics of bears but I am afraid. I know where they are but I leave them alone because many times I'm alone and don't want to have a quick run:) All my best. Chris

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  36. Another great retrospective Gary! Love the foxes, and Boomer is looking as handsome as ever!

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  37. Absolutely beautiful photos. I do love the little fox and his mama. I also love the beaver photos and birds. And everything is such a nice green. Wow!

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  38. What a wonderful show. I loved it. Love those foxes! Beautiful Gary.

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  39. I thoroughly enjoy your photography!

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  40. amazing and varied wildlife and wildflower photography. Beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you get to try the grape jam recipe. Have a great week.

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  41. Beautiful photography! I love animals and nature.

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  42. Wow! This is so amazing! What a variety of wildlife around you! Black bears and foxes and otters, kingfishers, warblers and Boomer to give you company. :) You are very lucky, Gary. Thank you for sharing these joys with us.

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  43. Wow! Always makes me want to visit your part of the world. Awesome shots, all of them!

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  44. Hi! Nice hightlightphotos in 2012. I enjoyed them very much. Wishing you a wonderful day.

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  45. I remember the fox. I'm still quite envious. :)
    I think I missed the little bear - so cute.
    Part II is as impressive as Part I was!

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  46. What a treasury of great wildlife photos.

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  47. excellent shots...its like I went to some forest when i come to ur blog...keep rocking

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  48. The bear and the fox are great ways to top and tail this post - I can see why you enjoy living where you live!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  49. Another great mix of animals and birds Gary. I think you're right about each season having its own special quality.

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  50. Quite a mix of wildlife. What fun to see.

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  51. Nice pics.
    We have Fox on both sides of our very urban Arkansas River. In running along the paths in the last 20 years I've encountered Fox three times and haven't had a camera all three times. They are very bold and unconcerned about my presence.

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  52. So nice to see the fox mamma and her kids!
    As usual many good photos here!

    (Have you seen that in your calender to the right, there is sometimes almost porn photos?)

    Greetings Pia

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  53. Just as much fun as Part I! Wonderful images, felt like I was there - except for that freezing temperature thing!
    Thanks for a really nice post!

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  54. Wow! A collection of interesting shots! Especially enjoyed seeing birds that I'm not familiar with!

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  55. These are really neat pictures! I liked the pictures of the fox very much.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  56. Your blog is very popular and I can see why, you put a lot into it, you visit us all and you have something to say. You show off where you live with fascinating wildlife, you have allowed us to connect with you, told us your story. I wonder if they can do something with your leg to make it better.

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  57. Excellent collection of photos, I enjoyed very much this post. Have a beautiful week with amazing photo opportunities :)

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  58. Looks like Spring has arrived! As I stated above in another comment [Anni] --that sky photo is just remarkable. I always enjoy your posts Gary.

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  59. An amazing set of images Gary. Your 2012 appears to have been much better than ours as we had rain, rain and more rain. This did not help such things as butterflies and flying insects and it was a wash out for young birds as well.

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  60. Amazing series and I would love to see th ebelted kingfisher some day!Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  61. So much good stuff in here - i love that fuzzy fox :)

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  62. Great series! I absolutely love the fox photos :)

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