Saturday, February 23, 2013

2012 In Photographic Retrospect ( Part 3 ) At The Vermilon River.

This is the last of the retrospectives, although it was hard to curb my instinct to do a fourth in the series. I started with some long shots of  what I think is a Fisher ( based on size) on the River bank, hunting in late winter/early spring,although he could be a Wild Mink. The Wild Mink close ups shots were taken the previous fall at my favourite beaver pond.  These shots prompted a post on the whole family with some borrowed shots and a video of the smallest member, the Pine Marten, eating.  This post  is filled with photos, so click anyone to view the slide show.

A post to Id Rather Be Birdin,Our World Tuesday, and WBW. Opposite is the best shot. The others are for size.
Look how long this guy is.

Wild Mink with chin pink spot.


I caught this fox the day I forgot my cane. He was literally standing beside me on a parallel trail.
Eastern Kingbird.

Wild Strawberries.

Wood Lilly

Black Swallowtail

Common Mergansers.

Rusty Blackbird.


Female Common Goldeneye.


Geese in flight.

Winter Goldfinch

Belted Kingfisher.

Male Evening Grosbeak

Canada Goose and Gosling

Mallard getting her ducklings to safety.

The last one was a little slow.

Rose-breasted Nuthatch.

Osprey hunting.

Close up

Pine Sisken

Male Purple Finch in snow.

Side View.

Male Common Yellow Throat singing.

Reflection in wetland.

Wood Ducks on the big wetland.

Yellow Warbler.

Northern Flicker.

Winter Goldfinch.

Male Purple Finch.


Bohemian Waxwing contemplating another berry.

Blue Jay in winter wind

Upper River In fog.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Otter close up

Bohemian acrobat.

Black throated Green Warbler.

Common Mergansers.

Front view Male Pine Grosbeak

Boomer waiting.

Side view Black Throated Green Warbler.

A little smile never hurts.

Yellow Belied Sap Sucker.

White Breasted Nuthatch.

Northern Flicker.

A screaming Eastern Kingbird.

Bohemian Waxwing

Same after eating.



Birdsfoot Trefoil

White Breasted Nuthatch.

Muskrat showing tail

Bohemian Waxwing posing. 

Northern Crow in snow.

Crown Vetch.

Downy Woodpecker


Raven in Flight.

Eastern Kingbird.

Female Common Yellow Throat.

Front view of same.

Northern Flicker.

Male Evening Grosbeaks in the snow.

Male Evening Grosbeak, note the green beak a sign of summer.

A tundra flower.

Crow in snow.

Red Squirrel looking all cuddly

Redpolls in wind.


Frosty River bank

Sap Sucker in flight.

Wild Daisies 

Close up Yellow Belied Sapsucker. 

White Throated Sparrow.


  1. always love to see all the birds and critters in your posts that i don't get here. :)

  2. I always enjoy your beautiful images. So lovely. Thank you for taking the time/work to share them with us.

  3. Beautiful shots of the birds, critters, flowers and scenery. I counted 81 shots. Two and a half months of daily shots. Wow! Enjoyed viewing them all. Looked at them on the blog then did the slide show. Nicely presented. Have a great week!

  4. Lots of varied wildlife today ... enjoyed the otter and mink photos.

  5. My favourites, too hard to select one, Upper river, just lovely, and the Eastern Kingbird, perfect as he sits right on the top. And then of course, Boomer, beautiful with just a little snow sitting on his fur. Greetings from Jean p.s. maybe another series please??

  6. nice photos again. You sure saw a variety of animals today.

  7. Nice serie of photos, as always!

  8. Fantastic photos, Gary! I love your fox and osprey shots! A very nice variety of wildlife.

  9. Your journeys are amazing Gary, great bird and animal shots and a couple of your landscapes are of professional standard.

  10. Beautiful slide show! I love the fox photo...and Boomer!

  11. So many great shots! You've seen so many things.

  12. Great series and outing. The birds are always beautiful!

  13. So wonderful. There is never anything you don't know the name of. And never anything that you don't get an amazing picture of. Thank you for sharing the hikes! And here's to just as wonderful a 2013!!

  14. Watched the show. An amazing array of wildlife, thanks for sharing.

  15. Always enjoy your shots of nature & wildlife.
    Especially intrigued with your fisher / mink note & photos.

    A few years ago, while up at our rustic cabin beyond Pickle Lake, ON, we had a run in with a critter that we were first told was a pine marten.. which I looked into, and ended up comparing martens, fishers, and minks to great extent!
    I finally decided our critters (there turned out to be more of them) were most likely mink. But we're told pine martens are common there. We have fishers back home here in Northern MN, they are quite large!
    Here is the link from that Ontario trip - a lengthy post, but if you scroll down there are photos of the young critters I decided to call mink.
    (Nice knowing I'm not the only one with lengthy photo posts!) :)

  16. Another amazing and lovely set of shots!

  17. Great image series showing Boom. Always many beautiful different images from a beautiful nature. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

  18. Another world. Some of these creatures we have in England too - but not many. My favourite of your pictures today is of the Scallop. I've not come across one before. Delightfully characterful looking bird.

  19. Your photos are amazing. How do you make these creatures pose for long enough to snap 'em.....?
    Great stuff. Thanks for this inspiring post.
    All the best to you and Boom

  20. Beautiful pictures! Loved all of the birds! I recently just started a youtube Korean food channel, EasyKoreanFood, where you can learn how to make fast & easy Korean food! It would mean the world to me if you could check it out because I'm just starting out! Thanks!

  21. Amazing array of wildlife once again Gary!!! I really enjoyed seeing one of Boomer as he awaits his daily routine with you.

    ~Hootin' Anni [and] Anni, at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  22. Beautiful captures as always; its hard to pick a favorite from the fox assessing you with his golden eyes to the raven in flight and countless birds posing. And wiyh that Boomer waiting patiently by your side. Priceless!

  23. Hi Gary

    I am really impressed with the collection of photos you have put together. It certainly makes me want to spend more time at the cabin visiting with the neighbours.

    All the best to you and Boomer.

  24. Fantastic selection of birds, wildlife and wildflowers. The nature show us is amazing Gary.
    Love the shot of Boomer patiently waiting :>)

  25. Your world is amazing. I love to watch your photos!

  26. Like the others, I'm always delighted by the many critters and birds that occupy your world! I, too, love the shot of Boomer! How patient he is! Hope you have a great week, Gary!

  27. I don't think I've ever even seen a photo of a mink before.

  28. Love that guy, bohemian acrobat!

  29. I love these catches, very good, as always. I really like the fox.

  30. There must be a higher power, how else could such beauty have been created.

    robert geiß

  31. Another terrific series Gary. I didn't realise a mink was so long. The E Grossbeaks sure are handsome.

  32. You always have fantastic wildlife photography ~ Beautiful!

  33. You have such great things around you to photograph! They are all amazing and beautiful.

  34. A great series of beautiful creatures and vegetation. You photograph things that I can only read about in books.

  35. Lovely pictues of beautiful little birds and I like that mink one! I had never seen a mink before!

  36. I do like the shot of the fox.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  37. really love the retrospective series of some of your best your beaver and birds and boomer..hope your week is good Gary.

  38. really love the retrospective series of some of your best your beaver and birds and boomer..hope your week is good Gary.

  39. Gary, that reflection and the fog shot is awesome!What variety of birds you've captured.A joy to be here at your blog.Have a great day!


  40. I've always enjoyed your photos. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Again super nature photos from you!

  42. Amazing Gary and so enjoyable... great shots!
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :D

  43. fantastic series of bird wildlife shots and wonderful photography.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have a great week.

  44. The fox grabbed my attention and didn't let go...LOL!

  45. Beautiful series as usual. I especially love the shots of the Eastern Kingbird with that beautiful blue sky and bright green leaves framing it. It's nice to see a shot of Boomer in the collection too!

  46. I have never seen a wild mink ! what a cute animal !

  47. A Many of us will not see this much variety in a lifetime!

  48. Nice variety of wildlife photos. I'd especially like to see one of those Bohemian Waxwings. The possible Martin/Fisher looks very robust, so it may indeed be one. I had a fleeting look at one in Alaska and also saw an unfortunate one that climbed into the chimney of a cabin that had been shut down for the winter. It died after eating everything accessible, and also drank the antifreeze in the commode.

  49. What a terrific album! Like Rebecca says, many of us would not see somany wildlife in our lives.

  50. Gary, you and Boomer have it all. Beautiful collection of images you've pulled together.

  51. An amazing range of wildlife, and great photos Gary. Best wishes to you and Boom.

  52. Hi! Nice collection of 2012 photographys.
    Wishing you a wonderful day.

  53. Wow! What a wonderful array of shots! I'm learning more about birding by blogs like this!

  54. Yours--ours--is a rich and beautiful world. Thanks for reminding me to look up and around.

    Love the beaver shots. Thank you.

  55. Cute little mink, a great stare down with the fox and a wonderful shot of the sap-sucker in flight! Those were my faves today. And I almost forgot the shot of Boomer! :)

  56.'re amazing! Your photos of different critters are a joy to see..Love them all, and your computer must have a huge memory to store all these pictures :)

  57. This is a wonderful series of photos, and I enjoyed all the critter pictures very much. Thanks for stopping by my raptor post and have a great weekend :)

  58. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos