Sunday, March 24, 2013

Some Sunny Skies, and Some Opinions From The Vermilon River.

 The weather is still primarily overcast, but we managed a fair hike on one bright day. We didn't get to the rapids as the trail snow is layered with ice, and fairly hard going. The River, although it never freezes, is opening up as you'll see. There are a lot of photos so I suggest you click on any image and watch the slide show.
 You're probably expecting me to comment on the budget, but I'll do that in detail in another post. I'll say this though, Harper is not going to balance the Federal budget, as he promises because the Canadian economy is build on consumer credit, and that is fast running out. The Canadian Banks were down rated by S&P because of that recently. Even Flaherty had to ask Manulife to back off its aggressive mortgage rates to avoid more consumer credit, and inflation in the real estate market.. Canadians are going to have to pay more attention to Harper before he causes more damage.Just something more to think about. In a recent CBC interview it came out that Harper had intended to loosen bank regulations before the US bank disasters occurred . Think where we would have been in that case.


Harper is a supporter of the Fraser Institute in Calgary, and vice versa. They are a right wing economics group, and climate change deniers, funded by a few large companies, and very active at the University of Calgary. For a profile follow the link: BCTF 
A post to :Id Rather be birdinOur World Tuesday, and WBW

In a previous post I had said that global warming will scare off insurers. In a recent Ceres study on the March 22nd post of Care 2, large European reinsurance companies are warning companies of the risks of global warming. Some companies are moving out of risky areas such as Florida where the state is now the largest insurer. You should read the post.


Redpoll

The Squirrels are active

Watching Raven

Squirrel feeding.

Ridge with heavy clouds.

Chickadee

Really red Redpolls.

Redpoll

Raven

Redpoll

Squirrel

Chickadee

Chickadee

Squirrel

Redpoll

Redpoll

Posing Chickadee

Redpoll

Redpoll

Redpoll

Remains of a Cat tail

Chickadee

Chickadee

Chickadee

Close up

Squirrel

Redpoll

Raven

Lower River.

Lunch is served

Upper River In the morning

Upper River clouding up

Chickadee

Raven

Raven in flight

Resting

Take off

Redpoll

Squirrel

Redpoll take off



Redpoll

River enclaves

Trail

Squirrel


Squirrel

Chickadee


Upper River.

66 comments:

  1. adorable squirrels, as always! the redpoll facing into the light in one of your first photos is really pretty, too.

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  2. Hi Gary! Excellent pictures once again!

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  3. Lots of critters and some wonderful wee birds. What a great walk.

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  4. Love your redpolls again Gary. Stll waiting for our to come back from France and Belgium - any day now.

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  5. love the redpoll sitting in the sunset light. :)

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  6. Lovely serie of photos. I am also posting a photo of a Redpull tonight!

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  7. Beautiful and refreshing photos, Gary!

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  8. Hi Gary

    I loved the photos in this post. I can really see the beautiful light from your sunny skies reflected in the colour and detail. Great Squirrels.

    A lovely post.
    Guy

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  9. Wow, such a lovely place and grt captures....

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  10. Terrific post, Gary. A little joy in the photo's and scary thoughts of what the current government is doing.

    Until our form of democracy evolves and matures into a system we can trust... I'm afraid we're in store of more of the same.

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  11. Beautiful winter scenes. And your wildlife is always such a pleasure to view Gary.

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  12. Such a beautiful captures, Gary!
    I love them all...
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

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  13. Great photos of the scenery and the birds. Extreme weather conditions such as the big storms and rains we got this summer should convince anyone that something different is happening!

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  14. That really red Redpoll is beautiful. Nice photos!

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  15. I've been watching the birds too. Too bad we can't click on these and here them chirp or call. Beautiful work.

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  16. Still lots of snow around but you took some great pictures of the redpolls and the squirrel.

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  17. Lovely series, the Redpolls are my favorite. I was hoping to see one this winter but no such luck. Have a great week!

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  18. Wonderful photos, I like those birds with beautiful colors, wonderful!

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  19. Love your bird shots and other critters.

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  20. The squirrels are always my favorites and today you have some wonderful redpoll shots!
    I enlarged the river shots - beautiful landscapes!

    I noticed yesterday the slideshow feature wasn't working. I just did my post and checked to see and it still wasn't. Seems blogger has the feature disabled for some unknown reason. Thought you might want to know.

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  21. These are stunning photos! Amazing! Thanks for popping by.. and have a fabulous week..

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  22. wonderful bird and hiking images, and I love the squirrel.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  23. they are all waiting for spring :) great pics!

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  24. So many beautiful shots! I love the one of the trail. There's just something so peaceful about it.

    Happy Tuesday. ☺

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  25. beautiful views and your wildlife photos never fail to amaze me.

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  26. Great shots and an interesting post. I always enjoy your nature photography so much.

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  27. Wowee! Quite a collection of birds!

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  28. The word "Global warming" is not used anymore now it's "climate change" as instead of heatwaves we have never ending winters in some parts of the world !

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  29. You always get such marvelous photos on your hikes. I'm glad you braved the trail to get and share these with us.

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  30. Lovely post! The squirrels are cute. Lots of pretty birds. You still have a lot of snow and ice! :)

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  31. Climate change isn't going away. We really have to step up and stop it!

    Lovely shots.

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  32. Again, some nice pictures, wonderful to see all the species you encounter.


    Ottar

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  33. Love your redpolls and squirrels, Gary, but I'd love to be squirrel-sized so I could hug a chickadee. I always think they're the cutest things ever.
    Keep warning Canadians about Harper. He scares me out of what few wits I have left.
    K

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  34. Sorry about your right-wing leader. I hope you can get rid of him sooner rather than later. But although we definitely don't have a right winger in the White House, still not much is getting done about climate change. (Gattina, above, is correct -- that's what it should have been called for the reasons she states. But it would also have prevented the idiots who joke on cold days saying something stupid like 'bring on the global warming.' I'm gonna' punch the next one I swear. Your pictures are beautiful as always.

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  35. A very beautiful set of photos. I fear that our governments and large corporations are leading us into a disaster such as hasn't been seen in modern times.

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  36. I thought the squirrel was sitting in the clouds not snow. Very cute.

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  37. Great post - I think some people will only take notice when it bites them in the wallet!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  39. Great group of photos! I love the redpoll.

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  40. You always have great series to present!

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  41. Love your captures of the redpol, chickadee, and squirrel. It looks like you were deep into the woods for these pics!

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  42. Great series of photos Gary and a very nice read. Thank you :)

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  43. Your redpolls look a lot like our house finches and purple finches.

    My sis is taking a break from your Canada winters and visiting us, ...and we have had a colder winter than usual with fragments of the last snow still disappearing.

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  44. trail photograph looks enticing;loving the chickadee today Gary

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  45. Nice pictures, as every time!
    Like the squirrels very much!
    Greetings Pia

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  46. Great series of shots, love the red bird.

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  47. Great sequence of birds Gary.

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  48. Great series of photos, Gary, but sure looks cold!! Hope that when I return to Cape Breton it will have warmed up a bit!! Harper.....he's not on MY list of favorite people, either.

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  49. Great captures of the Redpols, Chickadees, and the squirrels.
    Thanks for visiting me and your nice comment on my pheasants.

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  50. Great captures of the redpols, chickadees, and squirrels!
    Thanks for visiting me and your nice comment on my pheasant.

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  51. Great image series showing Boom - wish you a happy Easter :) Hanne Bente

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  52. Wonderful series (love the occasional squirrel among the birds!)... Thanks for sharing!

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  53. I always enjoy seeing what YOU see on your hikes, Gary. When it comes to politics, it's very sad that making money (as in developing the oil sands) is more important than using good sense (as in working on climate change).

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  54. Seems like a great hike. Also got to read relevant topics and enjoy beautiful photos at the same time. Thanks. :)

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  55. Beautiful Squirrel ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  56. Great scenery and wildlife photos!

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  57. These little birds are so pretty, and they are fast! You capture them so well..Happy Easter!

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  58. Its amazing to see a frozen river! I haven't seen one in person.

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  59. incredible. what a portfolio you must have on bird photography.

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