Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer colours at The Vermilon River

 This is another really long post; so click any photo for the slide show. But first a couple of points. Re: the bear. Now own up to it all who admitted to fear and trepidation. You would have done what I did: taken as many photos as possible.(Besides running from a bear is about the worse thing you can do.) At lunch at the restaurant over fresh caught pickerel, out of cold local lake waters, or an omelet, with cameras on the table, we would have toasted with a fine Canadian white, or a micro brewed ale ( no light US stuff for we hikers) our wood lore, praised our camera ability, and decided where to hike tomorrow. Canada has about 18,000 km of hiking trails known as the the Trans-Canada Trail, although it's not all complete yet. They vary from wilderness, such as where I am to easier trails in the south. Also, the strange moth in the last post turned out to be a clear wing, a  moth that feeds on nectar just like a Hummingbird, and is known as the "Hummingbird Moth".
Black Swallowtail

Devils Paintbrush

Early stage of Clear Wing Moth

Adult Clear Wing Moth. See the proboscis at the front he uses to suck nectar 

Female Redstart

Female Wood Duck

Geese and Goslings.

Honey Suckle (Thanks Arija and Linda)

Laurel

Honey Suckle

Monarch

Unknown

Close up Wild Rose

Yarrow

Cavorting Raven 

Black Swallowtail

Copper coloured Dragonfly

 Female Northern Flicker( no mustache). I entered this small trail and she proceeded to berate me something awful. She was protecting her nest which you'll see later.
Laurel

Raven

Female Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

Close up

Female Northern Flicker

Same 

See no mustache

Buttercups

Honey Suckle

Wild Rose

See the copper in his wings.

Damsel Fly

Same

Wild Daisy and grasshopper

 An Iris from my garden. I just realized that I had forgotten to include the Blue Flags, the wild blue iris, that grows on the edge of wetlands. Oh well there's always another post.You can see from what's here how alive the forest is with colour.
 I'm still working on another video which deals with one of my 8 km hikes. A post to: Id Rather B BirdinOur World Tuesday, and WBW.

I completed the other video; it's at Video.





Female Northern Flicker


Same

Female Red-winged Blackbird

Front view

Wild Forget Nots

Goat's Beard

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Mauve Dame's Rocket

Wild Lily of the Valley (Canada Mayflower)

Mourning Cloak

Her nest

Canada Nettle

Wild Lupins

Star Flowers

Tansy

Dragonfly

Yellow Lily

Corporal Dragonfly

Unknown

Dame's Rocket

Swallowtail on Devil's Paintbrush

Bee on wild Lupin

Female Redstart

56 comments:

  1. Such a wealth of beauty you show us again Gary. The plant you have called Laurel, is a Kalmia latifolia and sometimes capped the calico bush, as the paler pink version (which I have in my garden) looks like the pink calico young girls used to wear in days of old.
    So many lovely wild roses and plants I remember from our Canadian days.

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  2. beautiful flicker! really enjoyed your blooms today. so many i don't get to see here. really lovely!

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  3. A great serie of photos!
    Beautiful flowers!

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  4. Another wonderful seres of photo's

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  5. Wow, gorgeous flowers and I love the all birds of course! Sounds like a great hiking trail there. Awesome photos!

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  6. I like the closeup of the wood duck. Congrats for such a great collection.

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  7. Incredible series of photos, the different flowers and birds.

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  8. so many to comment but I enjoyed all the colourful flowers, birds (especially Redstart), and the butterflies and moths; so much is happening near you Gary at this time of year

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  9. You have a great variety this time.

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  10. Oh my goodness, so many beautiful things to see and enjoy looking at each one of them, Gary!

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  11. Woohoo! These are beautiful. I love that cavorting raven!

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  12. You spoil us with all those super pictures Gary. Me I like the 'pecker at the nest hole but all of them are great. I still think I'll run from the bear though.

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  13. Wow! Fabulous slide show, loaded with beautiful flora and fauna!

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  14. Beautiful series! I especially enjoyed the moth and the dragonflies.

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  15. Wonderful set of pictures.

    How are you?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  16. Love the perspective and dimension of the yellow lily photo!! Of course your bird images are always a delightful experience. Especially the protective nature of the geese and goslings photo!!

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  17. great critters again. Especially love the wood ducks. :)

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  18. I always love your nature shots. These were all great.

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  19. I never tire of your photos, Gary, your nature shots are superb! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Your nature photos are amazing...and the world you show me, is so different from what I know...love all of them. I learn something knew, every time I visit your blogg. Such an interesting post! Thank you for sharing!!

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  21. Beautiful summer colors and such a contrast to the snowy scenery you showed a while ago.

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  22. i await your nature photos every week, and the posts never disappoint.

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  23. What a beautiful post Gary, I love every photo you show us. Have a nice week.

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  24. Another great series of nature photos!

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  25. Love your detailed photo journal. I am not sure how much trailing I would have accomplished. I so love to stop and look at flowers and wildlife. I missed the bear.

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  26. Another great series Gary. I love that shot of the honeysuckle! I checked out the video too. It provided for a very relaxing coffee break.

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  27. Gary, I feel like I'm there in the woods walking with you. Such gorgeous shots. And it's finally spring there!

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  28. Wonderful pictures, very nice this series as varied with summer wildlife, great colors!

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  29. a wonderful look at your world. great captures.

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  30. What a beautiful area in the spring.

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  31. Another amazing post. You are a great naturalist and a natural photographer.

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  32. The colours are wonderful at this time of year! Such gorgeous shots of your world.

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  33. A beautiful summer world!Wonderful pics!

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  34. sorry I had to skip the video, but I enjoyed looking at the birds and the glorious flowers. Have a wonderful week.

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  35. You always post the most beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with us. ☺

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  36. Beautiful captures as always!!

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  37. The wildlife in your area is just spectacular!

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  38. Great serie of photos, great photowork!

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  39. Wow...love all the wildlife.... Michelle

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  40. Your blog is a beautiful, needed, dose of summer. It's good to stop back.

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  41. Beautiful images. Full of life.

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  42. Love the reflections in the wood duck shots!
    I've only seen clearwings a couple of times.

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  43. Hi! Very beautiful captures. I am very impressed by your photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Great series of photos.
    Kind regards, Irma

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  45. I was here last week when in my Birding blog admin...but came back to enjoy your post again Gary. Summer Colors...perfect title. So so wonderful.

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  46. What a wonderful group of flora and fauna. I started following your blog. Nice.

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  47. Such beauty Gary! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Hi Gary Just discovered your blog and what I treat I have had looking at birds, butterflies, flowers and insects. Wonderful shots. Looking forward to more soon. Margaret

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  49. Everything is looking so gorgeous and so cheerful...new life, new beginnings~

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  50. Such a wonderful post. I'm going backwards, catching up after being away a while. What a joy to be here! How beautiful your area is.

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