Thursday, July 28, 2011

Strange Skies,Birds,Water Flowers and Red Squirrels of the Vermilon River.

The Promise
The Dissipation
 These skies along with the weather have promised much needed rain. We desperately need it to the NW where forest fires are ranging and evacuations are under way. But the skies build up and then dissipate with maybe some thunder and lightening, but very little rain.

Bright Skies.

Water Lilly
The wetlands are lower, but still filled with life as these Lilly photos show.

Close Up

Pickerel Weed

White and Yellow lilies.
 I put this shot in because it shows the white and yellow lilies together. Despite the lack of rain the forest is still active and fecund, an encouraging state for the birds and animals.
White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow.


Young Grackle

Male Hairy Woodpecker.

Red Squirrel.
A Post to Sky Watch Friday @


  1. first time to see a hairy woodpecker. hope you get some rain.

  2. The first sky shot is fantastic, surreal.

  3. What fabulous lily shots and such dramatic clouds. Sorry to hear that you haven't yet had your rain! Hope it comes soon.

  4. the skies are surreal! sorry you need rain up there too! forest fires are horrible!

  5. All of your images are always so nice, but the water lilies are just gorgeous today!

  6. Vert beautiful photos! W alsoe have had a really sunny summer but very little rain...I hope you get some soon :)

  7. Sorry you're not getting the rain you need!! This is happening in so many places today! Your photos are superb as always, Gary, love the skies and the flowers, birds and squirrel are always so delightful and never fail to bring a smile! A pat for Boom! Have a great weekend!


  8. nice shots

    happy SWF

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  9. Totally off subject but, I was thinking about the Alberta tar sands today. Are there any developments that we, in the US, may not be aware of?

  10. Very unusual skies. Lovely flowers and birds.

  11. Wow! You have such a wonderful variety of shots.

  12. Hi there - that first picture is very strange - I wonder what is going on there! Must be space aliens!

    Cheers Stewart M

  13. I hope you are getting some rain today, Gary. We are in south-central Ontario.

    As always, I enjoy seeing the wildlife and wildflowers of your part of Ontario.

  14. your series of photos are always a pleasure. I love that in spite of the dryness nature seems to continue on with the dance. your photos are lovely, and the skies too. hopefully you will get some rain very soon. have a great weekend Gary.

  15. beautiful photos and i just love that little squirrel!

  16. Doing a rain dance!
    Love the water lily photo. Nicely done, as always.

  17. Your words and pictures capture the atmosphere of the times Gary.

  18. Such a beautiful sky! Great series of shots.

  19. Wonderful series and skies! But I think that last picture is my favorite.