Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Hiking on the West Side of the Vermilon River. A Post to MWT.

Subsidiary river
 Today we're hiking on the abandoned RR line on the west side of the river to the rapids. I put the scenes in a sort of order to give you the feel that you're with me. The river is at its widest in the area before the rapids, and feeds both wetlands, and a little area ( first photo) that appears like a stream in a rain forest.The RR line is raised, so we're above the water.

Photo 3 is the wetlands on my right side as we head to the rapids. Photo #4 shows the river as it winds around one of the lower islands. The main current would be on the side away from us. Photo 5 shows the sudden narrowing and then the rapids. The river looks bucolic because the water is low due to lack of rain. The last time we hiked the rapids the water was high, and I said that it would be better to stay away from the the far side of the island, as the current would likely sweep you into the chute between the bridge abutments. Now you could paddle to the far side, and portage over the bridge to avoid the chute.

White Water Lily

River Wetland. #3

Wide Area Above the Rapids. #4

Just Above The Rapids. #5


The chute between the bridge abutments.

The Quiet Area at the end of the Island that separates the rapids..

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Oven Bird.

Female Yellow throat Warbler. 
Immature Robin
 The Swallowtails are starting to show summer wear. All of the birds,except the Yellow-rumped, were shot just before the wetland in a group of pin cherry trees, where they were feeding. An Oven Bird is a warbler that gets its name from the style of nest it builds. I had to chase the Yellow-rumped around the tree to get him.

I saw bear dung on the trail, which was blue in colour and fresh. There are no blueberries on this trail. So she/he swims the river and crosses here. When I was coming back, there was fresh dung and pin cherries spilled on the trail. Bears love pin cherries too. Clearly she hid out on me, and headed out when she heard me returning. So no bear photos.

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  1. Well, I'm kind of glad that you don't have any bear pictures. Your bearless pictures are great, as usual. I especially liked the one of the ovenbird. I hear them every once in a while but I have never been lucky enough to see one.

  2. Your pictures are always so wonderful! I especially like the water lily today. That would make a beautiful front for a note card, or framed on the wall, or a picture puzzle. It would be pretty just about everywhere. :)

  3. The Swallowtail has certainly stole this blog, thanks Gary.

  4. Beautiful scenic place. The birds are as usual amazing.

  5. Beautiful countryside and a lovely series of images of your wildlife...

  6. You have a beautiful place to live and explore and walk.