So far in my scenic, or landscape photos I've concentrated on wetlands and the River itself. Shooting landscapes involves angle, planes, and interesting sites such as rock islands or rapids, as well as colour. The River or wetlands is filled with interesting sites which facilitates the process and it was here that I, therefore, cut my my teeth. But the Vermilon Forest is a transition forest between the St.Lawrence-Great lakes Forest, and the Boreal, and offers even more photo opportunities.
Boomer's move out of the lethargy of the hot summer, and our finding of the new trail over the ridge behind our apartment gives us a perfect opportunity to give you a view of a Boreal phenomena-the Tundra, Taiga, bog or fen, whatever you want to call it. The ridge in these photos, has the usual selection of trees, birch aspen and spruce, pine as well as some black spruce, which I have written about earlier. We'll be moving into something very different.As interesting as the sky is, the sky is overcast,and we're going into a thick forest that surrounds the actual tundra.
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|An interesting sky over the ridge.|
|The promise of brightness will soon disappear.|
Once we clear the ridge, the forest changes to black spruce and tamarack. I've written of black spruce before. Tamarack is not an evergreen,although it looks like one. It sheds its needles in the fall which first turn an orange brown. As well it prefers, like the black spruce, damp ground. In fact everything is damp here and murky with or without light.It, the Tamarack, is a Boreal tree.
A post to:Sky Watch Friday
Tamaracks and spruce against the sky.There is a creek that runs along the trail. The forest is almost impassable because the spruce is gnarly and the forest brush is thick. So if we go in it I generally get hung up. Boomer is much more agile,as is the wildlife.
|The Tundra creek or river.|
|The Tundra looking north.|
|Back of Chickadee.|
|Three Pine Siskens|
|Two Blue Jays.|
Perhaps Boom, and I have been in the forest too long. We don't measure the change of seasons by the arrival of snow, or the leaf colours, rather we measure it by the wildlife, both four legged and the birds. The warblers are long gone. The junco's, white crown sparrows, and the white-throat's have left. The Pine Siskens have arrived in force as have the Evening Grosbeaks. Next it will be the Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Bohemian Waxwings, and the Cross-bills, all Boreal birds looking for food. They are all heavy duty feeders, and will ground feed. As long as the food lasts, they'll stay and brighten our winter.
Similarly the four legged, non-hibernating critters will adapt to their winter mode.
Above is a Male Evening Grosbeak.
|Female Evening Grosbeak|