Saturday, November 24, 2012

Various Scenes, and Wildlife Of The Vermilon River.

 This post is again about colour in my homeland, and water. First colour: the weather has been so changeable that it's been difficult to keep up, but by in large, the temperatures have been unseasonably warm. This has resulted in heavy fogs of the pea-soup variety, and dripping forests. Now you can in this sort of  wet stay home, or go out, and enjoy the peculiar colours. All you have to do is learn to photograph it.You probably know these tips, but I'm going to repeat them. After all sharing information is part of the blog tradition. All the hints relate to the fog,of course not the sunny photos.

Opposite is the Upper River, which is extremely photogenic, but the fog adds a sense of mystery and mysticism to it.In fact, if a troll suddenly materialized you wouldn't be too surprised would you?

This time the shot is of a wetland in an even thicker fog. You can check out the others, some of which were taken as the fog lightened. By in large all the foggy shots were taken at f 4.5, 1/160th, and an ISO of 800. I used an aperture priority;thus, controlling the aperture size, and letting the speed fall out. Photoshop, the contrast area only, was used above to enhance the blue tone. The lighten or darken selector will remove the fog altogether. A complete removal was done in the wetland dripping tree photo below. Just one further tip. I focused on the nearest solid structure. If you don't, you'll run into trouble, as your camera will find the lighting too dark to focus using AF.

What I'm doing is using the water to show the treed background. If there was a flight of geese, I would use the water to pick up the birds' reflection in the water. It's too dark to get them in the air.The option is no photo, and the loss of an opportunity to show another colour facet of the area that I live in. Just one further tip. I'm shooting in cold, wet conditions. When you take your camera inside you run the risk of condensation damage. I put my camera in the bag and close it outside. I leave it for an hour in the bag inside and then open it. Hence no condensation damage.

Blue Jay in the sun.

Chickadee feeding on a birch.

Geese on the fast moving River.

Raven in flight.

Redpoll in the sun.

This is the tundra river with an ice slick on it.The level is up with the rainy period. Boom and I used the tundra trail to get here. We, or more properly me, decided to jump a wet area. I reasoned that my cane, even though it would sink in the boggy mud, and Boom's weight would be enough to clear the wet patch. Boom got covered in black mud, and I got a soaker, so much for my leadership.
River bank in the sun.
Sun reflection on the River seen through the black spruce trees .

A post to I'd Rather Be Birdin',My World Tuesday,Wild Bird Wednesday,Camera Critters, and SWF

Upper River in the sun.
Male Hairy Woodpecker.

Blue Jay.

Female Evening Grosbeck

Foggy River bank.

Geese moving in the current.


Water drops.

Male Hairy Woodpecker.

More Fairy lights.


Male Hairy 

Male Hairy Woodpecker.

Female Evening Grosbeak.

Sun on the River bank.

Deep in the tree.

Male Hairy

Geese in Flight.

Geese resting

Uncertain sky


East Track turn in the fog.

Foggy wetland.

Raven with a prize.

Foggy rocks in the wetland.

Sunny upper River.

Dripping water (fog removed).


Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Preview of Winter Colours At The Vermilon River.

I recently heard an interview with Ian Dejardin of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London,U.K., in which he enthused over the paintings of Tom Thompson, and the Group of Seven, which he had featured in his Gallery in 2011. The same exhibit then toured The National Museum of Art in Oslo, and from there moved to the Netherlands with equally rave reviews.The exhibit is now being shown in the Group of Seven's home gallery, The McMichael Gallery in Ontario. Click here to see the McMichael Art Gallery: McMichael Gallery.

The Group Of Seven, expanded to ten later but still referred to as seven (an other Canadianism I guess) presented our northern landscape in a uniquely Canadian view. That view not only featured the rugged Canadian shield, its lakes and rivers, but also its uniquely Canadian lighting. That lighting runs the gamut from bright blue to grey, and forest greens.I'm certainly not putting myself in their league, but I've tried to show that lighting in recent  posts,however inadvertently. You'll see it again in this post. The weather has been strange starting with the hurricane and stretching into the Colorado storm that crossed the Great Lakes bringing us snow and rain, but nothing in comparison to the snow Manitoba received. Our temperature today is 11C, dropping tonight to -1C. That's a temperature drop of 12 degrees in 8 hours. Sure there's no such thing as global warming!!

The Boreal birds are here from the Common Redpoll shown above to the swarm of Bohemian Waxwings shown opposite, all bringing their unique colour to offset the grey skies.


A post to: I'd-Rather-Be-Birdin',Our World Tuesday, and World Bird Wednesday.

Opposite a male Evening Grosbeak
Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Mourning Dove.

Pine Sisken at The feeder.

This is a pair of photos as this crow or raven actually flies out of the sun to buzz Boom and I.
He's quite close.

Red Squirrel in a black spruce tree

Common Redpoll

Sun rising over the ridge

This is that strange colour that results as the sun back lights some of the trees.

Again the sun hitting the Redpolls.
Blue Jay

Female Evening Grosbeak

Look mom no hands!!

Male Pine Grosbeak in the snow.

Red Squirrel

Resplendent in the grey light.

Sun lit tree

The sun itself

Bohemian Waxwings.


Male Evening Grosbeak.

Red Squirrel

Female Pine Grosbeak

Male Evening Grosbeak.

Male Pine Grosbeak

Common Redpoll

Female Pine Grosbeak.

A swarm of Bohemian Waxwings.


Female Pine Grosbeak


Jay in wind and snow.

A change coming, maybe.

Female Pine Grosbeak


Male and female Pine Grosbeaks.

A perfect half moon.

Sun at the end of the trail

Female pine Grosbeak and a Common Redpoll

Reflections in the icy tundra creek.

Close up Bohemian Waxwings.

Waxwings settling in.

Wet Jay.

Female Pine Grosbeak
Just a personal note: Thanks to Ladyfi for checking on Boom and I. We have not been posting for a while trying to get ready for winter. Getting ready was complicated by the weather, which was not nearly as bad as anywhere else. Also, I'm probably not going to post twice a week as I did before. Only because it takes such incredible time, and Boom and I are getting slower than ever, and have other hobbies as well. That doesn't mean we're ill, we're just fine. And no, I don't want to shorten the posts. Of course we may not stick to this idea, we have all the sticking power of spit.

Interestingly enough the blog continued to receive its usual visits from the usual countries.