Soft winter shadows in the woods create an inviting welcoming scene despite the often harsh cold temperatures. Beauty can be found in many places, even in unwelcome winter.
Below , seen in the early mid morning sun the shadows of the bridge railing are in sharp contrast to the muted soft woods shadows. Happy Shadow Shot Sundayto all on this freezing winter day. The weather forecast for next week of all sunny days does not hold much hope for a favourable report from Mr Groundhog on Tuesday (Feb2nd) He is sure to see his shadow and run for cover, his actions thereby announcing that there will be six more weeks of winter.
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Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The winter plumage of the European Starling displays a dotted or 'spotted'pattern
When thinking of things "spotted", for the theme of the photo hunter meme today this remembered photo of a young spotted fawn immediately came to mind. It had wandered from the woods behind my neighbor's house and was feeding on their lawn. There is a street/highway running past the front of our house and I was afraid if I tried to chase it back towards the woods it might go onto the highway. Luck was with the fawn that day as my neighbour herded it back safely to the woods with no problems. It was such a beautiful little creature and a wonderful photo opportunity.
A sideways view of the spotted breast of a yellow shafted Flicker. Enjoy.
I find the Wood Nymphs each summer along an old dirt roadside at Three Tree Creek. They are so delightful to watch. I must have some ladybugs pictures somewhere, but I will have to do some more searching before I can post them, so maybe later.Also I remember taking pictures of a "Touch-me Not, but ther whereabouts of those photos elude me also.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
. I can date this creation as I created it after we returned home to NB after living in Toronto during the school year of 1980-81
Michelle of Rambling Woods for hosting this meme. A happy Thursday to all.
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Monday, January 25, 2010
If only this were today it would be the perfect beginning of the week. This is an older 'yellow photo. Today we are presented with forecast of a stay at home day with a heavy rainfall warning with ice pellets mixed with freezing rain changing to drizzle this afternoon, rain, heavy at times this evening, with a bit of wind and warming temperatures ( that will be welcome.) I am very eager for spring.!!!We shall have to wait and see what Mr. Groundhog has to say about that next Tuesday (Groundhog Day.)
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
A very strong mid-morning sun created this grid of shadow as its strong welcome rays seeped through the through the lattice at the fence top
below: Its shadow is projected onto the snow.Hopefully in a few months time this snowy area will be full of flowers and butterflies.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
This feeder bag is just outside my reading room window. I often sit here with a book and my camera and try to catch some close updetails of feeding moments. This little Goldfinch has an attractivegleam in its eye as it feeds here.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This post on Red Crossbills was first posted on January 14, 2009. Today I am reposting it for Ruby Tuesday. To view more posts on this 'red(ruby) related theme, please scroll down the righthand side on this pageand click on the Ruby Tuesday badge or you may want to post your own contribution. My Thanks to Mary for hosting this meme. Happy Ruby Tuesday to all.
It really would be more fun sometimes, when writing posts, to not give away the name of the bird until the picture has been shown and the viewer is trying to guess, "What is it?" But having learned that a simple, naming title works best for those searching for particular species, and also for my own reference too, I always fall back on my ingrained school teacher habits of trying to be clear and specific.
This little bird would have been a fun one to play with for at my first glimpse I wondered initially myself; a male Purple Finch maybe? But I dismissed that right away for I haven't seen any Purple Finches lately and actually Crossbills was a species I have been hoping to see this past while. He, this male Red Crossbill, is not a common sighting to me, but other winters, around this time of year, I have seen them along roadsides before.
I had decided to take a drive into the city yesterday morning to get a couple of needed items high on my priority list; such as brown thread to finish a Starling wall hanging I am working on, and some watercolour supplies, so I can get started on a Bohemian Waxwing painting that I really want to do. Just a few kilometers from home, I almost didn't see this little, bright, red bird until I saw if fly upward suddenly from a clump of slushy build up on the road that had dropped from a car. Taking just a couple of seconds, and a few meters up the road to decide, I knew of course that I would turn and go back to see if I could find it again. Returning to the spot on the road where I had seen it, I scanned the trees and immediately saw its bright, red presence! Then to my great luck, and delight, it flew onto the road again and I was able to quickly snap the photos which I have shown above, through my windshield. Also I saw a second Crossbill, a female, high in the tree when I remembered to check for it. Its pretty obvious that there is quite a difference between the appearance of the male and female. Below is a picture of a female I had taken a couple of years ago.
In the photo of the female above, as well as in the photo of the male Red Crossbill to the left, you can see the 'crossed bill' by which this species gets its name. For more detailed information about this species and the purpose of its crossed bills, an informative webpage can be found at Talk About Wildlife.
Next on my winter list, now that I have found Red Crossbills, I will be on the look out for White-winged Crossbills!
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Monday, January 18, 2010
I'm not seeing many interesting birds this winter and so I am enjoying looking back to pictures of other winters' birds stored in my photo archives. I don't see Crossbills often but I'm always watching for them during the winter. This photo is of a female of the Red Crossbills species. I sometimes will chance upon these birds feeding along the roadside. For tomorrow I will post photos of the male 'red' Red Crossbills.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Sitting on top of the ice these shacks are used for shelter when ice fishing! "Brrrr." I guess you just gotta love fishing!
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Friday, January 15, 2010
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
No, I haven't seen this species yet this winter although I look every day. The red berries on our high bush cranberry tree are not plentiful this year. The cranberries are what used to attract the Pine Grodbeasks. This is the species that firstattracted me to bird watching. I saw my first on November 10th. 1997. and at that the time my husband encouraged me to buy my first digital camera at that time. I barely knewwhat a digital camera was. It was from that first encounter with a Pine Grosbeak that started me on my way towards bird photography and my passion towards nature photogrsphy began. I do hope I see some Pine Grosbeaks this year! Don't you think this is a handsome bird ?To view other contributions to Ruby Tuesday and to perhasps contribute your oqn juat click on the Ruby Tuesday badge on the right column. Happy Ruby Tuesday to all.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
A hint of bright yellow reflected in my neighbour's windows sent me rushing to my car to see if I might capture it before it disappeared. It wasn't as spectatular as I had hoped but still to start the day with a beautiful bright yellow sky in January is always a great starter. Its cold out there today -12 degrees C!, but no matter, I'm all warmed up now and so is my car.
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Driving into the bridge during a storm. One of the reasons for building covered bridges was to protect the wooden flooring of the bridge from damp and rot during winter months.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
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