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MacGregor Point Provincial Park

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

The night had arrived with a meteor like sunset through a thin slit in the clouds. It didn’t rain overnight though and there were no threatened storms or high winds so sleeping in the tent was rather pleasant and I awoke to the sound of robins and other creatures nearby my tent.

Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Yellow-Shafted Flicker, Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

In the fresh air of the morning, I was able to wander around the more or less deserted campground without disturbing anyone as I got in close to the various flowers and insects.  Prior to the May long weekend, it is great to be camping in the provincial parks.  No line-ups for anything.

Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris) is designated as a Threatened species throughout its range.

Fringed Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)

Sand cherry blossoms (Prunus pumila)

Star Flower (Trientalis borealis)

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Violaceae sp.

Forget-me-nots (myosotis sp.)

At least one person stopped to wonder why I was on my hands and knees photographing the gravel but hopefully when they saw that the camera was pointing at a small butterfly or a dragonfly they worried a little less about my sanity.

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

Dragonfly

Great Egret, Great White Egret (Ardea alba)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Betony

Yellow Lady Slipper, Yellow Moccasin Flower (Cypripedium pubescens)

Canada Goose and goslings

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Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory to MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory to MacGregor Point Provincial Park

The day’s drive was a fairly long one made more pleasant by the occasional whiff of the Common Lilacs that were in full bloom at this time of the year. And of course, distance is one way to judge the length of a journey and most published distances or travel times don’t apply to me anyway because I stop far too frequently for photos to be able to get anywhere in a hurry.

This old barn caught my attention because as I drove past it, I saw a couple of Turkey Vultures perched on the ridge.  By the time that I stopped the car and got my camera gear ready, they decided that they had seen enough of me and flew off.  Inside the barn, there were plenty of swallow nests but not enough light to photograph anything properly.

Although the temperatures were rising each day, the nights were still cool and sensitive specialty crops still benefited from miniature hot house treatment.

Gaywings (Fringed Polygala)

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)