Visiting the Chickadees on Old Quarry Trail, Kanata, Ontario

Visiting the Chickadees on Old Quarry Trail, Kanata, Ontario

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New England Trip 2012 – Day 2 – Higley Flow State Park

New England Trip 2012 – Day 2 – Higley Flow State Park

We started the day with a stop at SUNY Canton and the town of Colton, NY and now we were driving into Higley Flow State Park where we were surrounded by the brilliant oranges, yellows and reds of the autumnal transition. Continue reading

The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

Wednesday was one of those heavily overcast, foggy, misty kind of days with the temperature hovering around the freezing point. I was on the east side of Ottawa on other business and, since I had decided to bring my camera along with me, I used photography as my good excuse to take a walk in the area of the Mer Bleue Bog. (location)  The only sound I heard for about an hour was the sound of a few planes heading to the airport and even those sounds were nicely muted. Continue reading

A bit of time on the Jack Pine Trail

A bit of time on the Jack Pine Trail

Today, I decided to walk along the Jack Pine Trail to see if I could find some nuthatches and woodpeckers to photograph. Continue reading

Death on the Old Quarry Trail

Death on the Old Quarry Trail

Usually when I walk along the Old Quarry Trail, it is a time for relaxation and the enjoyment of the wonderful natural surroundings and wildlife around me. Today, sadly, those wonderful moments were marred by the discovery of the death of two of the white-tailed deer that often come out to share the trail with me. It appeared to me that the cause of death was by humans rather than by coyote or other animal and that is what made the scene the more disturbing.

Since it was a weekend, there were plenty of individuals and families out enjoying the trails for the day and, aside from the killing sites, the rest of the woods was like a winter wonderland with plenty of ice-covered branches glistening and sparkling where welcome shafts of sunlight shone down on the trail or penetrated deep into the shadows of the thicker wooded areas.


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Negotiating the Sarsaparilla and Jack Pine Trails

Negotiating the Sarsaparilla and Jack Pine Trails

The freezing rain stopped at about midnight and the day started off with some blue sky and temperatures slightly above freezing.  This meant that walking the trails would be a bit of a challenge. Continue reading

2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Survey, Gatineau, Quebec

2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count, Gatineau, Quebec

The sun is now up and I am out on a Christmas Bird Count with my birder friends, Ralph and Gerhard. Continue reading

Night arrives on Beaver Trail

Night arrives on Beaver Trail

The Beaver Trail is one of the interesting National Capital Commission Greenbelt Trails in the western side of the City of Ottawa. I was at the Beaver Trial hoping to get a nice sunset shot near the beaver pond with a few colorful clouds in the photo. As I arrived at the parking lot, an individual was trying hard to get just the right light shining on the milkweed plumes, the chickadees were actively searching around the large rock at the trail entrance hoping to find a few more seeds left behind by earlier trail users and, along the trail, there were colorful signs that I wasn’t the first human on the trail .
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Sarsaparilla Trail and the Chickadees (again :-))

Sarsaparilla Trail and the Chickadees (again :-))
It was a perfect Fall day with temperatures above freezing, a beautiful blue sky overhead and little or no wind so I took a few minutes away from the computer to go out on the Sarsaparilla Trail in Ottawa’s National Capital Commission Greenbelt. The parking lot was full. That is always a good indication that the birds will be well fed as families and individuals stop at various locations along the trail to offer up a handful of seeds for the accommodating Chickadees.
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Chasing Rainbows and Pots of Gold – Ridge Road, Ottawa

Chasing Rainbows and Pots of Gold – Ridge Road, Ottawa

After photographing Chickadees in Nepean, I headed east toward Mer Bleue Bog. It was one of those strange days weatherwise, a bit of sun, a lot of clouds, intermittent rain and a strong wind was blowing the flags around

Looking off to the east, I kept seeing rainbows coming and going, brightening for a while and then disappearing altogether until another cloud and rain shower lined up with the bit of sun peeping through to develop another prism effect. I was approaching Ridge Road when I got an open view of a new rainbow just forming. It disappeared almost as quickly as it formed but I was able to get my camera out for a quick shot.

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