Spring In The Cold

Today’s post is a bit of a mish-mash of images.  I had a look through some photos I took the day of the 2013 ice storm and found some that I liked but never shared, so I’ve included them today (the Foreboding Road and Kelso Conservation Area)! There’s also a shot of the Burlington beach following the snow storm we had on the weekend.  The ice shelf doubled in size over night and if you live in Burlington it’s a sight to see! I’ve spoken to some people who have no idea that the ice shelf forms every winter (provided we have a few good storms with an east wind)!  That’s all very cold and icy, but I also had some pink tulips and thought I’d include a hazy, soft photo of them as well; A little hint of spring because right about now I’m sure a lot of you are sick of snow and ice. Happy Friday, everyone! Stay warm!

Birds Birds Birds

If it isn’t already evident, I really enjoy taking pictures of birds.  In them I see all the beauty of nature.  Birds represent the health of an ecosystem, and the general health of the planet, and I think it’s important to pay attention to them.  Often we see a bird fly by without noticing what kind of bird it is, or what the bird is up to.  My boyfriend said that until he met me he didn’t realise just how many bird species you can see in one day, just by taking a moment to observe them.  My hope in posting photos of birds is that you’ll take the time to notice what’s flying around you the next time you sit in the back yard, and to appreciate their beauty and personalities!

The photos of the cardinals were a lucky break.  Normally cardinals are extremely shy (although they aren’t very good at hiding, for obvious reasons). This time we stumbled upon a male who was trying very hard to get a girlfriend!

The loons are a fairly common bird up in cottage country, but seeing a group of males together isn’t as common.  You’ll usually see a male and female and baby, or just the lone loon that has come to represent Canada’s north.

If you’re interested in learning more about birds, and the different species you see I’d recommend buying a copy of The Crossley ID Guide. No, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love this book.  The plates are photos rather than the usual paintings you see in bird books. The birds are shown in all their different colourations depending on gender and season.  This book is much larger and heavier than your average bird book, but you won’t have ANY problem identifying a bird.