I saw a small flock of Canada Geese fly overhead the other day. No matter the temperature, they return here every spring. The grass has not begun to grow yet but with the rivers and lakes thawing I imagine geese are finding vegetation in the water to eat. I thought the bird in this photo struck a very swan-like pose.
Although my eye was drawn to the tall grass it was the field behind it, with its light and colour that completed the scene. All elements equally important. This photo was taken on a perfect fall day last year.
This grackle was enjoying the fine weather and a solitary bath in the lake. Although a common bird, I think their good looks and intelligence raise them above the ordinary.
This wonderful wildflower was taken last spring. It’ll be a while before they pop through the soil this year. The ground is still pretty frozen but there are a few signs of spring – the sparrows chirping and rumours of the first crocus…
This is the second in a series of photos I took of an egret taking some turns on a beaver lodge. Perhaps he was digesting his lunch. There are some big catfish in this lake although the high water level might have made fishing difficult. I was at a sufficient distance not to disturb him and happily he was in no hurry to leave.
Following a trail down to the lake one year, I spotted an Iris growing right off the water. I was standing close to the water’s edge, looking for ducks and almost missed the flower tucked to the side. Every June, I follow the same trail down to the lake and continue to see the Iris return each year.
It was late fall and the geese would be flying south soon. When the trees are bare I get a different feel for the landscape. I can appreciate its starkness and see the detail that is normally overlooked in summer. The geese add additional interest to the scene.