BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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WINTER WOODPECKER

We’re lucky to have downy woodpeckers here all year round as most birds migrate south during the winter.  This male downy has found some insects to eat under the bark of the tree. They’re also seen more frequently at backyard feeders this time of year.


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NOVEMBER SCENE

I  liked the partial shadow of the branches against the white wall.  Quite stark and what a typical November looks and feels like.  This year is not the usual though it’s been warm and sunny and some flowers are still in bloom.


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TIME PASSAGES

This building is a landmark on a gritty downtown street corner, sandwiched between an alley and apartment building. It’s been a Bible depot, reading room and gathering place.  When trying to find out more about it, I learned that it had closed permanently. Perhaps another victim of the times.


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ANGRY BIRD

We were taking photos of an adult and osprey chick on their nest at a respectful distance (with long lenses and at least 40 feet below 😏 ) but the osprey parent was not happy at all. It flew from the nest, circled above and flew uncomfortably low and close. We took the hint and walked quickly back to the car, content with the photos we had got.


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OSPREYS, LATE SUMMER

Volunteers had built two nesting platforms by a local marsh and we’ve been lucky to see osprey there most summers. I’m glad we passed by when we did because on our second visit in early September the nest was empty. The birds had probably begun their migration south.

 


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RING-BILLED GULL

Ring-billed gulls don’t overwinter here, and will head towards the Great Lakes or the Southern United States when the cold sets in. They are very common during the warmer months and when seen outside the city, in a natural setting, are quite attractive birds.