20180326 Pictures for Sideroads & Shorelines

Here are some pictures for Parry Sound Sideroads & Shorelines, published 6 times a year, showing some of the beauty of the Parry Sound area.   These pictures may be published in the May/June issue of the brochure.

This first photo is of a wild Beaked Hazelnut blossom on a wet day in April.  The red/purple filaments are the blossom’s stigma.  Pollen from the catkins of  neighbouring shrubs stick to the stigma and form pollen tubes to fertilize the ovules deep in the ovaries of the bud.

Below is a picture of a green frog contemplating the colour yellow.  Actually if you observe a frog in this position you’ll see what it is doing.

Yes, it is waiting.  Waiting for a meal to land on that blossom.

This picture was made at the Killarney East Lighthouse at Red Rock Point.  We were experiencing a gale blowing from the Southeast throwing a spume tens of metres up over the rocks.  The flow of water-laden air over the rocks first caught my eye … then I saw the two rainbows:

Every spring these singing insectivores return to glean our plants of newly hatched larvae and sometimes to raise a family.  This American Redstart is showing his rictal hairs, which might help him catch his meals in flight.   Every year a pair of Redstarts raise a family in my neighbourhood.

This might be a Columbine Duskywing stopping by for some nectar or perhaps laying eggs on its common host, our Canadian Columbine.

This pancake of ice is “floating” over the water at Meshaw Falls, French River.

These British Soldiers usually begin their fruiting in early April. Maybe later this year, as they need warm moisture.

Mama bear showing her cub how to feast on some black cherries…..

“Up, up and away,” say these Sandhill Cranes

Teetering building seen from Orange Valley Road between Broadbent and Nipissing Road.

Most pictures depend on interesting lighting, as these two show …

Here is a picture of the picture-maker:

Watch for the May/June issue of Parry Sound Sideroads & Shorelines  to see which of the above pictures make it into the magazine.

20180222-0312 End February Early March ice and snow with a video

The last three weeks were a bit drab, consistent with the late February blahs.   We did make a few pictures, though and tried some more videos.  Samples:

Early morning sun rising over “the other side” from Riverside Drive ….

Michelle’s pretty little studio/gallery …

Across the Still and the Inlet from Patrick and Debbie’s spot …

More freezing rain, this time clinging to Burdock…

Clinging to a spruce twig …

Ruffed Grouse got out into the sunshine to peck some sand from the snow …

Debbie and Pat’s after a snowfall …

Rugged spot after Outrams …

Ice on the rock at Wrights…

Stains that almost look like pictographs …

Another try at making a short movie … also at Wright’s rock….

Instead of adjusting clocks on the weekend I wrote this stuff  , including this bit.

20180207-13 Snow and sunlight

We enjoyed several days with interesting sunlighting.  Here are some examples:

Snowballs rolling down the hill …

Oft-photographed tortured white pine …

Oft-photographed Twin Rivers is starting to freeze over on February 7th …

Notice how those shadows guide your vision …

Big Lake …

Beginnings of a sun pillar just north of Big Lake on Hwy 529  at 5:11 PM …

A minute later clouds cover the Sun, giving a Tom Thomson effect to that dead Jack Pine.

At 5:20 PM the sun pillar had re-appeared …

5:28 view from the road into Byng Inlet with a light snow flurry passing through the area.

Mixture of lighting:  natural sunlight, incandescent, LEDs…

This requires double clicking or spreading to see the structure in the snow and in the water …

Afternoon shadows helps to bring out texture …

Twin Rivers is almost frozen over on February 10th ..

Compare the shadow guidance in the following image (Feb 10th 5:09 PM) with the guidance in the earlier (Feb 7th, 5:04 PM) one up the page.

(Yes, I waited for a few minutes until the dead tree and shrubs in the foreground were illuminated.    Did it work?)

Some more snow textures …

Animal tracks add interesting stories to many photos  ….

The gnarled White Pine again.   This time with tracks.

The blog is almost up to date (Today is Feb 22nd).  Hopefully we’ll get it up to date in a few days.

 

 

 

20180127-31 End of January: ice, grouse, doggie, snow

We saw lots of variety at the end of January, including these scenes …

Skerryvore Community Road, shadows, tracks and patterns ..

 

Ice laden trees on Hwy 529 …

Ice encapsulated twigs …

Including birch catkins …

Ruffed grouse is not happy with its food being in a freezer…

sparkles in the ice ….

Black labrador assumes the position whilst guarding the car …

Snow at Secord Rapids …

Snow on Burwash Road ….

 

Time for a new month.  No doubt that February will bring some more winter scenes.

 

20180124 Ice storm, Meshaw Falls

We looked at the effects of the ice storms through the FZ 1000 and the GH4 with the Leica 100-400 mm lens in the neighbourhood of Britt and up at Meshaw Falls on the French River.   Some examples:

Still River from Legion Lane.

Mouth of Still River with Byng Inlet in background…

Textures …. ( Click on some of these close-ups to see the beauty of ice sculpturing.  Use your back button in your browser to return to the blog.)

Byng Inlet

“Weeping” White Pine …

Shadows …

Birch under ice …

Highway 507 icy White Pine …

Peek-a-boo Sun …

Upstream Meshaw Falls …

Downstream …

Ice prison …

Goldenrod in ice against snow …

More textures ….

A hibernaculum for some sort of insect, made out of a rolled alder leaf….

A pair of Hooded Mergansers diving for minnows at the base of Meshaw Falls …

The ice lasted a few days so we had lots of opportunity to examine its effects.

20180123 Heavy ice coatings — up close

These pictures were made using the long telephoto lens, usually from less that 10 m away, so you can see the detail in the little sculptures, especially if you enlarge them (by clicking on the image at least once).   The resulting textures are interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20180117-23 Sunrise, Snow and Ice Storms

January gave some very variable weather, ranging from morning sun pillars to snowstorms to ice storms.

Morning sun pillars …

South side of Byng Inlet as seen in the snow from Dave and Maureen’s place …

Peek-a-boo…

Boucher quarry road …

A day later, warmer with some freezing rain  …

Fixing the cause of the inevitable power outage…

Icicles …

Lots of icicles … (worth clicking on to get up close.  Use the “back” button on your browser to return.)

Up close …

Sleeting on ice covered Big (Gereaux) Lake.

Drooping White Pine boughs …

Those needles will probably fall when the ice sublimates/melts …

Staghorn Sumac fruit …

 

twigs …

ice!!!

The wind has come up …

Ice covered tamaracks (and white pine and spruce in the background).

Still River as seen from Riverside Drive….

Not nice for driving and operating power equipment … but very nice to see and photograph!