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.

14 thoughts on “20180326 Pictures for Sideroads & Shorelines

  1. TOM TOM TOM .. THANK YOU for these breathtaking views .. those hues of colour and transparency. The wonders of our Mother Earth !!!!! xoxo

    • Thanks Krys,
      Yep, I just record some snippets of the nature that surrounds us. Another sparkling day in paradise. I have to get out there and see it!

  2. Morning Tom, Great picture making! Super choices (all of them)! It is going to be difficult not to print them all. Please save me a copy and I’ll pick it up on our next “half way” lunch. Good health to you and Tinsley,


    • Thanks Gai,
      Yes, there should be at least one picture in that bunch that should appeal to someone.
      Actually I’ll get a few copies for you. Maybe you could drop them off for Kathie Hogan at 250 Clark the next time you’re in Powassan? I’ll let Pete B and others know that they are there.
      I see that we’re going to have some unsettled wx during the week. Good photo-ops.

      • Kathie Hogan here…I would love to be a drop off point! Great photos, Tom! We are having a Grand Canyon Photo Night with local photographer, Brad McBlain (you met him when you were at 250 Clark in the fall). I will let you know details.

  3. Just discovered your site with this article – a wonderful and beautiful group of views of nature, the sandhill cranes are stunning and you are so right about light!

      • I am also very grateful for your comments – I too am delighted with M43 having moved from bulkier systems.

        Following your comments I have fixed the subscribe / follow option and you will see it in the side navigation as Contact / Subscribe.

        Many thanks!

  4. Thanks, Daniel,
    I cannot compare M4/3 with other gear as I have no DSLRs. I’ve tried friends’ CANIKONs and am satisfied with the Panny/Olympus system. I’ve also looked at Sony ff mirrorless and cannot justify moving for the slightly better performance in low light. The larger pixel number would be nice when cropping telephoto shots of small birds etc but I don’t make posters!! 🙂

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