Bunny Time

I was out by the train tracks by the creek taking photos of the Siberian squills when I heard a rustling behind me. When I turned around I saw… a bunny!

Bunny

Bunny

This rather large bunny looked at me, chewed some grass for a minute or so, and then it hopped a few feet into the bush.

Big Fluffy Bunny

Big Fluffy Bunny

From the bush, it just sat there looking over its shoulder at me. He’s probably waiting for me to leave. After taking a few more photographs, I decided to move on and leave the bunny to his foraging.

Lilacbush

Lilacbush

At home, our Lilacbush is in full bloom. Do you notice something familiar about this photo? Could it be that the flower is purple? I found out from my friend Nigel that bees are attracted to the colour purple. I also found out in my research of bees that purple and blue flowers produce the highest amount of nectar, which explains this whole purple flower explosion we have in the spring.

A Squirrel with Attitude

Today I was feeling on the lazy side so I decided to take my camera out for a walk in my neighbourhood. There is a creek near my home that I like to explore when I don’t have the time or energy to drive somewhere else. Even in such a small area I can find many things to photograph if I take the time to look them.

Autumn Path

Autumn Path

In the above photograph I wanted to only have a small area in focus – the yellow leaves of the tree. To get this effect I shot this at ƒ2.8 to get the shallow depth of field.

Crossing over to the other side of the creek I heard a very upset resident. Looking around I found a black squirrel high up in a tree scolding me for disturbing whatever it may have been up to.

Getting the Eye

Getting the Eye

It was not too impressed that I had entered its territory. I’m sure it was happy when I moved on. Just down from the squirrel I found a bush with these pretty pink buds. It’s late in the season but there is still life ready to burst open. I have no idea what kind of plant this is but its nice to find different colours than the normal fall colours one expects to see.

Pink Bud

Pink Bud

As I reached the turn off to head home I spotted some red maple leaves. I liked that they were not the perfect specimens but rather had some character to them.

Red Leaves

Red Leaves

Wandering around my neighbourhood reminds me that you can do photography just about anywhere if you open your mind to be creative. Sometimes focusing in on a small area that you can revisit over and over again allows you to find more things to photograph.

Exploring More of Algonquin

It’s the last day of our trip to Algonquin but the exploring isn’t done just yet. After breakfast we head out to Big Pines Trail for what we hoped would be a snowshoe but the melting snow didn’t make for good conditions.

Enjoying the View

Enjoying the View

After our hike on the Big Pines Trail we decided to do one more hike at Spruce Bog Trail. This trail is always a good spot for spotting birds and other wildlife.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

We were not disappointed as we were greeted by a nuthatch and a couple chickadees. A red squirrel also joined us and was more than happy to pose for our photos.

Posing for photos

Posing for photos

As is traditional we stopped one last time at the Mew Lake campground to see if we could spot the Pine Marten again and we were lucky enough to have him come out of the forest and visit us.

Who are you?

Who are you?

Although hesitant he was more than happy to eat the seed that people have left behind. Another great trip to Algonquin comes to an end but we look forward to future trips here.

Wildlife at Mew Lake

We’re back in Algonquin for the weekend and our first stop when arriving is Mew Lake in the hopes of getting a photograph of the local pine marten.

Crow

Crow

As we eagerly wait for the possible appearance of the marten I happily take photos of the birds that come to visit the area. First up the beautiful crow.

Junco

Junco

Followed by the small white breasted junco.

Pine Marten

Pine Marten

And then the pine marten appeared for a few minutes before darting back into the forest.

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Surprisingly we had a visit from a bird I have never seen before – the common redpoll. He didn’t stick around long but his brief appearance was exciting.

Duck Displays

After spending a couple hours taking photos of Santa and loads of children at work, I decided to stop by Humber Bay to get photos of the local water birds. It was beautiful weather – the sun was out and the temps were on the warmer side for early December.

Mallard taking a break

Mallard taking a break

The ducks were out in force. I’m not sure if that was the weather or if they always congregate here. It is a secluded spot and great shelter if the weather does turn. I just never suspected there to be so many of them.

male bufflehead

Bufflehead – male

There were so many types of ducks here. Its the most I’ve seen here at one time. There were Buffleheads, Gadwells, Hooded Mergansers and, of course, Mallards along with a few others.

Gadwell

Gadwell

The male mergansers were putting on quite the show. I’m not sure if they were trying to impress the ladies or just fighting between themselves. Whatever they were doing the ladies were unimpressed.

Merganser couple

Merganser couple

By the end of the day I had way too many photos of the ducks and it was time to get these photographs into the computer to see what I had captured.

Woody Woodpecker & Friends

My friend Nigel and I headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens this morning. Our goal was to photograph some of the local birds that were sticking around for winter.

Male Downey Woodpecker

Male Downey Woodpecker

Things were a little quiet as we started hiking the trail and we weren’t sure we would find any birds to photograph. Luckily, about halfway down the trail we found a number of different birds with a surprise visit from a red-bellied woodpecker. We were also visited by a Downey woodpecker and a Blue Jay.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male Bluejay

Male Bluejay

As we headed further along the trail we spotted a nuthatch who came a little closer in the hopes of some seed.

White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Although the start of the hike was very quiet we were successful in getting our photographs of the local bird life. A very successful day on the trail.