Painted Turtles in Warm Sun

The Midland Painted Turtle is common in Ontario and it is the one I have seen most often, other than our pair of snapping turtles the other side of the weir.  This one was keeping a close eye on the …

Beaver Out of Water

I was walking home the other evening and saw a muskrat, which promptly got back in the water and swam downstream.  As I walked ahead, hoping to get a shot, I stopped and took aim on the water.  To my …

Exposed Roots

The river rises and falls and this trees roots are exposed at the low point.  It reminds me of images of the World Tree, Yggrdrasil.  It’s hard to believe there’s much left of the tree on land, or that it …

Calm River

The dog and I walked down onto a rocky area where the creek comes out under a bridge and joins the Holland River.  It is a gathering place for ducks but there weren’t any there today.  The river looked so …

Piper Returns

The sandpiper was back on the riverbank this afternoon.  He was ducking under the grass overhanging the river and then running down, very busy.  It’s incredible how well camouflaged he is.

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Iris Tips

I have not seen any irises anywhere else along the river, so I did a double take when I saw this one.  Some of the more succulent looking may be eaten by local river denizens.  I took a picture of …

Goose on Guard

The nesting goose has disappeared and I hope it’s because the gosling hatched and not because it was chased off.  A goose was further upriver, standing on one leg on a stone in the middle of the water.  It raised …

Geese at Rest

A huge flock of Canada geese passed over yesterday, with much honking and beating of wings.  There must have been three or four dozen.  As we passed over the river this morning, there was a commotion and some geese were …

Fleeting Feathers

This rolling ball of down – I’m guessing duck feathers but I can’t really tell – came whisking down the river as I was looking at some tracks.  I couldn’t tell what it was.  It moved like a little tumbleweed, …