January 28, 2011

Something in the air


Something in the air
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
and I had a shower this morning.

I was upwind and couldn't get close before he smelled me and took off.

Just one of the challenges with nature photography.
At least flowers don't run away.

January 26, 2011

A different point of view

This was taken above Bluff, New Zealand, on the south coast of the south island.

They warn you that it is a steep grade but they don't bother with guard rails.
Evidently they feel you should be able to tell the difference between a road and empty air.

In North American there would be all sorts of barriers, wouldn't want to get sued.

January 24, 2011

Early bird


Early bird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
No worms today.
About - 12c, lots of snow.
I think half the birds in the park are at our feeders today including the doves.

January 20, 2011

The colour of spring


The colour of spring
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A common bird in our area during the spring and summer.
Oh it's just another yellow is often heard, but right now it would be a treat.

January 19, 2011

A summer garden


A summer garden
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It's only January and I'm tired of winter.

This is the yard on the lakeside of the cottage.

January 18, 2011

Love letters in the snow.

It's wonderful to be in love.

This was on Rondeau Bay along with two people sculptures.

Nice firm, crisp snow, the kind I think is good for making igloos.
You can carve a chunk out and stand it up.

January 17, 2011

Canadian cotton plantation.

We grow our cotton a little bit differently than they do in the southern states.

Photo by Anne

January 14, 2011

HEY! I just shovelled that!

Shovel the snow, shovel the snow.
As soon as you clear the drive way, here comes the plough.

January 13, 2011

House hunting?


House hunting?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We have had house wrens nest in the yard for two summers.
This is the first time Carolina wrens have shown any interest in the wren house.
I don't know if this is early nesting behaviour or if the are just aggressive in their feeding.
there were two of them and they seemed to be clearing out last years left overs.

January 12, 2011

Yellow rump warbler


Yellow rump warbler
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Another 4 inches of snow last night, not much by east coast standards, but still has to be shovelled.

A reminder of spring.

January 10, 2011

Age lines


Age lines
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
You know your sand pile is old when it has layers of lines

January 07, 2011

Australian floods


Australian floods
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were in Australia in November 2009.
I thought this sign, which had obviously been under water was funny.
Who needed indicators ahead when the water was already this deep.

In view of the tragedy going on now it isn’t quite so humorous.

January 04, 2011

Quick bath


Quick bath
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
An ice water melt is the only water available for bird baths.
Better make it quick before your feathers freeze!

January 03, 2011