Thursday, August 30, 2012

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These colorful chairs were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Summer.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Here is a good example of Rustic Corvus corax.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

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It was time to leave Campbellford, so we followed these Canada Geese upriver.

Friday, August 24, 2012

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To end the week, and tide you over till Monday, here are some pretty pink flowers.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

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This week I will be sharing some flower pictures that I took along the riverside section of the Ranney Falls Trail.

Friday, August 17, 2012

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The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is the only one of its kind in Ontario. It is 300’ across and 30’ above the gorge. Here is a nice view of it from up-river.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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From the town there is the enjoyable Ranney Falls Trail. It is a 1 mile, level trail that follows the original roadway to Ferris Park before looping back along the river, where there are magnificent views of the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge and Ranney Falls. The gorge edge habitat supports different vegetation from the rest of the park, including the regionally rare Chinquapin Oak. Here is a view of Ranney Falls.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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This whimsical playground made me smile. Hope it does you too.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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An iconic building in Campbellford is the Fire Hall, with its unique onion tower. This 1878 structure, which once housed the fire chief in a second story apartment with a balcony and fancy railing, now contains photos and memorabilia. Rather than being a lookout, the tower had an important practical purpose. After they were used at fires, the cotton-covered hoses were carried up ladders to the top of the tower, hung, and allowed to dry to prevent the formation of destructive mold. This designated heritage property, which was restored in 1998, is built of red brick, and with its decorated arches, rounded windows, and onion tower, is more reminiscent of a mosque than a fire hall.

Monday, August 13, 2012

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We stopped in Campbellford for our overnight and stayed till noon the next day. Campbellford traces its history back to 1834, when the first homesteaders arrived in the area. Once very wealthy, it is still known today for its many fine Victorian homes. Campbellford offers so-o-o-o much: A dynamite arts scene, the home of the last cheddar chesse producing factories in Ontario, and my favorites, the World's Finest Chocolate Factory Outlet, and Church Key Brewing. And don't forget Ferris Provincial Park, just south of Campbellford Town boasting the innovative Ranney Suspension Bridge where you can view Ranney Falls.

Friday, August 10, 2012

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It's the weekend baby! Or in this case it's the weekend "Iron Chef Charlie". I shot this in Campbellford. It looks like a classic Indian Motorcycle to me.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Here is something else that I don't see every day. The Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon). It is a large, nonvenomous, well-known snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America. I saw this one swimming by us in a lock.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Here is a new bird for me to photograph - yea! The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is North America's largest waterfowl and one of its rarest native birds. To many people, it is the embodiment of grace, beauty, and unspoiled wildness. It is also an inspiring reminder that we can save some species that have been reduced to near extinction. J82 is one of the 10 cygnets of 902 & 131 from Sturgeon Lake hatched in 2011. He migrated with the family to LaSalle Park in Burlington on north shore of Hamilton Harbour (west end of Lake. Ontario). He was banded on Dec 9, 2011. The cygnets in this family from this year were marked in sequence J80 – J89. He and four other siblings were seen at LaSalle on Feb 22. J82, was observed at 7:15 pm March 30, 2012 near the north foot bridge of Beavermead park in Peterborough, Ontario. I shot this picture of him at 10:50 am June 16th, 2012 on Rice Lake, north of Hastings, Ontario.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey.  It is a large raptor, reaching more than 24 inches in length and 71 inches across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings. I saw a LOT of Ospreys on this trip and at least 20 nests. Here is one of them.

Monday, August 6, 2012

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For you dog lovers, here is a happy good looking dog walking by.

Friday, August 3, 2012

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Here is a weekend project for you DIY types. I call this dilapiadatedous notmaintainous. I hear you can get this for a good price.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in (or stretched-out) neck and long legs trailing out as shown in this image.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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I saw a lot of Canada Geese on this trip to Canada. They even told me to take some back with me because they were such a nuisance. I told them the only thing I will take back are pictures of them. Here are a couple of them checking each other out.