Winter Pictures

Archemedas’s Favorite Nature Pictures (Great Blue Heron On A Frozen Pond)


As I and the creatures that inhabit Quebec’s  marshes, bird sanctuaries, bogs and parks wait for spring to take a firm hold I decided to take a visit Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary just to get some fresh air. It was while on this walk that I was reminded how beautiful, resourceful and resilient  the wild creatures of the  world are.

Nun's Island Bird Sanctuary Nun's Island, Quebec, Canada April, 05, 2005

Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary
Nun’s Island, Quebec, Canada
April, 05, 2005

Whether we are students of  nature, practitioners of conservation, or environmental activists; whether we are natural resource developers, holders of oil leases, mining rights, or intending to drill for oil and gas, should not a Great Blue Heron  walking on a frozen,  snow-covered pond in marsh awaken something in us?

Nun's Island Bird Sanctuary Nun's Island, Quebec, Canada April, 05, 2005

Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary
Nun’s Island, Quebec, Canada
April, 05, 2005

It is at  times like this when I get to look upon a Great Blue Heron affording me such an uncharacteristic picture that I truly understand how little we know about nature, its many secrets, hidden treasures and wonders yet to behold.

 

Nun's Island Bird Sanctuary Nun's Island, Quebec, Canada April, 05, 2005

Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary
Nun’s Island, Quebec, Canada
April, 05, 2005

It is the fascination of ordinary folk like you and me when we witness things such as   a Great Blue Heron hunting on a frozen pond that keeps the need to have the desire to have this type of beauty and awe survive the march of progress. The questions that are raised because of it are important, because it is times like this that force us to go in search of answers about things we were so convinced that we already knew the answer to, like ‘How did the Heron learn to ice fish?’

Nun's Island Bird Sanctuary Nun's Island, Quebec, Canada April, 05, 2005

Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary
Nun’s Island, Quebec, Canada
April, 05, 2005

Wanting to know how the fish got to be in that Great Blue Herons mouth, why the Red Tailed Hawk a migratory bird is seen wintering a lot in the province of Quebec and how they both are managing to stay alive, are questions that I hope that my grandchildren will be forced to ask, because they like me were able to go to a place like the Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary and are lucky enough to see the Great Blue Heron ice fishing on a frozen pond.

Nun's Island Bird Sanctuary Nun's Island, Quebec, Canada April, 05, 2005

Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary
Nun’s Island, Quebec, Canada
April, 05, 2005

As I turned to go I felt blessed and knew that there is nothing more humbling, thought-provoking and more beautiful, than nature itself, and everything that comes with it. From the tiniest of insects to the largest of mammals.  Everything is as much a part of  nature as we are and as important to our existence as we are to its.

Note:

I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com.  By going to either site you will be able to view:

  • Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
  • Pictures of both the famous and not so famous historical buildings and structures found in Quebec and Southern Ontario both famous and the not so famous.

Hope to see you there.

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Archemedas’s Favorite Winter Pictures / Cities and Towns (Oka, Quebec, Canada)


Oka Marina Gas Station Oka, Quebec, Canada January 2015

Oka Marina Gas Station
Oka, Quebec, Canada
January 2015

 

Going It Alone Oka, Quebec ,Canada January 2015

Going It Alone
Oka, Quebec ,Canada
January 2015

 

Ice Fishing in Oka Oka, Quebec, Canada January 2015

Ice Fishing in Oka
Oka, Quebec, Canada
January 2015

 

Winter Time Oka, Quebec Canada January 2015

Winter Time
Oka, Quebec Canada
January 2015

 

Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac, or Oka Abbey Oka, Quebec, Canada  January 2015

Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac, or Oka Abbey
Oka, Quebec, Canada January 2015

Note:

I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com.  By going to either site you will be able to view:

  • Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
  • Pictures of both the famous and not so famous historical buildings and structures found in Quebec and Southern Ontario both famous and the not so famous.

Hope to see you there.

 

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Archemedas’s Favorite Winter Pictures (Northern Cardinal Of Cooper Marsh)


The northern cardinal is a North American bird. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States. and  It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrub lands, and swamps.  Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

The northern cardinal is a North American bird. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States.      The northern cardinal is found in woodlands, gardens, shrub lands, and swamps.
Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014
in Ontario, Canada

 

The northern cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21 cm (8.3 in). The male is a vibrant red, has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black. Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

The northern cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21 cm (8.3 in). The male is a vibrant red, has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black.
Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

The female is a dull red-brown shade, has distinctive crest on the head. The female’s mask is gray. Picture taken in park Bovin, on December 29, 2014

The female is a dull red-brown shade, has distinctive crest on the head. The female’s mask is gray.
Picture taken in park Bovin, on December 29, 2014

During the summer months, it shows preference for seeds that are easily husked, but is less selective during winter, when food is scarce. Northern cardinals will also consume insects and feed their young almost exclusively on insects Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

During the summer months, it shows preference for seeds that are easily husked, but is less selective during winter, when food is scarce. Northern cardinals will also consume insects and feed their young almost exclusively on insects
Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

It is believed that Northern Cardinals mate for life, but during winter, the male does not allow his mate to feed with him. With the return of spring we see the practice of mate-feeding when the male brings shucked sunflower seeds and other choice tidbits to the female and places them in her open mouth. Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

It is believed that Northern Cardinals mate for life, but during winter, the male does not allow his mate to feed with him. With the return of spring we see the practice of mate-feeding when the male brings shucked sunflower seeds and other choice tidbits to the female and places them in her open mouth.
Picture taken in Cooper Marsh, on December 14, 2014 in Ontario, Canada

Note:

I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com.  By going to either site you will be able to view:

  • Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
  • Pictures of both the famous and not so famous historical buildings and structures found in Quebec and Southern Ontario both famous and the not so famous.

Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Archemedas’s Favorite Nature Pictures (Red Tailed Hawks Wintering In Quebec)


 

The basic appearance of the red-tailed hawk is blocky and broad in shape.  Markings and hue vary across the subspecies, but a whitish underbelly with a dark brown band across the belly, formed by horizontal streaks in feather patterning, is present in most color variations.   Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

The basic appearance of the red-tailed hawk is blocky and broad in shape. Markings and hue vary across the subspecies, but a whitish underbelly with a dark brown band across the belly, formed by horizontal streaks in feather patterning, is present in most color variations.
Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

 

The red tail, is uniformly brick-red above and light buff-orange below. The bill is short and dark, in the hooked shape and the head can sometimes appear small in size against the thick body frame. Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

The bill is short and dark, in the hooked shape and the head can sometimes appear small in size against the thick body frame.
Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

 

They have a relatively short, broad tails and thick, chunky wings. The cere, the legs, and the feet of the red-tailed hawk are all yellow. Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

They have a relatively short, broad tails and thick, chunky wings. The cere, the legs, and the feet of the red-tailed hawk are all yellow.
Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

 

Immature birds can be readily identified at close range by their yellowish irises. Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

Immature birds can be readily identified at close range by their yellowish irises.
Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

 

 

The red tail, is uniformly brick-red above and light buff-orange below. Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

The red tail, is uniformly brick-red above and light buff-orange below.
Taken in January 2015, on Highway 30

Note:

I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com.  By going to either site you will be able to view:

  • Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
  • Pictures of both the famous and not so famous historical buildings and structures found in Quebec and Southern Ontario both famous and the not so famous.

Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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