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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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Archemedas’s Favorite Pictures (Water Sport / Kayaking)


 

The thrill of kayaking in the white water of a river.

The thrill of kayaking in the white water of a river.

kayaking

This kayaker  shows how to wait for a buddy, or just catch your breath in the middle of a river’s white water.

kayaking

The kayaker in the yellow kayak is going to turn to the left into a current, following his buddy in the red kayak.

Kayaking

The kayakers were heading to this rock formation in the middle of a raging river, a favorite spot for kayakers to take a rest and catch their breaths before continuing down river.

Kayaking

Rested the kayakers head further down river, as a group of white water rafters are taken by motor boat back up river.

These kayakers were kayaking in the white water of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec, by me while I was visiting the Park of Rapids bird Sanctuary.

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.

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Archemedas’s Favorite Pictures (Winter Almost Done In The Park Of Rapids)


 

The Saint Lawrence River is never totally frozen, although where the water runs the slowest it does freeze enough for ice to form ice masses that extend from the shore a short distance into the river, strong enough to ice fish on.

The Saint Lawrence River is never totally frozen, although where the water runs the slowest it does freeze enough for ice to form ice masses that extend from the shore a short distance into the river, strong enough to ice fish on.

As you can see where the water runs fast and furious no ice masses will form and winter does little to low this might river down.

As you can see where the water runs fast and furious no ice masses will form and winter does little to low this might river down.

As winter draws to an end in the Park of Rapids, animals such as the mink become more active and if one is lucky the opportunity for a picture may present itself.

As winter draws to an end in the Park of Rapids, animals such as the mink become more active and if one is lucky the opportunity for a picture may present itself.

Ducks are often return before the winter is over in the Park of Rapids.

Ducks  often return before the winter is over in the Park of Rapids.

 

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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.

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Archemedas’s Favorite Nature Pictures (Birds In Winter Settings)My Backyard


Snowy Owl force down on roof by Black Birds

Snowy Owl forced down on roof by Black Birds

Hawk having lunch in backyard.

Hawk having lunch in backyard.

This Snowy Owl was kept on the roof by these Black Birds for almost 8 minutes.

This Snowy Owl was kept on the roof by these Black Birds for almost 8 minutes.

Hawk protecting its meal

Hawk protecting its meal

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Big hawk in the snow

Big hawk in the snow

 

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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.
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Archemedas’s Favorite Winter Pictures / Cities and Towns (Kingston)


Shoal Tower is a Martello tower located in the harbour of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, directly opposite Kingston City Hall. It is one of four such towers built in the 1840s to protect Kingston's harbour and the entrance to the Rideau Canal.

Shoal Tower is a Martello tower located in the harbour of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, directly opposite Kingston City Hall. It is one of four such towers built in the 1840s to protect Kingston’s harbour and the entrance to the Rideau Canal.

The Prince George Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Kingston, has operated as a hotel for 150 years.

The Prince George Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Kingston, has operated as a hotel for 150 years.

Engine 1095, known as The Spirit of Sir John A. has been a favourite photo back-drop for tourists visiting Confederation Park for more than 40 years.

Engine 1095, known as The Spirit of Sir John A. has been a favourite photo back-drop for tourists visiting Confederation Park for more than 40 years.

The city hall was completed in 1844, with its scale and design reflective of Kingston's status as capital of the Province of Canada at that time.

The city hall was completed in 1844, with its scale and design reflective of Kingston’s status as capital of the Province of Canada at that time.

Across the street from City Hall is the quaint old train station which is now a tourist information site and mini store

Across the street from City Hall is the quaint old train station which is now a tourist information site and mini store

All of the pictures were taken by me on a visit to Kingston, Ontario on a very cold winter’s day, but all of the pictures taken were a short distance from each other making it easier for tourist on foot to get the most out of a cold day.

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.

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Archemedas’s Favorite Nature Pictures (Birds In Winter Settings) / Park Of Rapids


Winter is ending in the Park of Rapids. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Winter is ending in the Park of Rapids.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canada Geese looking for something to eat under the snow. Park of Rapids, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canada Geese looking for something to eat under the snow.
Park of Rapids, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Early arrivals to park of rapids. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Early arrivals to park of rapids.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Family of Geese taking a walk in the snow in Park of rapids. Montrea, Quebec, Canada.

Family of Geese taking a walk in the snow in Park of rapids.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The pictures were taken by me in the Park of Rapids as winter was coming to an end, proving to me that there is always something to see in nature no matter the season.

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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.
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Archemedas’s Favorite Winter Pictures / Outdoor Fun


 

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skate way, the world’s largest skating rink.

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skate way, the world’s largest skating rink.

The Skate way is 7.8 kilometres long, and begins just steps from Canada’s parliament buildings.

The Skate way is 7.8 kilometres long, and begins just steps from Canada’s parliament buildings.

Making creatures out of snow, just for fun

Making creatures out of snow, just for fun

Tobogganing and sledding at Beaver Lake

Tobogganing and sledding

Family fun on the ice

Family fun on the ice

These pictures of fun things to do with our families in winter were taken by me in  Montreal and Ottawa

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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.
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Archemedas’s Favorite Nature Pictures (The American Wigeon)


The American wigeon is a medium-sized bird; it is larger than a teal, but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill.

The American Wigeon is a medium-sized bird; it is larger than a teal, but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill.

The hens have gray and brown plumage. Both sexes have a pale blue bill with a black tip, a white belly, and gray legs and feet.[

The hens have gray and brown plumage. Both sexes have a pale blue bill with a black tip, a white belly, and gray legs and feet.

The breeding male (drake) has a mask of  green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate. Their belly is also white.

The breeding male (drake) has a mask of green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate. Their belly is also white.

The American wigeon is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing.

The American wigeon is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing.

Wigeon also commonly feed on dry land, eating waste grain in harvested fields and grazing on pasture grasses, winter wheat, clover, and lettuce. Having a largely vegetarian diet, most wigeon migrate in the fall well before northern marshes begin to freeze.

Wigeon also commonly feed on dry land, eating waste grain in harvested fields and grazing on pasture grasses, winter wheat, clover, and lettuce. Having a largely vegetarian diet, most wigeon migrate in the fall well before northern marshes begin to freeze.

These pictures of the American Wigeon were taken by me on a visit to The Park of Rapids in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the information about the American Wigeon was taken from Wikipedia.

The American wigeon (Anas americana), also American widgeon or baldpate, is a species of dabbling duck found in North America. It is common and widespread, breeding in all but the extreme north of Canada and Alaska.

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.

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