Monday, April 30, 2012

Down By The Riverside

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It was a beautiful day on Sunday, so we decided to go for a walk in Meadowlily. It's a couple of blocks from our house, and the area runs along the Upper Thames River (in London, Ontario, Canada - not England)

Spring splendour along the Thames!

This little Painted turtle (he's about 3 inches long), was basking in the sun.
He looks a little grumpy don't 'cha think?


A handsome Canada Goose couple on the river flats.

And...ta da! My very first Red-winged Blackbird capture!
Although it's not as close as I would have liked,
I was pretty excited to finally get a photo of one!

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43 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic look at your world, Karen!! And such a beautiful place to walk on a spring day!! I do love the turtle and the geese and the red-wing blackbird and the detail captured!! Superb pics for the day. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Debbie said...

beautiful karn, i adore those red wings. mine seem very veyr big this year!!

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful images from your walk. I love turtles - your image is a very nice one. :) Red winged black birds are fairly common in the country in our neck of the woods. We don't see them here in the city. I guess they just don't like city life. :)

Ellie said...

That looks like a very nice place to take a walk. You certainly saw plenty of wonderful wildlife. I thought the turtle looked a bit grumpy too :))

Min fotogen said...

Nice spring photos!
And see new birds for me!

Carver said...

These are all great shots. I love the turtle in particular.

TexWisGirl said...

you had me at the first shot. it is so beautiful!

Maria said...

Lovely shots and lovely weather, also here today in Holland.
The Red-winged Blackbird is beautiful.
regards,
Maria

Gary said...

Great turtle, Karen!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Robert Geiss said...

What a beautiful environment you live in. Please have a good new month.

Snap said...

So pretty. All the colors so bright! The red-winged blackbird really has red wings! Love the happy goose couple! But my favorite is the painted turtle!

Debbie said...

oh karen, i "tried" to comment from my iphone. unsuccessfully i might add!!

Kala said...

Gorgeous nature images - I love that photo of the painted turtle!

Les... said...

Looooovely!!
*is*

Les... said...

Looooovely!!
*is*

Birgitta said...

Beautiful and great photos!

...melody... said...

These are beautiful! I envy your access to so much nature! :) The turtle is simply adorable!

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos you have captured the beauty of the place delightfully and fauna.

Emille said...

The turtle and the geese are lovely, Karen! Great captures:)

Stewart M said...

What a great place to explore.

I really want to see a Red-winged Blackbird for real!

Cheers Stewart M

Black Jack's Carol said...

Ah! I saw Upper Thames and thought England. Then I saw Canada Geese and a Red-winged Blackbird. Wonderful photographs! You give me a goal to shoot for! My turtle, this week, was about a foot long (I'm guessing) and not as sharply focused. I chose to describe his "grouchy" look as "wise".. :)

Dianne said...

Wonderful set of captures Karen ... I love the way those geese have posed for the camera.

Frank said...

A lovely series from alongside the river. Delighted that you got such a good shot of the Red-winged Blackbird.

EG CameraGirl said...

This is a very nice collection of photos. It sure looks like spring!

fjÀllripan said...

Beautiful photos of both the birds and nature! Love the turtle!! :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Okay, came here via WBW looking for birds but was smitten by your turtle. Very nice.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots from your walk. I love the turtle and the geese. The RW Blackbird is a pretty shot!

mick said...

Great scenery and photos and the birds are beautiful.

NatureFootstep said...

nice place with beautiful turtls. And congrats to your blackbird. I saw this one in CostaRica and loved it. :)

Kim, USA said...

Hahahaha I guess so. I think he is doing his nap and he heard you hahahaha. These photo made me laugh! Thanks for joining Water World Wednesday

Luna Miranda said...

love your composition, especially the riverbank photo. i didn't know there's also a Thames in Canada.:p

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a good day.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. Very nice variety.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots. What a lovely area for a walk.

lina@happy family said...

A beautiful place indeed. Love your shots!

Gemma Wiseman said...

A fascinating collection of wildlife along the Thames! Adore the capture of the Canada Geese, but especially love the red on the bird in the last photo!

Pat said...

It looks like a beautiful area. The Red-winged Blackbird is a hard one for me to get too. Kudos to you for this nice shot.

SandyCarlson said...

The turtle shot makes my day!

Springman said...

Funny, I have my own secret stash of turtle pictures! Congrats on the excellent Red-winged BB shot, I'm sure it won't be your last!

HansHB said...

Awesome shots!
I wish you a nice day!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, love that turtle shot!

Arija said...

Isn't it fabulous when you finally get a photo of a bird you have been stalking! I feel the same way. Photographing out in nature is always a challenge. Love your shots!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

How could you NOT fall in love with a place called MeadowLily!! I didn't realize you had your own Thames River and so I wondered for a second there -- thought I knew where you were. So that's my new thing to learn for the day ;>)