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:

  1. 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

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

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  3. 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. :)

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  4. 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 :))

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  5. Nice spring photos!
    And see new birds for me!

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

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

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

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

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

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  11. 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!

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

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

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  14. Looooovely!!
    *is*

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  15. Looooovely!!
    *is*

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

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

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

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  19. What a great place to explore.

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

    Cheers Stewart M

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  20. 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".. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  27. Great scenery and photos and the birds are beautiful.

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

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  29. 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

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

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

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  32. Beautiful shots. Very nice variety.

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  33. Beautiful shots. What a lovely area for a walk.

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  34. A beautiful place indeed. Love your shots!

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  35. 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!

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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!

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  38. Awesome shots!
    I wish you a nice day!

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  39. 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!

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  40. 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 ;>)

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