Fleck Gallery Show Opening

I am very excited to be included in my first showing in Toronto!  If you are looking for something to do Friday, June 6 between 6 and 9 pm please stop by and say hello.  If you think you might be able to attend please RSVP to the Gallery!

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FIRST LOONS OF THE SEASON

The ice didn’t leave my little lake until Saturday, April 26, 2014.  That is the latest date since I bought my place in 1998.  The next morning at 5:20 am I heard a male loon calling.  Spring is really here!  Two days later the female arrived and now their two voices call out during the night.

 

This morning the men who put in my kayak launcher and my dock ladder did their thing and by late this afternoon I was out on my lake checking things out.  The water level is the highest it has ever been and the loons will have a difficult time finding a nesting site.  That doesn’t seem to slow them down, however, as late yesterday afternoon I saw them mating.

 

During my paddle I saw two Wood Ducks fly in and four Canada Geese along a back shoreline.  They don’t appear to have a nest but they have been around since before the snow melted and the ice went out.  The loons may have changed their nesting plans.  Found one frog egg mass.  Could be spring peepers as they have been calling.

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First loon images of 2014 taken with my Canon 7D and the 70-200 @200.

The fall-like colours are from winter kill of some of the pine needles.  Along with the dark red of the leather leaf the reflections in the lake are rich and deep on this shoreline.

 

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The beavers have taken down a few small pines to reinforce their lodge and I think their may be only one family this year.

As I paddled in from my inspection the sweet song of a Hermit Thrush floated over the lake and a distant Barred Owl made its presence known.  It was a very satisfying excursion with hopes for many more and a successful breeding season for the loons.

 

the images in this post are the property of the photographer, Eleanor Kee Wellman, and may not be used for any purpose without the written permission of the copyright holder.