Category Archives: mammals

Ecotone walk

  I could have merely spoken of a walk along the beach, but, I wanted to emphasize something subtly different than such a stroll. An ecotone is a place where ecologies are in tension (in Greek, the word is tonos). It describes … Continue reading

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Portrait of a fawn

   

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July goulash

  This is a collection of a dozen images from July, none of which has had a posting of its own. Where have all the male Mallards gone? They are here, but are in their eclipse plumage, which makes them … Continue reading

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Species diversity

  A year ago on Canada Day, I posted a collection of my favourite images from the previous decade, and said: “My two-dozen mute portraits offer peeks into the charm and beauty of life in Canada.” Commenting on it, Carlo … Continue reading

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June goulash

  This a collection of June images, none of which has had a posting of its own. A female Common Yellowthroat watches for insects to eat. A male Common Yellowthroat has managed to catch a bug to eat. Two Yellow-bellied … Continue reading

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Pika cries “eep!”

  Pikas live in talus, usually near the treeline. The talus visited two days ago was near neither road nor trail. The pikas that lived there would likely be unfamiliar with humans, as even access from below was impeded by … Continue reading

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Kisses

  Marmots are playful and affectionate. We have two species around the Lake: the smaller, Yellow-bellied Marmots, live in the valleys; the larger, Hoary Marmots, live high in the mountains. These Hoary Marmots were seen at about 1600 metres elevation. … Continue reading

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Sub-alpine delights

  There are delights in the high country that are unknown, or uncommon, in the valleys. Items, below, were seen a few days ago at an elevation of about 1600 metres. This is the Western Anemone (Pulsatilla occidentalis). Another term for … Continue reading

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Bear colour

  Black Bears are so called because all are apparently black on the east side of the continent where they were named.  However around here, Black Bears come in a remarkable range of hues: black, chocolate, cinnamon, beige, cream, and … Continue reading

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Rapidity of May

  The rapidity of May is the speed of change that takes place as the region shifts from winter to summer. Events pile up on my camera. Here are a few of them. The rising waters of the Lake overflow … Continue reading

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