It took its time but Full-On Autumn has arrived.
The birds know Winter is coming.
Sandhill Cranes make the trip to the warmer South in stages, pausing along the way to rest and glean the fields for food.
The opportunity to watch them and make photographs presents itself annually.
We are fortunate to be on the flyway and the presence of large farms in our area provides the resting spots.
Fall sneaks up slowly.
It you are not looking, it arrives before you know it.
Laurier Woods is an area of bush and beaver ponds in our town. It is easily accessible and provides a “wilderness” experience on the edge of our metropolis. It is family friendly, small enough that getting lost is not an issue. With well maintained trails, even those in wheelchairs can experience at least some of the fun it has to offer.
The North Bay Normal School, built in 1909 had an addition in the 1990’s and became Ontario Government Offices, in use today.
Lake Nipissing provides many opportunities for activity over the Summer.
Juvenile bald eagles have to entertain themselves some way while growing up.
Learning to maneuver is part of the training.
When the sun is hidden, the sunflowers try to take its place.
The colours of Summer are magnified by bright days and a visit to a garden.
When you get lucky the birds contribute as well.
A calm quiet Sunday Morning.
Action on the water.
Normally Duchesnay Falls covers her secrets with lots and lots of water.
In late Summer the water flow is often quite low and one can go places where it would be quite dangerous to attempt during most of the year.
The mystery of what causes the big waves and sprays of water is revealed when the water is low.
It is quite the novelty to stand in places that often are quite inhospitable.
Cool Loon behaviour.
Over the past 10 years or so, Bald Eagles have been moving into the area.
Previously they were rarely seen. Nowadays, sightings are becoming more and more common and the locations of the nests are becoming known.