Thursday, July 18, 2019

It is really a Great Blue Heron

"On the shore a bat, or possibly an umbrella, disengages itself from the shrubbery, causing those nearby to recollect the miseries of childhood."

from The Object-Lesson
by Edward Gorey

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sunday Canoe Trip Loon Distraction Display or Snoopy Dance?

*July 16 about 7:00 am I saw a young bear swimming across 
the narrow spot in the slough in front of the cabin. It
might be the same one that drinking from the pond in
Rigmor's front yard a couple of days ago. Then on the way
to Shellbrook a sow and three cubs crossed the highway. 
I was unable to get a photo in either case.

"And then I hear
outside, over the actual waves, the small,
perfect voice of the loon. He is also awake,
and with his heavy head uplifted he calls out
to the fading moon, to the pink flush
swelling in the east that, soon,
will become the long, reasonable day."

from The Loon
by Mary Oliver

We changed our route to avoid the area the loon
was obviously guarding.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sunday Canoe Trip, Larger Slough Young Yellow-Headed Blackbird

The lily flowers always seem alien to us.

We loved these shots of the Song Sparrow they 
reminded us of wildlife dioramas. They also show
the small liminal landscape that exists at the edge of
the slough under the shadows of the overhanging

The birds with young are either secretive or carrying out
distraction displays. With the Yellow-Headed Blackbirds it 
was a bit of both. When we paddled over to the reed bed in 
deep in the slough to see what they were up to we saw several
young clinging to the reeds, so we took a couple shots and 
backed up to avoid disturbing them. There are no cabins on the 
slough and it is both shallow and inaccessable which limits most
motor boats and the disruptive wakes they can produce.

“In general the assumption of all of us, child or adult, was that this was a new country and that a new country had no history. History was something that applied to other places.” 

from Wolf willow
Wallace Stegner

Poorer quality shots but it looks like at least three more chicks 
at various stages of development.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Spring Azure?

"We have not heard the music of the spheres,

The song of star to star, but there are sounds
More deep than human joy and human tears,
That Nature uses in her common rounds"

from Voices of the Earth
by Archibald Lampman

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Great Blue Heron on the slough

"Seedpods helicopter down

and sink under the diamond surface
where they become sleek schools of minnow,
moving sharp as a single thought.
Everything that loves to live comes here,
to the edge of water, though it changes
those who gaze or move through it. "

from Mergansers
by Michael redhill

Saturday, July 13, 2019


"The wasp and all his numerous family 
I look upon as a major calamity. 
He throws open his nest with prodigality, 
But I distrust his waspitality. "

Ogden Nash

Friday, July 12, 2019

Road Trip to Spiritwood Last Week (Lunch with Pam)

"Do not think for one minute it is the Poem that matters.

Is is not the Poem that matters.
You can shove the Poem.
What matters is what is out there in the large dark
and in the long light,

from Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear
by Gwendolyn MacEwen