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In all their glory

And just like that, they’ve arrived: strutting in the treetops, filling the air with song, dazzling us with their beauty; behold, the warblers are here, in all their glory!

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Blackburnian warbler at Britannia Park on Mother’s Day, 2014

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Rainbow scum?

When the local pond scum starts to look like rainbows, you have to question what exactly was in your drink the night before…

No filter. Just nature, a little high on life.

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Back away slowly…

I stumbled on something fishy going down in a back alley, and let me tell ya, if looks could kill…

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Weekend Highlights

Some highlights from a spring weekend spent on the trails in South Ottawa: a rainy walk at Richmond Conservation Area, and a sunny jaunt at Beryl Gaffney Park. Two local spots that we love to explore, through every season, to see what we can see.

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Rideau Reflections

A back channel on the Rideau river, almost overflowing with spring meltwater

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bare branches overhead, almost bursting with budding leaves

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swirling, artistic impressions almost dancing on the water’s surface.

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Birch wall

I recently visited my newly-found, favourite birch grove again. I must have looked like a doofus, swaying back and forth, leaning a little this way, then that way, until I got into *just* the right awkward pose to create exactly what I was hoping for: a wall of birch, with no sky or ground showing, just glowing white trunks lined up in a row.

This makes me happy, which is weird, but that’s the way it goes.

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Meltwater

All that melting snow has to go somewhere! This babbling creek was a surprise discovery on a trail this weekend. I’m hoping to go back throughout the year and watch as the creek evolves with the changing seasons.

In the meantime, let’s all be mesmerized by the reflection. *oooh, aaah*

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Freeze/Thaw

Over and over, melt then freeze, warm then cold, water then ice…spring is here, leaving pretty patterns in it’s wake.

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Ol’ crazy eyes

A new backyard visitor for the year – Common Grackle. I love his shiny purple head, but I love the crazed look in his eyes even more.

Migration is a-happening, can’t wait to discover more birds, every day!

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A tangible sky

It took it’s sweet time, but it appears as if spring has finally arrived. While I could show you pictures of the melting snow, the singing robins, or the kids on bikes, what really stood out for me today was the colour of the sky after the sun went down. It had this incredible quality to it – something tangible, something that gave pause to the busyness of the day. In shades of mint and teal, indigo and turquoise, the sunny spring day turned to night, and there was hope that winter was putting herself to rest.

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