Winter will win…

However, for now autumn has a firm grip on the ‘nice-o-meter’. A recent trip to Winnipeg revealed one of nature’s truly amazing spectacles. Thousands of Snow Geese lifting off a stubble field with a thunderous roar of wings and honking seem to defy not only gravity but create a nightmare for an aerial traffic cop. How do they not smash each other out of the sky with furiously beating wings?

Many people with bird feeders have a love hate relationship with the Red Squirrel. They are pretty cute and very cleaver about accessing forbidden fodder. This little one was in John and Di’s yard.

A well known biking advocate once said: “Get on a bike. Head for the trail. Feel what it is like to be free” (Thanks Kaeli for the stickers reminding us of Cathy’s love for cycling). So here I go with a bike, a camera, an adventurous spirit, a perfect nice-o-meter day and a beautiful city with a gorgeous river to explore. Come as we gratefully wander among the autumn splendour and see what feast awaits our eyes.

This creature needs a bit of explanation. While looking for some late fall insects still on the move I noticed an odd piece of material on a large rock. It was quite small at about 1 cm. long and seemed to be a mixture of plant debris and sand particles. Fortunately I did not flick it with my finger prior to sitting on the rock. As I examined it more closely I thought I saw it move. I was unprepared for this piece of material to be self-ambulatory so quickly started taking some images. Later, usiing the website I discovered it is a member of the BagWorm Moth family. The larvae apparently spin a sticky silk and attach pieces of material to create a place to hide.

It turns out the gorgeous bug below is a member of the Shield-backed Bugs.

Happy Friday everyone.

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  1. Leona October 24, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

    Beautiful, Trent. Thank you.

  2. Rich B October 23, 2022 at 8:40 am #

    A reminder that there are many wonders of the world left to observe.
    Thank you Trent.

  3. Jan C October 22, 2022 at 6:23 pm #

    Amazing…yet again, thanks Trent!

  4. Diane October 22, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

    Wonderful photos Trent. We wish you had still been at our place when the flocks of wood ducks arrived and captured them eating all the acorns with that mega camera lens of yours! I’m glad the snow geese were on time for your trip and allowed you to photograph their spectacular flight. I have to admit that little red squirrel is pretty cute.

  5. Linda Landine October 22, 2022 at 8:46 am #

    It is so important to “look”

  6. Margaret Lowry October 21, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

    I look forward to your beautiful photos Trent and these certainly do not disappoint.
    Nature is so full of wonders and you have the artist’s eye .
    Many thanks for sharing these ones.


  7. Nola leighton October 21, 2022 at 8:33 pm #

    Love these autumn photos Trent. You certainly zero in on what most of us merely pass by. That bag worm moth larvae’s domicile made us laugh. We are all the richer for your photo ramblings!
    We remember the whitened fields of snow geese we saw with you and Cathy. They were amazing. Beautiful photos.

  8. Miranda October 21, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Trent. Thankyou..We are about to set out in rented campervan through what is normally desert, but due to almost three years of unprecedented /some might even say ‘biblical’ flooding, will be an entirely different scenario.. Your post is a timely reminder to look up, look down and close to the ground, as we make our way from Sydney to Adelaide this week..

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