Yellow & Green
This time of year the countrysides outside of Edmonton, Alberta, have many fields planted with Rapeseed, all blooming yellow. This view was outside Acheson, Alberta.
Welcome to Elk Island!
This sign greets visitors to Elk Island National Park, Alberta. It is not really an island, but is a forested area with lakes, beaver ponds, and hills, protected from development, meant to be an "island" of wilderness.
That's My Tail!
This cute little Red Squirrel was photographed at Clifford E. Lee Nature Preserve near Devon, Alberta. He was on the boardwalk, grooming himself. and looked very sweet working on his tail
July in Alberta is surely dragonfly time, with many flying and sitting, many species. This appears to be a male Cherry-faced Meadowhawk. Elk Island, Alberta.
This large quite fluffy bumblebee was really enjoying the fields of pink clover growing at Wagner Natural Area, Alberta.
Franklin Gull Duo
Franklin Gulls are one of the common gull species found in Alberta, Canada. These were shot on Astotin Lake at Elk Island NP.
This type of grebe breeds in Alberta in the summer. It is probably the most common bird on the water at Astotin Lake in Elk Island.
This cute little guy was sitting on the boardwalk at Clifford E. Lee Nature Preserve east of Edmonton, Alberta. He was so busy grooming, he didn't seem to mind my nearby presence with camera.
This type of damselfly was a new one for me, photographed this last week in Alberta. My field guide indicates that it is a male Emerald Spreadwing. I liked the green metallic look of its abdominal segments.
Four Spotted Skimmer
Black Capped Chickadee
This month the Alberta forests are swarming with Black-capped Chickadees. The young are out of the nests, with whole family groups flitting and tweeting.
I finally managed to photograph a Boreal Chickadee. Although I have seen them in Alberta before, I'd never gotten a decent shot. This one was photographed at Wagner Natural Area, Acheson, a little west of Edmonton, Alberta.
Zig Zag Darners
I believe that this pair of mating dragonflies are Zig Zag Darners. They were photographed at Elk Island, Alberta.
Walking in the Snow
Photographing the snowfall from the house where I was staying, I was happy to see this woman walking by, to add to this image. Her red hat added a nice touch.
Red White & Green
During a snow storm in Edmonton last week, I noticed this red-stemmed bush with snow building up on it, contrasted against the green trees behind it.
One afternoon during my recent visit to Edmonton, Alberta, it snowed quite heavily. Being from Southern California, I don't get much chance to photograph snow in progress. This was one shot that I got that afterooon.
Snow in March is considered more of a spring thing, but it was really coming down that afternoon. In the foreground are Mountain Ash berries, the preferred food of Bohemian Waxwings this time of year.
The nuthatch was photographed this week in Edmonton, Alberta, in the forest around the Saskatchewan River Valley. It's still snowy in March, and in fact, snowed 3 or 4 times in the last week.
Female Downy Woodpecker
This cute little woodpecker was photographed in the forest around the Saskatchewan River Valley in Edmonton, Alberta. This view shows the tuft of downy feathers above the upper bill, likely the origin of the name, Downy Woodpecker.