Posts tagged “branches

Bald eagle in a tangle of branches

Whitehorse is home to bald eagles among many other birds – large and otherwise.  We found them on several occasions during our visit there last summer.  This one landed in these twisted branches and I was able to play with her framed by them.


The Burmis Tree

 

Burmis Tree at night - © Christopher Martin-0261

I have driven by the Burmis Tree, an Alberta icon, many times while traveling through the Crowsnest Pass on my between British Columbia and Alberta.  It stands out on a rocky outcrop just above Highway 3 where the road bends into the valley below Turtle Mountain.  This limber pine catches many people’s eye as they travel past with its gorgeous lines and skeletal beauty.  This weekend I drove past close to midnight and stopped for an hour to photograph the tree.  This image is from the western side of the hill facing east.  The limbs were backlit by the headlights of the oncoming traffic and the hill glowed red from their tail lights as they passed by.


Backyard Chickadees

Successful ground foraging - 2013 © Christopher Martin

It was a sunny morning today so I spent some time photographing the Black-capped chickadees that live in our backyard.  There are several of them that share the bird seed we put out with a large flock of Common redpolls and a few Red-breasted nuthatch through the winter.

Perched but looking away - 2013 © Christopher Martin

As from a couple of weeks ago with their redpoll cousins, the chickadees were elusive to capture nicely in flight.  But it was a very nice time with my backyard neighbours.

Dive bomber - 2013 © Christopher Martin

A couple from the morning.

Chickadee in flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I like my backyard, it’s a cool place.

A feast - 2013 © Christopher Martin