Anne Elliott's photos with the nature

Start of the storm

Start of the storm
A strong Pacific Jetstream caused dramatic weather the day of this trip, along with rain and very strong winds that brought down trees, powerlines, falling glass from windows of office blocks in downtown, fanned wildfires, and so on.

Friend Gayle had a…
Added on November 17, 2017

Barn Owl

Barn Owl
To me, these owls always look as if their face has been sewn up, right down the centre. Such strange looking birds.

This particular Barn Owl resides at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, southern Alberta. We do not get Barn Owls in the wild…
Added on November 17, 2017

Spider walking on snow

Spider walking on snow
Today would have been my older daughter's birthday. Hard to believe that on 3 January 2018, it will have been three years since she died. Thinking of you, Fiona, as always.

This morning, 16 November 2017, it is snowing again. Our temperature is -10C (…
Added on November 16, 2017

Common Redpolls / Acanthis flammea

Common Redpolls / Acanthis flammea
"As energetic as their electric zapping call notes would suggest, Common Redpolls are active foragers that travel in busy flocks. Look for them feeding on catkins in birch trees or visiting feeders in winter. These small finches of the arctic tundra and b…
Added on November 15, 2017

One of a pair

One of a pair
A new Great Horned Owl for me yesterday and one the previous day (in Fish Creek Park). Lucky me! The one in this photo was seen at one of our stops yesterday. A second owl was perched just above this one, but was half hidden by branches. I had seen Gr…
Added on November 13, 2017

Shadows

Shadows
I did start typing a description early this morning, but must have got distracted by something, and I lost the description. I was in such a hurry, as I overslept by 45 minutes and I was going to meet a few friend for a day trip S and SE of Calgary. What…
Added on November 12, 2017

Couple of Coots / Fulica americana

Couple of Coots / Fulica americana
In the afternoon of 12 September 2017, I just needed a short break from watching TV footage of all the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in south-east U.S.. Decided to dash down to a wetland in SW Calgary, hoping to see a few birds. Half…
Added on November 12, 2017

Lest we forget

Lest we forget
How important it is for us to remember those who have served their country (not just Canada) and made the ultimate sacrifice. Unfortunately, there are thousands more on this Continent and elsewhere across the globe, who have returned from fighting, only…
Added on November 11, 2017

American Tree Sparrow / Spizelloides arborea

American Tree Sparrow / Spizelloides arborea
"Plump and long-tailed, American Tree Sparrows are busy visitors in winter backyards and weedy, snow-covered fields across southern Canada and the northern United States. Hopping up at bent weeds or even beating their wings to dislodge seeds from grass he…
Added on November 11, 2017

Yesterday's absolute treat - the size of your fist!

Yesterday's absolute treat - the size of your fist!
Such an awful quality image, taken in really bad light and in the woods, and close to being a black silhouette - but still so cute and precious. I rescued it the best I could, but thank goodness I have an album full of much better photos of Northern Pygm…
Added on November 10, 2017