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cormorant taking off Oswego RiverPhotography seems like a mostly visual art: colors and shading and light and images. I’ve noticed that my sense of hearing is usually the first sense I use taking nature photographs. I hear the leaves rustle and I look for the chipmunk, squirrel or snake. I hear the splashing of water and I look for the bathing bird or cascading water. I had looked up at a really really high tower and saw no osprey so I walked on. And then I heard the cheep cheep cheep.Β So I looked again. It is such a dainty call for such a mammoth bird. I’ve had a racing heart multiple times scaring what I believe is a grouse but have been unable to set up the shot fast enough. I was within a few feet of the cormorant that I spooked and it flew off.

flying cormorant Oswego River

I wish I could share the sounds I hear as I walk in the woods. I have taken many shots of the river in the spot where most of the breakwall had eroded away. Today, when I got out of the car — my ears detected the difference first. The sound of loud rushing water greeted me. It took a minute to realize what was different. The area had been built up with rocks changing the flow of the river and changing its voice as well.

I hope you enjoy the walk with nature this week. (click to enlarge any photo).

I’m not sure what these first few critters are. The bird was very tiny and very quick. It was smaller than a chickadee. Any ideas? And the butterfly when it was flitting about looked just like a Cabbage White in size and top coloring but when I looked at it on the computer it had dark veins. So can you name that butterfly? And as long as we are guessing — the ducks seem to be a hybrid of a mallard and maybe an American Black Duck…what do you think?

tiny bird North Bay

unknown butterfly dandelion Granby

ducks Oswego River

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