Black Pearl Necklace.
Not quite so skulking a warbler as the mourning, the Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) tends to hang out six feet off the ground or lower. There, it is a highly effective catcher of flies. So much so, in fact, that it was once called the Canada Flycatching Warbler! With their stark black necklaces against their yellow breasts, male Canada warblers are sights to behold, and they are a species of the north's boreal forests, where more than 60% of their population are thought to breed. Adorably and often in sphagnum hummocks, their nests are typically within 6" of the ground...or on it!
A tiny scissor-tailed flycatcher standing in the middle of a road. All of these tiny creatures in such an unforgiving and often hostile world - life is so fragile. I don't understand how some people can move through life without a thought or care for our fellow creatures.
The absolutely gorgeous rocks (limestone or sandstone, maybe?) protecting the shoreline at Cooper Lake State Park. Remember, leave no trace also means leave things where you find them - even pretty things.
In honour of #worldgorilladay here are some photos of mountain gorillas seen in Uganda earlier this year.
To find out more about them, check out my post at www.passportandpixels.com/mountain-gorilla-tracking-in-the-rain-uganda
My brother who loves to travel asked me whether it’s worth getting a DSLR for landscape photos. He asked, “Are the photos really that better than my phone?” I sent him these two photos I took last week at Glacier National Park for comparison. The first was taken with my Nikon D7200 and Tokina 11-16mm, the second with my iPhone. I’m no landscape expert, but to me the DSLR quality is unmistakable. It’s a lot more work than a phone though! My brother wasn’t too impressed when I started mentioning tripods, long exposures and photo stacking. Lol. He did agree the quality was much better. 👌 Because I have a heavy telephoto lens and my first priority is birds and wildlife, I often neglect landscape photography. I was happy to get back into again at Glacier though - that place is so gorgeous it demands it!