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One of our photos taken from the car while traveling to Vancouver BC Canada to see one of our Daughters/Hubby and Grand Children ~ If your in British Columbia it is a must see.

Canyon de Chelly long served as a home for Navajo people before it was invaded by forces led by future New Mexico governor Lt. Antonio Narbona in 1805. In 1863 Col. Kit Carson sent troops to either end of the canyon to defeat the Navajo population within. The resulting devastation led to the surrender of the Navajos and their removal to Bosque Redondo, New Mexico.[7]Canyon de Chelly National Monument (/dəˈʃeɪ/ də·shā′) was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres (131.0 sq mi; 339.3 km2) and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. None of the land is federally owned.[5] In 2009 Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.[6]

Explore Dec 15, 2009 Northern Pintail (m) Best Viewed Large On Black Northern pintails are among the first ducks to migrate south in the fall and north in the spring. Over half of the pintail population in North America migrates through California. IMG_0274

Fleuve Saint-Laurent

Cacouna (Rivière-du-Loup), Québec

 

Le Saint-Laurent est un fleuve situé en Amérique du Nord. Issu des Grands lacs, il coule vers le nord-est et se jette dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent puis dans l'océan Atlantique. Il est nommé en l'honneur de Laurent de Rome. Wikipedia

 

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St. Lawrence River

Cacouna (Rivière-du-Loup), Québec

 

The Saint Lawrence River is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. Wikipedia

 

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Front Page Group: Top picks of the week - January 3rd, 2012 - Special Shots Well Taken Group

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Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is bounded on the north and southwest by the Canadian province of Ontario, and on the south and east by the American state of New York. Ontario, Canada's most populous province, was named for the lake. In the Wyandot (Huron) language, ontarío means “Lake of Shining Waters”. It is the last in the Great Lakes chain and serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River

With the outbreak of frigid air across much of North America, it seemed like a good time for some warmth in this week’s Cliche Saturday image. Here’s a shot of a water lily taken just before sunset on a late September evening at Chicago Botanic Garden.

 

HCS!

We spent the weekend in Ashville NC and drove back home to Gastonia NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A wonderful drive along Americas longest linear park 469 miles (755 km) and part of the Appalachian Mountains. The upper elevations were past their prime color, cool and very windy, but I expected that and they were still beautiful. The best color was about 3,000 feet on the mountain road like the image above. This road is a National Treasure, beautifully maintained and well worth the time for the traveler to North Carolina and Virginia. There are a few brilliant small little towns alone the road, be sure and stop a while. :-)

I've just returned from a week in New Orleans, so will be busy processing photos.

In the meantime here is another photo from our Canadian Rockies trip last year - sunrise at Bow Lake.

Colorado Springs, CO - Watching these enormous birds fish is one of my favorite past times and this one didn't dissapoint at all. It was almost as if he wanted to show off for me ...

 

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_blue_heron/id

Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

USA

 

Some of my best images from the trip to Yellowstone were my otter images which I love, so here is another one, and there will probably be more.

Located by Torrey, Utah, this is the largest exposed monocline, or waterpocket fold in North America, extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell. Method of travel was extremely difficult prior to 1962 (new road access via route 24.) The dirt road on the lower part of this shot must have been the only way to get around. This area, although beautiful, is still somewhat isolated and desolate.

Last week I was out on the Eastern Plains looking for something of merit to photograph. The view of the weather out there is magnificent. I could see the storm coming and before I knew it, I was in it. It was a downpour with violent lightning and thunder. When it passed I enjoyed the sounds of silence and the moist wet air that followed. The sunset that night was a celebration of yet another wonderful day's end.

The smallest woodpecker in North America, it is common and widespread, although it avoids the southwest. In the east this is the most familiar member of the family, readily entering towns and city parks, coming to backyard bird feeders. Its small size makes it versatile, and it may forage on weed stalks as well as in large trees. In winter it often joins roving mixed flocks of chickadees, nuthatches, and other birds in the woods. (audubon.org)

 

Saw this lovely bird in Central Park, NYC, New York while traveling with our youngest daughter to some medical residency interviews. One was in NYC where her older sister works, so we were blessed to be able to spend some time with her also. This year has been a challenging year as my oldest daughter had a rare tumor surgically removed last February 2016, just to have it return later in October. There is no known cure and she has started oral chemo. She still is thankfully working full time and has even begun some volunteer work lately. With her situation and our other daughter having some struggles in this last year of medical school, my husband and I have spent much time traveling back and forth from our home in southern California to the northeast where both girls reside. My faith in God and my delight in His beautiful creation has been a great source of hope, and nature reminds me of His goodness daily...

A little change from all the winter captures yet to come ;-). Taken in 2015 and processed only recently. The birds have flown in from Flypaper. Just got back from the short "winter break" and will start catching up.

 

Hope you all had a peaceful week and will hang on in there until the weekend!

 

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to view, possibly commenting or faving. Very much appreciated.

Fleuve Saint-Laurent

Cacouna (Rivière-du-Loup), Québec

 

Le Saint-Laurent est un fleuve situé en Amérique du Nord. Issu des Grands lacs, il coule vers le nord-est et se jette dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent puis dans l'océan Atlantique. Il est nommé en l'honneur de Laurent de Rome. Wikipedia

 

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St. Lawrence River

Cacouna (Rivière-du-Loup), Québec

 

The Saint Lawrence River is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. Wikipedia

 

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Fleuve Saint-Laurent

Rivière-du-Loup, Québec

 

Le Saint-Laurent est un fleuve situé en Amérique du Nord. Issu des Grands lacs, il coule vers le nord-est et se jette dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent puis dans l'océan Atlantique. Il est nommé en l'honneur de Laurent de Rome. Source

 

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St. Lawrence River

Rivière-du-Loup, Québec

 

The Saint Lawrence River is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. Source

 

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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

USA

 

Coyote walking in the snow in Yellowstone National Park.

 

For information on these canids visit:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote

 

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a canid native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf, and slightly smaller than its other close relatives, the eastern wolf and the red wolf. It fills much of the same ecological niche as the golden jackal does in Eurasia, though it is larger and more predatory. It is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America, southwards through Mexico, and into Central America.

I first learned of this amazing courtship ritual about 10 yeas ago while watching the original Planet Earth. Last week, it was a true joy to see, hear and photograph it in person. Here's a description from Cornell's Birds of North America, "Rushing: two birds turn to one side, lunge forward body completely out of water, and run rapidly across the surface side by side occasionally with one or more other birds. Posture unique, wings lifted, not extended, scapulars spread, but remiges folded. Unknown if wing in this position provides lift during Rushing. After Rushing 5 to 20 m, wings lowered and bird dives headfirst. No vocalization, but pattering of feet (16–20 steps/s) audible at considerable distance."

Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath Falls, Oregon. 5/2017

La place Royale

Ville de Québec (Vieux-Québec) Québec

 

La Place Royale de Québec est située dans la Basse-Ville dans l'arrondissement historique du Vieux Québec; elle est considérée comme le plus ancien établissement français en Amérique. Elle est au centre du site historique et archéologique de l'Habitation-Samuel-De Champlain, classé en 2008, qui correspond à l'emplacement de la fondation de Québec. On y trouve l’église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, la plus vieille église en pierre d'Amérique du Nord. Source

 

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La Place Royale

Quebec City (Old Quebec) Québec

 

Place Royale in Quebec City is located in the Lower Town Historic District of Old Quebec and is considered the oldest French settlement in America. It is the center of the historic and archaeological site Housing-Samuel-de-Champlain, classified in 2008, which corresponds to the location of the founding of Quebec. There is the church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America.

 

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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

USA

 

Best seen in Lightbox -

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The American bison is the national mammal of the United States.

 

From Wikipedia-

 

The American bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo or simply buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds. They became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle, and have made a recent resurgence largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves. Their historical range roughly comprised a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada's far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo León, and east to the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States (nearly to the Atlantic tidewater in some areas) from New York to Georgia and per some sources down to Florida. Bison were seen in North Carolina near Buffalo Ford on the Catawba River as late as 1750.

 

Two subspecies or ecotypes have been described: the plains bison (B. b. bison), smaller in size and with a more rounded hump, and the wood bison (B. b. athabascae)—the larger of the two and having a taller, square hump.

Furthermore, the plains bison has been suggested to consist of a northern (B. b. montanae) and a southern subspecies, bringing the total to three. However, this is generally not supported. The wood bison is one of the largest wild species of bovid in the world, surpassed by only the Asian gaur and wild water buffalo. It is the largest extant land animal in the Americas.

There wasn't much colour, this was the best there was, for the sunrise at Bow Lake, Canadian Rockies.

Sometimes when I’m walking with Blanca, I hear your voice in the distance, that unmistakable melodic honking. I stop in my tracks, eagerly scan the sky in every direction, and when I spot you, I smile and feel happy! It may just be a pair of you flying to the next sea stack. You like the fresh spring grass on top of those rocks.

 

At certain times, though, large groups of you travel in glorious V-formations high up in the sky, often against a wicked wind, and then I bask in the polyphonic parade passing over me … honestly, it gives me goose bumps every time! When I see you all coordinated like that, I know there really is a deeper truth in everything. You’re such a magnificent and beautiful bird and I love you!

 

What a fine couple you two make, and you’ll be together all your lives. Here in this remote coastal area, you are truly wild and not easy for humans to approach. I took care not to press you until you flew off. I like you to feel comfortable and relaxed when I take your picture, with no need for you to leave. The wind was blowing so hard that I could hardly hold the camera steady, even with my knee as a tripod, and Blanca crouched down beside me to shelter from the wind, but it didn’t seem to affect you at all.

 

Be the noble navigator in the winds high above North America!

Claudia

 

Becouse we are now forth largest city in north America

Uptown Bay & Yorkville

Common Tern

 

A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread Tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.

My version of the quintessential Wave scene thats already well documented and photographed.

This was on top of my bucket list. Really glad i got to experience the place and felt accomplished.

 

The first Greek amphitheater in North America was built on this site in 1901. It was used for sporting events and theatrical performances. The tessellated pavement and stoa were added in 1909. The theatre was the site of a number of productions of Greek and Shakespearean dramas.

Richmond, Virginia - North America, like Europe, have the most beautiful winter colours...

Corkscrew Swamp

Sanctuary

Southwest Florida

 

The little blue heron (Egretta caerulea) is a small heron. It breeds in the Gulf states of the US, through Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and Uruguay. It is a resident breeder in most of its range, but some northern breeders migrate to the southeastern US or beyond in winter. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range, as far as the Canada–US border.

 

Colorado Springs, CO

 

I have not seen any hummingbirds yet this year, but I think the feeders will go up tomorrow ...

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called the sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from Eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas.[1] It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable.

These are 15' to 18' tall.

May 21, 2017, at Dinner Island Ranch, Wildlife Management Area. Hendry County, Florida, USA.

The Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) is resident in eastern North America, Central America and northern South America.

Widespread and abundant in much of North America, the introduced European starling is arguably and problematically the most successful bird on the continent. Often characterized as bold, this bird is actually fairly wary and can be difficult to approach. Poly-typic. Length 8.7" (22 cm). Stocky and short tailed, often seen strutting about lawns and parking lots. Flight profile distinctive: buzzy in sustained flight, wings look triangular in more leisurely flight. In flight, wings appear translucent. Adult: one molt per year, but fresh fall adults look very different from summer birds. On freshly molted birds, black plumage has white spots all over; by winter, spots start to disappear; and by spring, the birds are glossy black all over, with strong suffusions of iridescent pinks, greens, and ambers. Bill usually gray in fall and yellow by winter, but this character varies with diet. Male: with good look, note blue-based bill. Female: with good look, note pink-based bill, paler eyes. Juvenile: distinctive; dark gray-brown feathering all over. Birds begin a complete molt into adultlike plumage soon after fledging, and briefly exhibit a striking mosaic of juvenal and adult feathers.

Otherwise known as a White-tailed Jack Rabbit, this Prairie Hare has just run in a wide, sweeping circle, and returned very close to his starting point - where I'm standing with my camera. This isn't even running; more like crow-hopping. These critters can leap 12 to 20 feet, cruise at 35 mph with bursts as fast as 45 mph. (Note that I am not hard-wired into metric thinking forty years after our government made it law. I can do it when I must. Today I don't feel like doing it.)

 

My Audubon guide to the mammals of North America is now 37 years old. It can still be useful when I have something unusual to I.D., although that rarely happens with mammals. Birds are a far more reliable source of confusion, and I am certain that insects eventually will drive me crazy. Anyway, the mammal guide's description of this species ends with: "the young White-tails make better table fare than the Black-tails." I hope there are mammal guides available today that don't include the tastiness of each species in their descriptors.

 

Not that the hare cares. He has owls and coyotes to watch for. Photographers do not seem to be a huge concern.

 

Photographed just outside the boundary of Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan. Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission :copyright: 2017 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

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