Happy Earth Day 2017
One of my most favorite things to photograph in this world is Nature and what she has to share with us. I wanted to share with you some pictures of family in one of the most amazing Provincial Parks in Canada. When Jodeyne and I and our family need to get into nature we look for lakes that will bring peace and tranquility to our body and soul while we gently paddle in our cedar canoe through the calm waters of Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario, Canada.
On these stunning waters we find Loons living it up with the bountiful ecosystem in the lakes. They are very elegant birds, quite whimsically and unique. They sing songs of laughter during the warm seasons, yet remain silent through the winter months. Their melodious songs, when they choose to sing, have a hauntingly mysterious echoing sound that clearly distinguishes them from other birds. They truly seem to be laughing aloud. Seeing them in the wild is an experience everyone should enjoy from time to time. I wanted to share a few of these wonderful moments that I saw this past year before I head up to Canada once again to have our fill of freedom in the Great White North during these next summer months. I can’t wait to get back out there! I have never really shared my passion for nature with the world, just some odds and ends but I think it is time for me to start sharing my experiences to the you. I never ever want to see the world lose its vitality for life, but at the rate we are going I do not know if the world will be able to heal itself from mans demolition to the ecosystems all around the world. Please leave the Earth in a “Better” place than we were born into.
Below is a Family of Loons with a Mother and her Chick
Individual Loon Behaviors
What are the different loon calls?
Adult loons give four basic calls: wail, tremolo, yodel, and hoot.
The yodel is a territorial call given only by male loons. The call begins with three notes that rise slowly and are followed by several undulating phrases. It communicates to any loons in the area I am a male loon, I’m on my territory, and I’m prepared to defend it.
The wail resembles a wolf howl. Individuals use this call to locate other loons. If you listen closely, you will hear a wailing loon saying, where are you?
The hoot is a soft, one-note call loons use in close quarters to call to chicks, mates, or even other loons in a social flock. In social groups, the hoot can be thought of as the loon’s way of saying hi.
Why do chicks ride on their parents’ backs?
Chicks ride on their parents’ backs during the first three weeks of life. Here, they conserve energy, stay warm and are protected from predators like northern pike and bald eagles.
As I sit here and write this post tonight I think to myself just how lucky and fortunate we all are to have nature so close to us. Not everyone has had this kind of experience to be able to embrace its wondrous vitality. I often ponder what it would be like to live in the wild. Harsh, constantly changing, elegant, peaceful yet violent but harmonious to the spirit. Let’s all be thankful for what we have been given and please get out there and see more of what our beautiful planet has to offer us to experience.
The Nature of Things Creates Life, Keep it Alive!