Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Bay

I'm a little late with this, but, better late than never, I guess.  The same day I went to Lake Ontario and saw the Sailboarding, I decided to drive to the Bay and see how the weather was affecting it.  I found a spot that I had not been to before, but that I will go to again.  Not surprisingly the water was a lot calmer, because the Bay where I was is sheltered from the wind by a large and permanent sandbar.

The first thing I saw as I walked up to the water was this Great Blue Heron.  He stayed until I was pretty close to him, then flew slowly off.

When I looked out into the Bay, I saw that there was a great flotilla of Mute Swans feeding a distance from shore.  This is just some of them.

They are so graceful and serene.  It's hard to think of them as invasive and potentially dangerous to the native populations of water birds.

Even this still picture captures they magnificent power.

There were lily pads floating close to the shore.

And, floating among those lily pads, more Mallards.  Interestingly, these guys weren't as nonchalant around humans as the ones on the Lake were.  They are probably not as used to being watched and photographed, as this sandbar is not heavily travelled.

As beautiful as the birds were, I was just as interested in the plants growing along the water's edge.  I wish I had thought to come here earlier in the year, as it would have been fascinating to watch the way the plants progress through the seasons.

This is, I am pretty sure, a sedge grass of some kind.  It has three sides, anyways.  The seed pods located on the stem, but not at the end were fascinating.  I wonder what the flower looked like?

And, I wonder what the flowers looked like on this plant?  Maybe someone can tell just from the seed pods?

I'm very excited to have found this spot, and can't wait to start going there in the early Spring, to see what shows its face.


Sharon said...

Really nice pictures, I hope you can access the area in the Spring, it looks like a nice place for bird watching and having a picnic. (And plant identification, of course!)

Canyon Girl said...

What beautiful pictures -- those swans are just gorgeous - how great to capture on in flight. And that seedpod is very interesting. Of course I'm not the person to tell you anything about it.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Terrific pictures Louise!! I also really enjoy the plants that grow around water. Some of them are really lovely and interesting in all seasons!
Hope you're having a good weekend!!

sophie... said... are so fortunate to have these nearby. The only place I am able to see them is in a Public Garden in the middle of the city. More pics pls!

Terry said...

I don't know how you take such good bird photos. I think they are so hard to photograph.

Lori Skoog said...

Nice shots Louise. I love water....period.