Pippy Park Success

Stubborn! It worked with the second intend. Walking along Kent’s Pond and then down to Long Pond, I passed Pippy Park and found the Fluvarium I was looking for the other day.

All the people walking or running along the lakes and river definitively doesn’t help spotting birds and other animals. Nevertheless, I saw Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, American Crows, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintail, Common Terns, an Osprey circling over the lake at high altitudes, a sparrow like bird which I am not able to identify and flocks of European Starlings. Even a squirrel crossed my path. The first squirrel I saw here in St. John’s.

Here the unidentified sparrow like bird. Can you assist me with the ID?

Unidentified

 

 

 

Father Troy’s Trail

A two hour hike along the eastern shores of Newfoundland from Flatrock Cove to Torbay. There was a strong wind from land side which may, a bit stronger, could have pushed us off the cliff. Said this, the difficult part was the first part, even for a Swiss, the rest was easy hiking.

I spent two hours taking photos of birds before we actually started the trail. This explains why the sky still was cloudy on the first shot and later all clouds are gone.

I spotted dolphins! Besides that, a lot of gulls but also Northern Gannet, Black Guillemot and Semipalmated Sandpiper. I will share these shots on my FB page dedicated to Nature Photography: https://www.facebook.com/MuuuhMedia/

For the complete collection of all species I have seen and I was able to take a photo: https://xcmsmedia.appspot.com/species?view=selector

All landscape photos of the gallery above have been taken with iPhone 7 and published without any editing.

Pippy Park Failure

With Google Maps, the way how I travel has changed fundamentally. But today Google Maps failed me as there are two Pippy Parks and I accidentally went for the second one which is a golf course.

I am no friend of golf courses. I consider the relation between the size of the ball and the field it is played on as almost perversely out of proportions and I think it is unfair to reserve such a huge space for so few people.

 

Anyway, it was not obvious on Google Maps that the second Pippy Park is a golf course with restricted access and I had to look for an alternative. I found a natural area adjacent to Airport Heights Park.

It Is No Secret …

.. that Newfoundland owns unique and beautiful landscapes attracting many tourists year over year. The place is also known for great opportunities to see and observe wildlife like birds, whales, moose and more.

Green Boat

I shouldn’t be that surprised about what I saw on my first two days hiking in and around St. John’s. Nevertheless, it’s overwhelming! Almost happy that tomorrow rain is expected and therefore I may have the possibility to relax and regain some energy for the following days.

Whale watching from the beach.

No need to search long for birds.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Unusual. Usually, I travel to places I know, like visiting family back in Switzerland, stopping by a place to meet people I work with or going back to a place I already lived at.

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Not for this summer vacation, I decided to visit a new place. The choice felt on St. John’s because it is at the sea, it is just a short flight away, there is wildlife just across the street and finally, I saw some photos of the colourfully painted houses and I looked forward to see them personally.

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Standing 10 minutes at the exit of the airport, I joked to return immediately as I haven’t seen one bird, not one. A joke. Let’s see what I will bring back from this trip. Later that day, I saw some birds and I even took a photo of what I suspect was a European Starling.

Reflections

Something different than the usual. Raw shots without editing from my iPhone to the cloud and back to my laptop to find the way, finally, into this small gallery.

I have been looking for repetition, disruptions of intended structures, but mostly for reflections. Reflections of buildings within other buildings as metaphor.

It has been 5 years since my last visit in Atlanta. A great opportunity to compare who I was then and where I got during these years.

Biking around Island Montreal – 200+ km

Cycling is my preferred way to travel because different to walking or hiking you actually get somewhere. And on the bike, I feel a strong freedom in my choice where to go. At least for the first few miles.

Anyway, to start my 2017 bike tours on Island Montreal, I began slowly and tested my bike, bags and equipment by visiting Ile de la Visitation. I then increased the pace and biked to Technopark, Park Pointe-aux-Prairies and finally to Park Ile Bizard.

I geared up my bike by adding feet bracelets to the pedals for the last tour. I had them years ago and I remembered that they ease biking a lot but now I am not sure if that was just wishful thinking. On my last trip, I was faster in average but it could be due to having improved my condition over these days. The bracelets are definitively a hassle with all the stop lights in Montreal, though.

The purpose of these trips was not only to cycle around although this is enjoyable itself. With the bike, I am able to get to parks which are difficult to reach by public transportation and the reason to visit these parks is mainly, and you may know it already  by now, to take photos of Island Montreal’s wildlife.

I add here some shots including two species which I observed for the first time and a Great Egret flying by from my last trip.

I have added all photos except the flowers to my galleries:
https://xcmsmedia.appspot.com/species?view=selector
The over 20 new flowers are still in process to be identified and will be added over the next few days.