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As a former French horn player, I love the brassy sounds made by the Trumpeter Swan. The air was ringing with them this morning.
By 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist and extinction seemed imminent. Fortunately a few populations were found, one of which was in a remote area of British Columbia.
Careful reintroductions by wildlife agencies and a group called the Trumpeter Swan Society gradually restored the North American population to over 46,000 birds by 2010.
The Bluffers Park area is the best place in this area to see and hear the trumpeters; the heaviest living bird native to North America.
It was a beautiful sunrise this morning with a temperature of about 0 degrees.
Here are some early morning photos from the Bluffs:
If you look carefully, you can still see a bit of the blue colour of Heart-leaved Aster flowers:
Some interesting tree fungii:
There is a rock at the Bluffs where some kind soul leaves feed every morning. This enabled me to get the following photos:
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze.