After spending the night in Chapleau, I started the 400 km drive to Terrace Bay early on this cloudy morning.
I will identify the species at the end of the post.
The Trans Canada Highway in the north of Ontario doesn’t have a tremendous amount of traffic but there is enough to make it a little dangerous to pull off to the side.
For this reason I always take the highway that runs between Chapleau and Wawa. It is full of gorgeous scenery and, today, there was perhaps one vehicle every fifteen minutes. Perfect for regular stops. I was rewarded with very close views of a Sandhill Crane.
I saw a few of these but this is the best I could do for a photograph:
a few insects:
They took off as soon as they saw me – Ring-necked Ducks
Forced to share her nesting platform with two muskrats and a turtle that seems to be sunning himself on the only convenient “rock.”
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)