Bejewelled webs

I tried to post these images last week, and I think some of you got to see them, others just got the text. The post got caught between being scheduled to be published while I was away for a couple of days, and the wifi outages we had at the same time, then while I was trying to straighten it out, it disappeared. So I’m posting them again today.

These are some of the spiders I’ve encountered on my walks near the Arve River.

 

Grizzly playtime

I’m falling back on images already processed, this week, as I’m heading home in a couple of days, overnighting in London on Wednesday.  It’ll be nice to get back to my large display for image processing, but I’m not really ready to go home…

This is Shadow, the Vancouver Zoo’s grizzly. She was abandoned at a very early age and was not able to be rehabilitated for life in the wild. Here she’s playing in her pond. She was a lot of fun to watch and seemed to play to her audience, tossing and catching rocks and pieces of a branch, then checking to make sure everyone was watching.

Click on image for larger view.Grizzly playing in water

 

 

More Île Rousseau residents

Time is galloping towards the deadline for my return home, and I’m not even going to try to get much final processing accomplished over and above basic stuff to see what I have and make sure that I have quality captures of anything that I might otherwise be able to reshoot.

Thursday we drove up a nearby mountain, about 1000m almost straight up, to have lunch and enjoy the view.  In a word…it was spectacular, I shot some lovely images  — but unfortunately I’ll have to wait to process and post them until after I’m back home.

For today a few images of my sister’s favorite Île Rousseau resident, the wild Greylags, with their white crinoline underparts when they swim… 😊 I believe this is the breed from which domestic grey geese descended.

 

Food fight

These images are from a recent trip into Geneva. All the birds around l’Île Rousseau are usually pretty mellow around each other. However I have noticed that the mergansers can be a little more irritable than the others, and on this particular day they were outright aggressive…perhaps pickings had been slim that day. In any case, on one occasion a merganser had taken it out on a mute swan, actually ending up on the swan’s back! In these images, it’s just an altercation between mergansers over a piece of bread.

If you enlarge the second image you can see the pursuing merganser’s eye amid the spray.

 

 

Birdbath

On Monday evening during a storm we lost our tv and wifi signal and I wasn’t able to post anything before an early morning departure yesterday for a two-day trip to Alsace. Thank you to everyone who liked and commented on my swan image. 😊

For the next few days I will probably have to restrict myself to short, single image posts as I’m heading home to Canada in a week and I may not have a lot of time to process images between now and then. Our quick trip to Alsace included visits to two medieval towns and a large castle high up on a hill. Gorgeous! I shot a lot of images and I’ll feature some of them on mythical horse once I’m back home and have a chance to process them.

Today’s image shows a young house sparrow sharing the birdbath with a clay bird…and of course the birdbath frog. Click on the image for a larger view. House sparrow sharing birdbath with clay bird

 

 

Bathing mute swan

When we visit Geneva, I love going to l’Île Rousseau in downtown Geneva, where Lake Geneva becomes the Rhone River, to watch the birds there. Most times I go, there is much grooming going on. The mute swans in particular have recently been going overboard with their preening, literally capsizing themselves and rolling over, feet uppermost, so they are as wet as possible (I presume) before righting themselves and thoroughly attending to their feathers. I will be posting more images of these swans once I get home and get some serious processing under my belt — while I’m away I’m processing only a minimum number of images. For now there’s just this one which I decided to process in black and white to highlight the texture of the feathers, water drops, and swirling water.

Click on image for larger view. Mute swan bathing, wings flapping