Friday, June 17, 2011

A Day at A Rocha

On may 28,2011,I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite places,the A Rocha Field Station in Manitoba.I know I have mentioned this place before,but for those who may not remember or are new,this is a Christian Conservation association.The scope of their efforts are to bring awareness about our world,from a Christian viewpoint.We are stewards of this planet and therefore should take care of it responsibly.
On this day they featured a workshop regarding the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas,which I as well as many others are helping with.
After the workshop,we went on hike,trying to put our newly learned skills to use.
Of course we were out to find birds,which we did,but on this day most of them were identified by song or at best a brief glimpse.

This American Redstart,sat just long enough for me to one shot.

Seeing that I am a photographer,I see more than just birds.
This little scene demanded that I stop and get at  least one picture.
I am not sorry I did.

Even before we set out on our hike we saw lots of birds.Seeing that they came to the feeders,they were easy photo subjects,and of course I couldn't resist.
Notice the chewed up base on the feeder.It would be my guess that a Squirrel has wanted some of those tasty seeds.
This is a male Purple Finch.I love their color.

Waiting patiently in the Oak tree was this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Unfortunately,it was an overcast day,so the pictures are lacking some of that sparkle.

As I left this place,I noticed the dark clouds.
I once again had to stop and get some pictures.Those clouds looked very ominous,but for this day,at least ,they didn't bring much rain.

I hope you enjoyed this little look into a day at A Rocha.
For a short video about A Rocha and what they do go to this link:A Rocha Video
This will tell you more than I can.If you have a quick eye,you may spot both Jake and me in the shots,as well as some pictures we have taken.

Thought for Today:
You have made known to me the path of life,
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

48 comments:

Christine said...

Wonderful photos Ruth! Have a blessed day.

TexWisGirl said...

those are beautiful. especially enjoy the little moss. just a great photo.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are just lovely, Ruth. As much as I enjoyed the birds, though, I think my favorite was the landscape with the clouds. Beautiful.

Debbie said...

awesome photo's today, of sweet little birdies.

i also love the moss on the rock. one of those spots you turn and look at several times before realizing, wow, that's a great shot!!

my eye would be drawn to that also!!!

Arija said...

I watched the video twice just to get a glimpse of you and Jake and your bird shots. So glad you had a chance to go there again and photograph those lovely birds, the undulating fields and magnificent clouds.

Sandra said...

I think i saw you and Jake on that bobsled thing with all the people flying down the chute in all that snow... LOL
i did not know Manitoba had praries, i thought they were just here. seems i learn a dozen new things a day. I LOVE that cloud shot. WOW on that one. and the first bird is so sweet and cute. sounds like a wonderful place to visit

Janice K said...

That must have been a really fun day. I really liked the Restart picture.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love this post! I guess my birdwatching skills are getting rusty. We have lots of house finches, and your purple finch looks just like them. I just can't tell one from the other! And the Redstart, at first I thought it was a red-winged blackbird, but I can see now that it is more colorful! I have never gotten a picture of either. Darn, I couldn't find you and Jake in the video, but there were lots of people in it.

D said...

Ruth, as always your photos are wonderful! I think that same finch was at our feeder. ;) Your final photo of the landscape is quite captivating.

Muffy's Marks said...

I love your capture of the gifts "Our Maker" has shared with us. Thank you.

Karin said...

Oh, I really love that little moss knoll! So pretty! All those birds are just so sweet! Wishing you a lovely week-end!

My name is Riet said...

Your bird photo's are super Ruth. So good you could get so close to get them so clear.

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful tour, love your shots, especially the clouds. Overcast days are my favorite for taking pictures, they have such a soft light.

forgetmenot said...

I definitely enjoyed the visit to A Rocha--beautiful photos of the birds. Such a nice day you must have had. Mickie :)

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful shots! The Redstart is very pretty.
Glad you had a great day!

Diane said...

Your pics are beautiful Ruth. Even the moss is pretty. I watched the video and I think I saw you in the birding group. Thanks for sharing. Diane

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth,
I've seen your comments on a few blogs that I visit and decided to hop on over to your blog and check it out. You have a lovely blog, I enjoyed seeing your photos!
I look forward to seeing more.
-Marissa

The Retired One said...

Gorgeous shots...loved them!

Cicero Sings said...

Some great pictures Ruth and I watched that video. I had said the Daryl one time that Christians should be the fore-runners in conservation and stewardship of nature ... that was Adam and Eve's commission. So I was VERY pleased to see that there is such an organization.

Misty said...

Incredible bird pictures and I LOVE that landscape shot!

Montanagirl said...

Very nice series, Ruth! It's always fun to get day out with a camera in hand!

jenny said...

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eileeninmd said...

Fantastic photos, Ruth! I always enjoy seeing the birds. Sounds like a great workshop to attend. Have a wonderful weekend.

Shelley said...

Sounds like a wonderful group! you got so many photos - and I really loved that moss photo! Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos...what a beautiful place!

Becky said...

This is a place I would love to visit Ruth. A great opportuity to get some great pictures too.
B.

Sarah Knight said...

Beautiful shots!

Anita Johnson said...

You go to some beautiful places...love the bird shots!

Patty said...

Very nice photos you posted. I did see you in one scene on the video, but I don't think I know what Jake looks like well enough to spot him. Perhaps if I view the video again I will see him .

jeanlivingsimple said...

Ruth, You captured the Redstart perfectly. What a wonderful hike. Oh how I would love to visit this park.

Pat said...

These are beautiful bird photos, as always, Ruth. I also really like the composition of the last photo. I like the horizontal layers of the sky, clouds and plowed fields, with grass in the foreground.

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog today. May the Lord continue to wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.

Shug said...

Enjoyed the video...I (think) my eye was quick enough to spot you...
Interesting place with so much to see. I will say that the pictures that you and Jake captured are indeed gorgeous...Thanks Ruth for sharing this.

Jane said...

Your photos are wonderful and remind me that I need to get a better camera!

Jane

Michelle said...

I spotted you guys on the video...and I was thrilled to see your photos on there, too! What fun to watch...not only was it fun to get a glimpse into what you guys liked to do, but it made me feel closer to home seeing the snow sculpting and the winter scenes.

These are great photos...it's fun to see through the lens of your camera to see what catches your eye. My favorites are the redstart and the moss (love the moss!!!).

Cheryl said...

From the photos yhou took that must have been a lovely trip. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I've found that since I have discovered photography, I have enjoyed watching birds too. In fact, my boyfriend bought me a bird feeder and a co-worker bought me a book on Feeder Birds. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always good to hear from you.

Lisa said...

Ruth just beautiful. I love your thought of the day. Psalms are a fav. of mine.

Anonymous said...

Great shots, thanks for sharing.

S. Etole said...

Such pretty pictures ... I enjoy the purple finch when they come to the feeder in the winter ... they are so colorful against the snow.

EG CameraGirl said...

You have a wonderful gift for taking photos of birds, Ruth!

Kirsty Girl said...

wow amazing photos!

Rick said...

Wonderful photos, Ruth. The birds you did capture are beautiful - His handiwork. Glad you looked around since your non-bird shots are also lovely (especially loved that sky !).

And what a great post about your granddaughter. It's so great to have youngsters around to remind us to have a simple faith like a child - for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.

Have a blessed week Ruth.

Jayne said...

I love all of these Ruth, and I love that you see so much beauty around you... even on the ground. :c) Thanks for taking us along.

Darla said...

You do have an eye for photography! I love, love the moss covered branch or rock..

Leah said...

Great picture's Ruth! Looks like a lovely place!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful day. How pretty! I love all of the nature you captured.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful day. How pretty! I love all of the nature you captured.

Dave Lord said...

Thanks for the photos. They act as wonderful reminders of the time I've spent in the field with all these cool birds.

Kay said...

I have been looking at some of your photos and I really love them. You have a good eye.

Thanks for stopping by again. I don't intend to pickup Ben's ashes alone. I don't think I could do that. My brother is coming to spend the weekend with me so I think I will wait until Saturday and have him come with me to do it.

Wouldn't it be nice if somehow we could get past this grief in some other way than living it?