these 25 photos are from gimli manitoba on saturday july 4th. It was a cloudy day and we got there after it rained. these photos were all taken with my olympus e520 dslr and edited in a program called dynamic photo to bring out the colors a little more. They were mostly there but I liked what this program did for these shots.
some info from "all about birds" The gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker is so boldly patterned it’s been called a “flying checkerboard,” with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. These birds don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers: they’re adept at catching insects in the air, and they eat lots of acorns and beech nuts, often hiding away extra food in tree crevices for later. This magnificent species has declined severely in the past half-century because of habitat loss and changes to its food supply.
In July 2006 we spent the july long weekend in Birtle, manitoba. All of these images are smaller because they were taken with an older camera and I lost the originals when the computer crashed a few years ago
here is some information from wikipedia for you
Birtle is a small town of 690 people (2001 Census), located on the prairies of western Manitoba, Canada at the junction of highways 83 and 42. Incorporated in 1884, the town is situated in the Birdtail River valley. A pleasant place to visit in the summertime (May to September), it features a well-kept golf course, campground, and tennis courts, as well as healthy baseball and soccer leagues. Summers are dry and sunny, with temperatures about 20 degrees Celsius. The winters (November to March) are typical Canadian cold (− 30°C) with plenty of snow. Hockey and curling are popular pastimes, and the town possesses both a hockey rink and a curling rink for such pursuits. The Birtle General Hospital is a surprisingly full-featured hospital for a town of this size; although a shortage of doctors has led to a closure of the emergency room. There are, however, still paramedics operating from the hospital. The local high school (grades 7 to 12), Birtle Collegiate Institute, draws students from surrounding communities, swelling its enrolment to 175 students.
It is now 6 years later and time for another visit for Birtle for the Canada Day weekend, I took a lot of photos with my olympus e420 dslr and my olympus stylus tough. also with the iphone.
Regina (pronounced /rɨˈdʒaɪnə/ - "ridge-eye-na") is the capital of Saskatchewan, Canada. The city is the second largest in the province (after Saskatoon), and is a cultural and commercial metropole for southern Saskatchewan. Its summer agricultural exhibition was originally established in 1884 as the Assiniboia Agricultural Association and since the mid-1960s has been styled "Buffalo Days". It is governed by Regina City Council. Regina is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic and Romanian Orthodox Dioceses of Regina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle. Citizens of Regina are referred to as Reginans. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159.
Regina was previously the headquarters of the North-West Territories, of which today's provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta originally formed part, and of the District of Assiniboia. Regina was named in 1882 after Queen Victoria, i.e. Victoria Regina, by her daughter Princess Louise, wife of the then-Governor General the Marquess of Lorne.
these photos were taken on july 17th, 2010. I have added photos to this gallery from april 2016 as well
st malo is located down highway 59 fairly close to the us border. we do travel there to take photos at the local hockey games for the st malo jr warriors.but these photos are taken at the grotto called "ave maria" located in st malo. you will see photos taken along a path that we started at ave maria. these particular shots were taken in september of 2008 with my olympus sp 510 uz, of course I've since added to the gallery and used different camera's .
This gallery will hold my woodpecker images. these first 25 are of the pileated woodpecker. here is some info from wikipedia:
The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in the United States, except the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.