All posts by Doug Worrall

Been a chef by trade, Musician and a photographer.

New Images Spring 2017

New Images Spring 2017

Bird Of Prey

Coppers Hawk

1/27/17

Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).

Woodpeckers

Downy Woodpecker

The active little Downy Woodpecker is a familiar sight at backyard feeders and in parks and woodlots, where it joins flocks of chickadees and nuthatches, barely outsizing them. An often acrobatic forager, this black-and-white woodpecker is at home on tiny branches or balancing on slender plant galls, sycamore seed balls, and suet feeders. Downies and their larger lookalike, the Hairy Woodpecker, are one of the first identification challenges that beginning bird watchers master.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common in forests of the East. Their strikingly barred backs and gleaming red caps make them an unforgettable sight – just resist the temptation to call them Red-headed Woodpeckers, a somewhat rarer species that’s mostly black on the back with big white wing patches. Learn the Red-bellied’s rolling call and you’ll notice these birds everywhere.

Landscape

Sunrise over the Bay
Red Tailed hawk

RAPTORS

This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.

Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.

WATER Birds

Common Tern

A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.

 

 

Mother Nature, and, The great outdoors have many wonderful sites ,smells, sounds, textures, colours, movement it is very spiritual, and allow your senses to FEEL the Love. Stopping to smell the roses (Taking your time) and actually knowing what is happening around your Hike, or walk in the Park will sensitise,or,  help any person enjoy life just that much More, A whole bunch.

Turn your cell phone OFF. It is better to See the forest for the Trees, not the other way around If you feel you need to be “in touch” with friends, They can wait, and if you want Instant gratification–The Great Outdoors will give you that, and more. Whereas–a Cell phone can be used if it is for an Emergency.

Sometimes (mostly) I prefer to be on a Hike by myself–that way there are no interruptions, and animals are not as skittish, also the chance to get that once in a lifetime Image while alone is a Higher percentage.

Great Horned Owl

Mother Great Horned Owl

The mother, very visible, gives me Hope, and some shots to take.Presently she sits on eggs, within two Months from NOW–The owlets will be BRANCHING, Strengthening there wings.

They will be left all alone in the Nest, while Mom and Dad owl will not feed them till they fly over to them in fur trees. I pray this year, The Hoards of people, will understand that Nature, is best left out of the hands of Humans, Last year this was not the case.

 

Human Nature……………………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

Have a wonderful Year everyone

Written By Doug Worrall

 

IMAGES DOUG WORRALL

Blogging and Reaching the World

WHY SHOULD I BLOG?  13 Reasons WHY

Saturday November  26 2016

How Many Reasons
How Many Reasons

 

 

There are many reasons to blog, actually thirteen Reasons.For myself, it gets my Photography on the Internet–To share what I see, and how it makes me feel. If One person is pleased with my Imagery, it is well worth the work.

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1. It helps you learn new things

Blogging is about sharing what you see, or want to see, in the world. It’s about teaching or sharing what you know and what you, too, are learning. When you start a blog, you’ll find yourself always learning new things about your areas of interest so you can keep sharing without running dry of ideas.

Think of it this way: when you set out to wash clothes, your objective is to clean the clothes, not your hands, but it’s your hands which become clean first

Food for thought
Food for thought

2. It makes you think clearer

The ability to think clearly and generate ideas is one of life’s most critical skills, yet one of the things you don’t get taught in school. Blogging fills that void, helping you grow your thinking muscles exponentially.

You’ll learn to reflect deeply on your life, your relationships and your society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how;the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

3. It helps you write better

Many things have boosted my writing proficiency over the years: essay contests, tapping from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.

Here’s why: writing mastery comes with constant practice and blogging is just about that. In his epic book, On Writing,  Stephen King discusses how once he didn’t write for several weeks due to an accident, and how when he started to write again, his words weren’t flowing well.

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Keystone Species
Keystone Species

4. It builds your confidence

I used to be a timid introvert. Until I started blogging.

Blogging helps you learn to voice your opinions, dare to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, you learn to recognize and build your strength, and also admit and improve on your weaknesses. With conversations happening on your blog, you learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing your cool.

I Know I can
I Know I can

5. It helps you speak more coherently

A great speech starts with a sound script. The more you learn and share ideas about your areas of interests on your blog, the more comfortable you get discussing them verbally.

And over time, you grow confidence to face an audience and manage your nervousness on your subjects of interest. Soon, this diffuses to other verbal conversations.

RED Tailed Hawk
RED Tailed Hawk

6. It can make you money

Earning decent incomes from your blog is attainable once you create value with, and grow an audience around, it. Many big blogs make millions of dollars every year.

And me? I’m not a millionaire but I’ve made tens of thousands of dollars from blogging over the years. And I’ve done that while having ample time for my family and other engagements I enjoy.

Although I have never made any Cash from Blogging–Persistence and Patience will help , so I carry–on

Buy a boat
Buy a boat

7. It challenges you

Let’s be honest, we all need to do something challenging at some points in life. It’s easy to slide into our comfort zones and stop growing. Not with blogging though!

Although starting a blog is easy, managing it is not. Coming up with interesting ideas, interacting with readers and building a community around the blog are awesome challenges that would force you to keep learning and growing.

Robbie De Rodent
Robbie De Rodent

8. It lets you help other people

You want to inspire young people to discover and explore their true potentials? Start a blog. You want to spread the virtues of your faith? Start a blog. You wish people would make better choices in relationships and want to help them achieve that? Start a blog.

It’s happening. Ordinary people everywhere are choosing themselves to do extraordinary things in other people’s lives via a blog. You can do it too, and now’s the best time ever to start.

New Beginnings
New Beginnings

9. It disciplines you

Showing up at regular intervals is hard. Blogging helps you cultivate that discipline.

Personally, I’m Hesitant connecting with people and keeping schedules. But with my blog, I have an incentive to show up, to write and publish often, to get the job done and dismiss excuses. I’m grateful for it because it’s made me a better person.

Be Careful-Discipline
Be Careful-Discipline

10. It can promote your art or hobby

We all have things that make us tick, mine is Photography. Whether yours is writing, bead making, drawing, painting or singing, a blog can help you promote it.

Osprey in Autumn
Osprey in Autumn

11. It boosts your creativity

Blogging pushes you to be resourceful, to envision and try to create the beautiful things you want to see in the world. You imagine better, create ideas that challenge norms and share your genius with others.

That’s how to become an idea machine. And you can go ahead to give the world something essential it doesn’t know it lacks.

Sky Art
Sky Art

12. It makes you happy

Myself, I’ve found that the feeling of having inspired, helped or saved someone is what gives me the greatest joy. I’ve heard many other people say the same thing.

And since I’ve embraced blogging, it has helped me become more generous with my knowledge.

It’s a great feeling and money cannot buy it.

Sing Away
Sing Away

13. It helps you live forever

You’ve heard it before… that writing can make you live for many centuries after your death. But that’s true only if you publish your words to the world. You won’t live for long after your death if you don’t write at all, or, if you only write and file it.

Keep on Keeping ON
Keep on Keeping ON

A blog can help you build a legacy that would outlive you.

 

Information: blogonline.net

Wikipedia

 

DOUG WORRALL PHOTOGRAPHER

The urquhart butterfly garden

The urquhart butterfly garden

2016-08-02

Anne, Shelly, Sheri, Ingrid and Fariborz
Anne, Shelly, Sheri, Ingrid and Fariborz

 

Urquhart Butterfly Garden, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9

Black Swallowtail and that Dam Hornet
Black Swallowtail and that Dam Hornet

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation the old panels on the UBG kiosk have been replaced with colourful new ones.  The beautiful eye-catching new panels have been designed by Michelle Sharp

Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly

Welcome to the Urquhart Butterfly Garden, in 2016!

Chicory
Chicory

Before “we” went into the garden, Ingrid had a surprise for us all. We all participated in some stretching Exercises, a type of Meditative clearing of the mind.

Dropping all Luggage before the Grand Entrance.This was new exciting. I stepped back and took a few images, and Joined back into the Circle.

Ingrid and Shelly
Ingrid and Shelly

The five Human beings had a great day and would suggest this activity to anyone seeking Respite, relaxation, and the chance to touch Mother Nature and let her Lead the way. All five of us were well prepared and had a wonderful time, including this writer.

Our Keystone species
Our Keystone species

 

 

Join Joanne Tunnicliffe, expert Gardener and Outdoor Educator in the Urquhart Butterfly Garden’s final event of the 2015 Summer Series.  This event is particularly suitable for kids, so bring them along!

Joanne has a wealth of knowledge about the herbs and wildflowers which grow abundantly throughout the garden. In the presentation, she will discuss the qualities of the plants and the relationship that occurs between the plants and other life forms.

Silver Spotted Skipper
Silver Spotted Skipper

Joanne’s presentations are both enlightening and informative, engaging people of all ages. She is especially known for her exceptionally realistic bird calls that garner responses from nearby birds.

I was able to get 50 Raw images that represented here. Ingrid took this great image of me taking pics and give her full Credit for this Image.Thank you Ingrid Exner.

Doug Worrall
Doug Worrall

Past walks have been enlightening and have yielded sightings of magnificent butterflies such as the stunning Great Spangled Fritillary, a butterfly not commonly seen in the garden.

Although the summer is coming to an end, there are still many beautiful and fascinating species residing in the garden. Don’t miss out on this final opportunity to experience the garden to the fullest with Matt’s leadership.

Red spotted Admiral Butterfly
Red spotted Admiral Butterfly

 

Named after pioneering entomologists Dr. Frederick and Norah Urquhart,  who after forty years of patient research solved the mystery of the migrating monarchs, construction of Canada’s first municipal butterfly garden began in 1994.

Snow Berry Clear Winged Moth
Snow Berry Clear Winged Moth

Located in Centennial Park on the banks of the Desjardins Canal, it is heavily planted with nectar and foliage plants needed by butterflies and their caterpillars. It is maintained without the use of pesticides, many of which are detrimental to butterfly populations.
The garden is the brainchild of local businesswoman Joanna Chapman, who in 1992 catalyzed the formation of a group known as the “Butterfly Coalition”. Members of the Coalition secured funding, identified an appropriate site, solicited contributions in kind from many local businesses and individuals, gained the support of the Town of Dundas and devoted many hours of their own time to planting and maintaining the garden.Beyond creating valuable new butterfly habitat, the garden’s objectives include educating the public about how to contribute to protecting butterfly populations. The garden also provides a relaxing, natural environment where people of all ages can learn about the diversity of local butterfly species and enjoy their beauty.

Swamp Thistle
Swamp Thistle

The garden now consists of six large raised beds, each approximately 75 × 35 feet, and the adjacent bank of the canal. All are planted with shrubs, perennials and annuals. The Butterfly Coalition also planted ten memorial apple trees in Centennial Park, just adjacent to the garden.

Since municipal amalgamation, Dundas is now part of the City of Hamilton.

Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium

Urquhart Butterfly Garden

 

 

SOURCES, Wikipedia,  Joanne Tunnicliffe, Dundas, Hamilton and the urquhart butterfly garden.

Doug  Worrall Photography

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