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Nature Images Of The Year Hamilton

Nature Images Of The Year Hamilton

January 1st 2012

Blue Heron Harbourfront Park June 15 2011

A Happy New Year to all from DW Photography and readers images and our writers. Special thanks to Jacqueline, Lois and Steve

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers here at DW Photography.Each passing year brings many obsticles to the revitalization of our natural habitat

throughout the world, We are still destroying  what we should be preserving. More than any time on our calendar our best friend Mother Nature needs our help.

Pick your small piece of nature and keep it clean and healthy. Find garbage that other people have left behind. Take ownership “stewardship” of your environment more than ever this year.

Thanking you in advance

Doug Worrall

Sunrise 5:30 May 21 2011

Living in Hamilton has many perks with the proximity of Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour.  By foot,  Bike,  Bus or drive down to the Harbourfront Park,  Cootes Paradise,  Princess Point,  The Harbourfront Trail is very long with many attractions starting in Hamilton then Burlington and further.

Dundurn Castle April 2011
Pets enjoying nature early April 2011
Bark-it is always the year of the DOG
A face you got to adore

Known for its heavy industrial waterfront, Hamilton will surprise new visitors.

June 5AM a start
Male American Goldfinch
Dundas Conservation area

The past decade has dramatically changed the waterfront bringing with it new recreational uses and restored natural and cultural features.

Enjoying the sun and surroundings
Webster Falls

The Hamilton Waterfront Trail (7.5km):

Sunset Discovery Centre

follows Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point (Cootes Paradise) through Bayfront Park, Pier 4 Park, the Discovery Centre and on to HMCS Haida. You’ll also find Williams Coffee Pub, a Waterfront Ice Cream stand and the Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruises nearby.

Getting the shot
Gosling shaking all about

At Cootes Paradise there is an impressive staircase with a cycling trough leading to Dundurn Park and some amazing lookouts. From here you can connect to Burlington via York Street- extreme caution is needed when crossing the ramp from the 403.

Kayaking Cootes Paradise

Note: The staircase at Coote’s Paradise is quite large and steep and can be a challenge for cyclists with full paniers.

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron
Horns of plenty
Goslings May 13 2011

The Hamilton Beach Recreation Trail:

Lighthouse bridge
Lift bridge

 follows the Lake Ontario shoreline for about 8 km taking people from Burlington under the Lift Bridge to Confederation Park and into the former Stoney Creek. Interpretative panels describe the history of Hamilton’s waterfront and explain the restoration process. Please note there is a new way to cross the very busy Eastport Drive/Beach Blvd.-take the path that goes under the bridge rather than crossing the road.

Moths

The Hamilton Beach Trail

Night Heron
  • Confederation Park – Van Wagner’s Beach Rd. and Centennial Parkway
  • Van Wagner’s Beach beside Lakeland Community Centre – Van Wagner’s Beach Rd. East of Confederation Park
  • Beach Blvd south of lift bridge
The Pride of Baltimore leaves Hamilton harbour
The Pride of Baltimore

Hamilton Waterfront Trail

  • Dundurn Park-York Blvd.
  • Bayfront Park-Harbourfront Dr and Bay St.
  • Pier 4 Park – Leander Dr. and Guise St.
  • Pier 8 – Canada Marine Discover Centre
  • HMCS Haida at Catherine St.

 

Photographers

Signet and pen June 2011

Lois McNaught

Steve Loker

Jacqueline

White-tail Deer

Doug Worrall

Sunrise Hamilton

HAVE MANY GREAT YEARS TO COME

Hamilton Harbour Fish and Wildlife Restoration Project

Hamilton Harbour Fish and Wildlife Restoration Project

Wednesday December 28 2011

Signet Mute Swan

 

As Site Coordinator the  next post will be a year in review at Elements Photoblog.

Water-sports

I wish everyone a great New Year with the Optimism we need to  keeps  Nature reviving.

Text or to scull a bit

Many new images of people, places and a few older images.

Dundas Conservation area

All the best

 

Doug Worrall

Strong wings

In 1997 the operation of a carp barrier/fishway began at the Cootes Paradise marsh, blocking the passage of carp into the marsh during spawning season but allowing the migration of all other spawning fish. As a result, aquatic vegetation has made a dramatic recovery throughout Cootes Paradise and the harbour. Fisheries monitoring has indicated a positive change in the composition of the fish community, including an increase in numbers of top predators and in species diversity. Recently, over 200 spawning pike were counted at the Cootes Paradise fishway. Prior to restoration, only 19 pike were recorded at the fishway. Similarly, waterfowl numbers in Cootes Paradise have increased dramatically due to the increased distribution and abundance of aquatic plants. Birds have been staying longer in the marsh and gaining strength for their migratory flight south.

Blooms
Wildflowers

The Grindstone Creek pike spawning marsh has been a 20-year restoration effort. The Grindstone Trail, connecting Cherry Hill Gate to Sunfish Pond is open to the public and provides educational interpretation and protects the flood plain by directing the large number of visitors to the boardwalk. Tours are open to groups and can be arranged by contacting Royal Botanical Gardens.

Mated Mallard ducks June 1 2011
Female mallard June 1 2011

To date, habitat restoration efforts and improvements to public access have laid a strong foundation for continuing enhancement. Research and monitoring provide essential feedback for the design and construction of the next phases of habitat and public access projects.

Harbourfront park june 13 2011

 

Scientists with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service, McMaster and Brock Universities and the Royal Botanical Gardens are co-ordinating monitoring and research to advance fish and wildlife habitat restoration throughout the Great Lakes. The Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project in Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise proposes to create 372 ha of fish habitat, 299 ha of wildlife habitat, 16 km of shore habitat for fish and wildlife and 9 km of trails. Substantial progress has already been made:

Sculling Partners
Invasive species
  • Shoreline rehabilitation and a new trail at Chedoke Creek
  • Development of a carp barrier/fishway, aquatic plant nursery and breeding and nursery ponds for amphibians and reptiles in the Cootes Paradise marsh
  • Pike spawning habitat, rehabilitated flood plain habitat and a new boardwalk at Grindstone Creek
  • Restoration of the lower Grindstone Creek, employing recycled Christmas tree
  • Shoreline naturalization and development of underwater reefs at Bayfront Park
  • Shoreline naturalization, beach restoration, development of reefs and a new trail at LaSalle Park
  • Shoreline naturalization, and the development of colonial nesting bird islands, underwater reefs, trail and lookout at the Northeastern Shoreline
  • Sand dune rehabilitation and a new trail at Burlington Beach

Decline and Recovery of Cootes Paradise

Cootes Paradise

Once nearly 100% covered by emergent and submergent
aquatic plants, the extent of marsh vegetation has declined to
85% cover in the 1930s, and to only 15% in 1985. A variety
of stresses were responsible for this decline. Human development
and farming in the watershed contaminated the marsh’s
tributary streams with sewage effluent, eroded soil, and chemical
runoff. Within the marsh, carp activity physically damaged
and destroyed the marsh plants. Carp activity and eroded soil
from the watershed also muddy the marsh water, limiting light
penetration and plant growth. Controlled lake water levels,
and the introduction of non-native plant species have also
disrupted marsh ecology. For the restoration of Cootes Paradise
to be successful, RBG and other partners in the HH-RAP
agreed that an effective carp control program and pollution
abatement programs in the watershed were necessary.

Redwinged blackbird feeding

 

Doug Worrall Photographer

What Has Killed The Last Swan Hamilton

What Has Killed The Last Swan

Sunday July 10 2011

Pen Cob and now a dead Signet

 

 

“Where the swans nest, due to the higher water this year, there are many, maybe over populated by snapping turtles and Large Pike. There is always the likely-hood of a Snake-head fish, Raccoon’s and people being capable of killing a small Signet.The first two Signets to go missing was on Fathers Day, and the last one over this Weekend, Coincidence, No such thing.”

Signets ready to swim-only one survives
Bleak Future for the nesting swans in Hamilton

 

As a photographer that specializes in Mute Swans I feel like there is a Silent Spring ” Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)” happening Constantly. The lack of wildlife, plants has left many people with many questions including myself. This Weekend due to health Issues I  rented a car and have been travelling around parking lot too parking Lot. Today I hiked down the Harbourfront Trail and am not shocked to see the Gazebo Signets that were born in Harbourfront Park this Year only have one outta six Signets left, I did a Post “we are the last two Sister” on my other Blog http://betterphotos4you.com. The Last Signet to go Missing was very small compared to his Sister :See image below.

Signet Still alive much larger than other

 

Where the swans nest, due to the higher water this year, there are many, maybe over populated by snapping turtles and Large Pike. There is always the likely-hood of a Snake-head fish, Raccoon’s, people and there dog’s being capable of killing a small Signet.The first two Signets to go missing was on Fathers Day, and the last one over this Weekend, Coincidence, No such thing. One whole clutch born over by Macassa Yacht Club the  signets and pen and cob disappeared on the May 24th Weekend. A good source has told me that he has seen young parents allow there children to take turtles and signet’s home with them after spending a day in the Park, or, Harbourfront Trail, I have many images of these people, but legal issues does not give me the  authority to publish them.The Parents were in there early 20,s, both of which were fishing all day and not watching there children, I did, and have images of the children throwing rocks at the nesting swan, ripping flowers out of ground etc…., children without parents. I am not going to get into the whole social aspect of today’s society and dysfunctional families or the lack of a suitable “respect nature” mindset educational System. People please respect what Mother Nature has given you ……………………………………….

Cob busks every hour

By Doug Worrall

Easy To Be Hard

This Image taken June 10 2011

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

Beautiful Mute Swan

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Beautiful Pen

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, I need a friend

I NEED A FRIEND

How can people be so heartless
You know I’m hung up on you
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

The Lone Mute swan

 

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, we all need a friend

We all need a friend

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Come, on, easy to give in, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Much too easy to say no

Much too easy for some to say "No"

Lyrics by Three Dog Night

The Mute Swan is in Danger of being removed from the protected species act, why? “E coli bacteria on the beach in Harbourfront Park”<<No one use’s>> Have they forgotten about the raw sewage,poison from industry they allow to drain into Cootes Paradise Marsh, and Hamilton Harbour.?

 

 

Doug Worrall Photographer