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Images Of Signets Waterfront Trail Hamilton

Images Of Signets Waterfront Trail Hamilton

Friday May 27 2011

Female mute with new signets

As I mentioned in the last post that I would be adding more images of the Signets born on the Rock Piles dotting along The Beautiful Waterfront Trail Hamilton.

Also I have decided to let the images tell a story for you today.Have a great Weekend

Doug Worrall

Proud Mom

It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.  ~James Lalropui Keivom

Wings 2
Wings 3

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.  ~Dorothea Lange

four day old signets

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.  ~Ansel Adams

Signets frolic during break in weather
Small head for Big Body

There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.  ~Ansel Adams

Signets should be hatching

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.  ~Eudora Welty

Proud mother mute swan

The camera can photograph thought.  ~Dirk Bogarde

cool it with the water back here
where did you come from

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.  ~Ansel Adams

Proud Mom 2


Doug Worrall Photographer

Life and Birth Hamilton Harbour

Life and Birth Hamilton Harbour

Canada Goose – Branta canadensis-Hamilton

Friday 13 2011

Canadian Goose chick


The Canada goose has a long black neck and head with a white band on its cheeks that runs under its chin like a strap. It has black feet and a light tan body with lighter brown or white under its tail. Its black bill haslamellae, or teeth, around the outside edges that are used as a cutting tool. Males and females look alike, although females are usually a little smaller than the males.


The Canada goose breeds and winters in most of Canada and the United States.


The Canada goose can be found in a wide variety of habitats including lakes, bays, rivers and marshes. It often feeds in open fields and grasslands.


On land, the Canada goose eats a wide variety of grasses, including salt grass and Bermuda grass. It uses its bill to yank the grass out of the ground. It also eats corn, rice and wheat. In the water, the Canada goose sticks its head and upper body under the water, stretches its neck out and uses its bill to scoop up food from the mud and silt.

Canadian geese

Life Cycle

The female Canada goose lays her eggs between March and June. She will lay between four to ten whitish eggs in a nest made of grass, reeds and moss and lined with down. The nests are usually on the ground near water. The female hatches the eggs and turns them over often to evenly heat them.The male will guard the female and the nest and will call out a warning if danger approaches. It takes about a month for the eggs to hatch. The chicks break out of the shell with an egg tooth on the top of their bills. It may take them one to two days to completely break out of the shell. The chicks will fly when they are between 40 and 70 days old. Most Canada geese will mate for life.

Family dynamics


Canada geese migrate in large V-shaped formations. They honk loudly while they are flying. They migrate at a slow pace. Male Canada geese can be very aggressive they will often attack predators with their wings and bill.

Canadian geese chicks

Sources :Natureworks, Wikipedia


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The Swan’s Tale Hamilton

The Swan’s Tale Hamilton

Sunday May 1st 2011

Nesting Mute swan

Once upon a time a Swan was born, he was the most beautiful Swan ever seen, his feathers were as white as snow, he had the most beautiful long neck ever remembered, his wings were long and strong and his flight the most graceful and balanced.

Swan Oasis Cootes Paradise

He thought his life was happy, but with time he realized he was not and then he started his quest. He flew from north to south, from east to west trying to find what will fulfill him with not luck. He met the Queen of the Wind, The Spring, The Summer, The Autumn, he Conquered the Blue Sky, he saw the Forest’s Awakening, he started to become Amazed By Beauty and discovered the Wonders of Life.

Beautiful Nesting mute swan

He thought he had looked all over with no luck and when he was about to give up, he saw a small bright coming from the horizon. He directed his flight to that point and when he reached that place he found a Lake, so peaceful, so quiet and beautiful that he thought it was a dream. The Swan stayed admiring The Lake for hours, days, weeks… He swam and swam feeling its water run across his feathers.
Suddenly the wind changed its direction and the leaves of the trees started to sing a different melody, it was a sad song with a feeling of loneliness. The Winter arrived with its bitterness and cold. The Lake started to freeze and the Swan knew he needed to leave if he wanted to survive, The Winter said with a deep and sad voice to the Swan.. ” It is time for you to go, this is no place for you right now…” The Swan didn’t answer to The Winter’s words..
The next day it was even colder and the Lake was almost frozen, The Winter said to the Swan.. “Leave! If you stay, you will die!” The Swan opened his eyes looked at the gray sky closed his eyes again…

Cootes paradise

That night The Winter created a snow storm and stopped until sunrise. That morning The Winter saw that The Lake was completely frozen, its water became ice as hard as stone, but he also saw the white Swan near him. The Swan was quiet, he could not move any more, he was very weak. The Winter told the Swan.. “Why you didn’t leave? I told you you would die if you stay! Now you are dying and with no reason.” The Swan said to The Winter “All my life I was in a quest to find something I was missing, something that would make me feel alive and in this place after many years I found it.” The Winter asked The Swan what did he find in this place and the Swan said “A friend…
The Lake is my friend and we had wonderful moments together. This was my last Autumn and I am very thankful that even in The Twilight of my life I was able to know what love is. That is why I decided to stay, to be with my friend until the last moment of my life.”

Nesting mute swan

The Winter felt a deep sadness inside him… a very different sadness from the ones he had experienced before. Suddenly he realized that all his life he never had a friend and the Swan showed him how beautiful love can be.
The Swan asked The Winter to come closer and the Winter asked the Swan what did he need. The Swan said “If I Could Make a Wish… it would be that you and The Lake could be friends forever. Can you grant me that wish? Can you take care of him and visit every year? Would you like to do that for me?” The Winter kept quiet for a moment, even the leaves stopped singing that song filled with loneliness… suddenly all was still. Then a new wind came.. It was still cold but with a different sound. The leaves started to move in a different direction and started to sing, this time with joy.
The Winter promised the Swan he would come every year to visit his new friend and begin to create wonderful moments together. The Swan gave The Winter a smile and closed his eyes forever.
The Winter kept his promise and he comes back every year to visit his friend The Lake. Each year they remember The Swan and his tale about his quest where he Conquered the Blue Sky, met the Queen of The Wind, discovered the Wonders of Life and found the most valuable treasures of all, he found love.

Cob Swan Looking for Love

Poem By
Ernesto Cortazar III

The Swan's Tale

Doug Worrall Photographer