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Cells and Veins of a Maple Leaf

Flora and Fauna Friday: Cells and Veins of a Maple Leaf

Cells and veins of a backlit section of an autumn Maple leaf in the studio.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is continuing my examination of autumn leaves in the studio.

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Cells and Veins of an Oak Leaf

Flora and Fauna Friday: Leaf Veins and Cells

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the backlit cells and veins on a section of an autumn Oak leaf.

One of the autumn leaves I picked up on my walks around the neighborhood.

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Snow Geese on Autumn Migration

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My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is continuing my look back at autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A flock of Snow Geese (Anser caerulescens) lift off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is a staging area for wildfowl on autumn migration

Snow Geese are native to North America breeding north of the timberline in parts of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia. They spend their winters in warmer parts of North America.

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Sandhill Cranes on Autumn Migration

Flora and Fauna Friday: Sandhill Crane

Another unusual Flora and Fauna Friday post this week. A line of Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) flying to roost at sunset.

Photographed at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. At the time the Quill Lakes region was a major staging area for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration.

Apparently the water levels in the lakes is up massively since I was last there. I don’t know how that has affected the birds on autumn migration.

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Northern Redbelly Snake

Flora and Fauna Friday: Northern Redbelly Snake

A somewhat different Flora and Fauna Friday post from me this week. A simple record shot of a snake I found sunning itself on a gravel road on a walk last Saturday afternoon.

This is a Northern Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata), a nonvenomous species found in parts of Eastern North America.

This individual is about two thirds grown. Not much bigger than a pencil it got quite belligerent when I tried to get it to move off the road to stop it getting run over. Eventually it got the message and moved off the road. Two vehicles had a go around me while I was trying to get it off the road.

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American Red Squirrel

Flora and Fauna Friday: American Red Squirrel

My Flora and Fauna Friday subject this week is the American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Alternative common English names include Pine Squirrel, Chickaree and North American Red Squirrel.

This individual was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in summer.

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

CMMC: Contains the letter U

An immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A popular summer visitor to Ontario with their arrival a sign that summer is close.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week was chosen because it won’t be long before the Hummingbirds will be heading south for the winter.

I selected this photo of the species because it’s a personal favourite which was also published in a calendar. I’m say it’s an immature male because there appears to be some darker flecks in the feathers on the birds throat. That will be the ruby feathers starting to appear.

It’s also a slightly late contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: August Alphabet must have two M’s in the word prompt.