Searching for fall colours in Ottawa

Since last month, I have been watching leaves slowly changing their colours on my way to school.  This past Thanksgiving long weekend, I finally had some free time to go outside and enjoy autumn up close.

Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
The week before, I saw an Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) at Sawmill Creek while I was taking a break from sitting in front of my computer all day.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
On Saturday, I went to the Arboretum hoping to see some autumn colours and do some birding.  On my way to the bus station, I saw this juvenile Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fishing.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Quite a handsome bird.
Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) at Fletcher Wildlife Garden enjoying a little snack.

Trees and their shadows
I like the variation in shadow casted by trees of different shapes and sizes.

Autumn Colours
I thought there are more maple trees at the Arboretum, but I could only find a handful of them that are currently changing colours.

The beautiful blue sky was a nice contrast to the orange leaves.

On Thanksgiving Monday, I went to Petrie Island hoping to photgraph more maple trees.  Because the bus was running on a holiday schedule, I walked almost 6-km from the bus stop to Petrie Island.

Autumn Colours
Along the way, I discovered a nice path through some forested areas.

Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
I saw at least four Eastern Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) near the path that were enjoying the warm and sunny weather.

Cute face.

Woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella)
In addition to the snakes, there were also many large woolly bear caterpillars (almost 5-cm long) crossing the path.  I moved all of them (at least 20 of them) safely across the path since there were many careless bikers.
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) basking on a log in a funny pose.

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) posing for some photographs.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)


Sailboat on Ottawa River.


Autumn Colours
Beautiful leaves.

Autumn Colours

Golden Leaves
I decided to overexpose some of my photos to show off the golden colours of the leaves.

Golden Leaves

Golden Leaves

Golden Leaves
Such a beautiful day.

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving.  Two more weeks, then it is a week-long break from school (but not really)!

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