Yesterday, on the way home from the University, I decided to spend a bit of time at Burnaby Lake. A light warm rain was falling, and the lakeside was a quiet place to wander around and contemplate the life all around. The evening had a somber feel, and the photographic subject matter at hand echoed this.
What does it all mean? This towhee looked worried in the rain.
New life: goslings were resting by their parents by the lakeside.
On its own: a brown headed cowbird, fledged from its hosts nest was picking damselflies off the dockside.
Lost: these three ducklings were searching for their mother.
Master of contemplation: a Western Painted Turtle surveys the scene.
End of a short life: a gull shakes a baby Wood Duck before swallowing it alive.
For the next generation: a female Aedes cinereus drinks my blood to provide protein for egg maturation.
The essential transfer: mating gall midges on a flower.
Top up: Aedes cinereus again, really going hard at my ankes.
After swatting some Aedes cinereus, I share the bounty with a Lasius worker.
Nearly dead: A Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius) by the side of the trail. I have no idea what was wrong with this beautiful, normally speedy rodent.