A Water Ouzel in Bridge Creek. May 7, 2014

I was walking along Bridge Creek in Centennial Park yesterday when I heard the high whistles of a water ouzel or American dipper. Fortunately, I had my telephoto lens slung over my shoulder with settings preset to capture such rare opportunities.

Dippers are amazing. They have an extra eyelid to see under water and scales to close their nostrils when submerged. They use their wings to swim underwater. They bob up and down on rocks in the creek and then dive, swimming along the creek bottom for food. They are great fun to watch.

See if you can see one! Have fun!

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Rebuilding a ‘sense of place’ in the South Cariboo:  I have just started a new project. It’s called the 100 Mile ProjectSomehow, on my journey to explore and photograph the entire Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region, I have drifted apart from the very place I call home; 100 Mile House and surrounding area.  So now, when at home, I will go exploring, and then try to post a picture daily to encourage all of us to appreciate the beauty, and the value, of our ‘homeplace’.  Join me in this adventure. Tell your friends. Subscribe to the blog. 

I invite everyone to participate. If you know of a subject or a place that speaks to our ‘sense of place’, email me with your ideas, contacts, and directions. I will try to photograph and share it.  Let’s all get to know our home more deeply, and contribute to our ‘sense of community’.