Tuesday, May 31

What's in a name?

Here it is, my third post, and I still haven't explained why this blog is dubbed Poole Creek. So let's fix that, shall we?

If you took a ride on Google Earth, you'd see that Poole Creek is a tributary of the Carp River, which is a tributary of the Ottawa River, which is a tributary of the St. Lawrence River, which is a tributary of the Atlantic Ocean. Closer to home, the creek plays host to a phenomenal range of animal species, including beaver, muskrat, mink, deer, bittern, heron, mallard, blackbird, trout, and snapping turtle. In fact, you can see all of these species and more along a short bend of the creek at the bottom of my street — often in the same evening.

For instance, in the space of 3 days, I saw this young white-tailed buck (note the remnants of his winter coat):

I also saw this female red-winged blackbird (that's right, female red-wings are streaky brown, not black):

And I came across this frog, which I very nearly stepped on:

Mind you, I don't visit Poole Creek just for the wildlife. Standing on the side of the creek, I also noticed these colorful reflections on the water's surface:

So there you have it. This is a blog dedicated to photography, and Poole Creek is my little piece of photographic heaven. And if the name fits...


Bill said...


Isn't Poole Creek also something like a cold water creek? I read somewhere it's special because it does flow year round.

Bill said...

Oh and nice photos too. You can see that deer moulting, getting its summer outfit ready. I've never seen that but then again, they've never stood still enough for me. I mostly see white tail bouncing off into the forest.

Paul N. Leroux said...

Bill, you're just too big and scary!

Seriously, I think people living near the creek feed the deer sometimes. Otherwise, the buck would have made himself scarce the minute he sensed I was lurking around.

And yes, from what I remember, Poole Creek is classified as a cool/cold water creek. I'm not sure what that designation means, however. Perhaps someone who is more creekwise can enlighten us. :-)

Malte Mundt said...

Wonderful photos, Paul. Now that I understand the name, I'd like to visit that place one day.