A sign of spring, the American Robin feeds on the Staghorn Sumac on a busy street in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
The American Robin Turdus migratorius is one of the best-known birds in North America. It was given its name by the early settlers, who thought that, with its reddish breast, it resembled the English Robin. However, the American Robin is a thrush, not a robin, and except for the colour of its breast, it does not look like the small brown European bird.
The American Robin is the largest thrush in North America. The adult measures about 25 cm long and weighs about 77 g. In addition to its cinnamon-rufous to brick-red breast, the American Robin has a black head, white eye-rings, yellow bill, black and white streaked throat, and grey back. The male is generally more brightly coloured than the female.
A coloured infrared image of the famous Burmis Tree, standing at the entrance to Crowsnest Pass, near Blairmore, Alberta, Canada.
Captured with a Canon rebel XSi, using a 18-55mm IS lens. Processed with Tiffen DFX.
The Burmis Tree is a limber pine located in south western Alberta along the Crowsnest Highway and east of municipality of Crowsnest Pass. The tree died in the late 1970s after losing its needles. Its age was estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old. In 1998, it was toppled by wind, however members of local community refused to leave it lying. Efforts were made to fix the tree back up using rods and brackets. In 2004, vandals cut one of the tree’s main branches. Source: Wikipedia – author unknown
Burmis Tree – This rare Limber Pine is one of the most famous and most photographed trees in Alberta (some say the most photographed tree in the world). It was sentenced to perch on a ridge along Highway 3, in Southern Alberta, Canada, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (11 km (6 mi.) E of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre), for over 300 years. Its needles were lost in 1978; Chinook winds toppled it in 1998; it was vandalized in 2004. It suffers by living, by acts of love, and by acts of violence. Unfortunately, the Burmis Tree is the only point of interest left of the once prosperous coal mining and lumber town of Burmis. Source: Gary Hebert