A close-up of the brightly red and yellow coloured flower of a wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). Captured in late May 2009 near Thessalon in rural Ontario, Canada.
Also known as Canadian Columbine , or (ambiguously) called “Red Columbine”, wild columbine is a wildflower of the Ranunculaceae family. Leaves are both basal and cauline, lobed and divided. The distinctive flowers appear in late spring, above the foliage. Flowers consist of coloured sepals, and petals elongated into a spur.
The Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) is a large black and white bird (20 inches), belonging to the crow family (Corvidae). It has a very long tail and dark bill. The bill, head, breast and underparts are black, with lustrous green iridescence on the wings and tail. The belly and shoulders are white, as well as the primaries that show as white wing patches in flight.
Magpies inhabit open woodlands, savannas or brush-covered country near streams from Alaska, through western Canada, south into California and east to the Great Plains.
The cold, brilliant blue glacial waters of Vermillion River (in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada) flow past dark green pine forests and lofty Rocky Mountains beneath a sky filled with dark, angry storm clouds.
Captured with a Canon Rebel XSi using an 18-55mm lens. Converted to HDR using Photomatix Pro 3.