Blend­ing In

Fall colours—in all forms— are a sight to be­hold

Our Canada - - Critters - by Anneliese Cusack, Win­nipeg Beach, Man.

The fall colours in Canada are won­der­ful to see, and this grouse proved it can also be part of this sea­son of change.

I saw this fel­low or lady wan­der­ing about south of Fort Mcpher­son in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries a few years ago and was amazed how well it blended in with its sur­round­ings. The trees and shrubs were also turn­ing var­i­ous shades of yel­low and or­ange at the same time, and the added brown and black just contributed to the colour­ful scene.

This bird just strut­ted about with­out a care in the world, giv­ing me a chance to cap­ture its beauty up close. I thought Our Canada read­ers might en­joy see­ing fall colours in an­other form, in ad­di­tion to the won­der­ful fall fo­liage.

Driv­ing along the Macken­zie River in late Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber, you can ap­pre­ci­ate the ev­er­chang­ing land­scape. I worked in Fort Mcpher­son dur­ing the time I snapped this photo, and had the op­por­tu­nity to see the sur­round­ing bush change from green, to light green to yel­low and or­ange be­fore my very eyes. I’m happy to have pho­to­graphic proof as well as my mem­o­ries.

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