Category Archives: Nature

Deep Woods Light Show

The absence of ambient light from the city gives one a fantastic view of the heavens. On a back-country trip into Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, I captured a few images of the stars – a feat made a bit easier once the moon had left the scene. While I enjoy …

Night Sky Painting

Sometimes the moon can be your friend and sometimes it is not. In this case, it was definitely a perfect sidekick to capture this image. While my target was the stars, the light from the moon and the slow movement of the clouds conspired to make an improvement to what …

Duck Face

My daughter and I took our cameras out for a walk along the Humber River in Toronto (since the winter conditions had subsided). The wildlife was out in full force. The sun was bright and the sky was clear, but there was still some thin ice near parts of the …

Hard Work

Near my house during this time of the year, the salmon make their run up the river. There are a number of weirs on the lower part of the Humber, and the intrepid fish have to “climb the ladders” to get to where they need to go. With the water …

Floating Summer Lily

The Spruce Bog Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park is like an old friend – this year, though, it seemed a bit different. The water levels were down and the summer had been pretty harsh, resulting in some interesting changes. For instance, there were not as many dragonflies soaring about; on the …

Rest Stop

My friend’s mother has a fantastic flower garden in Essex which is a joy to photograph. During this particular visit, the sun was out in full force, which makes for a higher possibility of washed-out photos. Of course, where there are flowers, there are butterflies, and capturing a butterfly in …

Two-fur

There is a tree near our house that is hollow on one side. Raccoons have been living there for years, and even though they can be pests, they are so cute when they are wee. During the evenings in the early summer months, the mother takes them outside of their home …

Safe and Sound

A week before I took this picture, I saw this little Boston Oriole floundering under the leaves of a giant hosta – with the parents fluttering around like mad seemingly trying to protect it. When I took this photo, though, the wee Oriole had finally found the power of flight, and …

Same Difference

In the front garden, several varieties of Sweet William (dianthus barbatus) grow. While each plant is a different colour, one of them has produced several colours on the same stem. I found this to be a fascinating occurrence, and thought that it would make an interesting composition.

Dropped In

Sometimes a dull, humid morning can result in some spectacular imagery. I was checking out a snail in my garden when I noticed that the leaves of one particular species of perennial (Columbine) collected a significant amount of water – in large drops. With the sky being somewhat muted and …

Twisted

If you’re ever looking for a great study in texture and form, visit a vineyard. At any given time of the year (including winter) you can find a subject to focus on. This image (taken in Napa Valley) shows something that looks like barbed wire – but if you look …