Category Archives: Nature

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 …

Collection

If you have never been to Napa Valley, I would recommend visiting the area – especially the small town of Yountville (just north of Napa). It is a gorgeous little town with lavender everywhere. As you walk down the streets, the smell of the flowering plants permeates the air, as …

Ascension

While insects may give some people the heebie-jeebies, to others they have the potential to hold deeper meaning. Sometimes, insects remind us of people in our lives that we treasure – or perhaps they are a sign of positive events to come. It’s a personal thing that we have to …

Yellow on Yellow

The garden in front of my house attracts all kinds of pollen-gatherers. While my ongoing quest to capture a European Wool Carder on film is still not complete, there are other great opportunities that are constantly presenting themselves. This hover fly, for instance, is perfectly framed in the flower that …

Sunset Paddle

Perhaps not the most stellar photograph – but I do enjoy it. I took this one from East Beach at the Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park. There is something peaceful about paddling in the morning or the evening. The noises of the day have mostly faded away and …