Category Archives: Nature

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 …

Hortensing Around

Another photo from a friend’s garden in Essex County, this beautiful Hortensia plant seemed to be doing well for such a delicate species. I found this particular shade of purple quite alluring, and thought that it might make a stunning composition.

At the Ready

During a weekend near Essex, I visited the home of some friends who had an amazing garden in their backyard. A good rule of thumb: where there are beautiful gardens, there are also usually beautiful insects. A cursory inspection wasn’t even necessary, as this little flier came to rest on …

Emerald Interloper

When it comes to insects, I don’t think that you can do worse than flies. They are associated with rotting carcasses and disease, and they tend to invoke a flurry of flailing arms when they fly around people. Yet, from time to time, I am struck by how bright and colorful …

Don’t Sweat It

A few years ago, on my way to pick up my daughter from school, I spotted a strange sight in the school’s front garden: green bees. I thought that this was some secret government plot to take over the world – but I was mistaken, of course. I read up …

Taking a Break

I was working on the garden when I heard the telltale sounds of an industrious little creature hard at work on the maple tree in my front yard. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to find the source of the noise (some of the trees are huge) – but this little …

The Cardinal Rule

I love cardinals. Even though they are common birds, their brilliant red feathers and pleasing songs make them an uncommonly beautiful bird in my opinion. This year there were a number of northern cardinals around the neighbourhood that would taunt me with their songs. When I had the chance, I …