Category Archives: Fauna

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 …

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 …

At the Ready

During a weekend near Essex, we 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 …

Humm-Zinger

Last year, I took a few photos of hummingbirds at a resort in Algonquin Park. While they were all right, I wasn’t particularly happy with them, since my goal was to get a nice, sharp image of the bird with it’s wings extended. This year, I was at a cottage, …

Lightly Perched

My two girls and I decided to hike one of our favourite trails in Algonquin Park: the Centennial Ridges Trail. It’s a fairly long and challenging hike (approximately 10K) which reaches a beautiful lookout over Whitefish Lake. Along one point of the trail, there is a beaver pond, with a …