Category Archives: Fauna

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 …

Alert

Chipmunks are everywhere; they can also be pests (thanks to human interference) – but it’s hard to deny how cute they are. Chipmunks always remind me of camping (specifically, one of my favourite camping trips with my uncle), and it’s nice to see them running around whenever I am in …

Taste Test

I hadn’t hiked the Beaver Pond Trail in Algonquin Park for quite some time, so when my wife agreed to this trail as our destination for a quick hike before meeting up with friends, I was interested to see what had changed. Along the way, various insects were busy at work, so …

Mind Yourself

In Algonquin Park this year, there were a family of loons on Canisbay Lake. My wife and I paddled in close to observe them and then went back to shore. Of course, I had forgotten to bring my camera with me for that trip. Shortly after we landed, I couldn’t …

Ladybug

I captured this image shortly after I received a new lens for my birthday. Ladybugs are always a striking target, with their bright shells and the various markings on their backs and faces. While I would love to do this over with an extension tube, I was quite happy with how …

Art Imitates Life

I have always loved spiders and their webs. On top of the incredible properties of spider’s silk, the design of the webs is elegant and beautiful. I captured this image at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This one particular angle really highlighted how some …

Perch Spy

One of the ladies at the concierge desk at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco told a story about how people’s parrots got loose ages ago and mated, creating a wild local population of exotic birds. On one of our hikes, we took Vallejo St to the end and walked …

Natural Frame

I was taking a quick photo of my daughter on a Sunday afternoon when a butterfly touched down in the lilac bush just behind her. It was having a veritable feast and didn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Sometimes luck has everything to do with it.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Jellyfish freak me out; there is something about them that is very eerie; the slow undulation, the translucency – something just makes me shiver a little when I see one.. Creepiness aside, they are also very beautiful; like moving poems. I was happy to be able to capture a picture …

Pondering

Seriously; is it possible to take a bad photo of an elephant? They are so photogenic! Every elephant I have ever seen looks like some wizened wizard (who happens to be naked and weighs a lot more than I do). There is just something about them that makes me feel …

Filled Frame

I did something like this before, but I can never shoot enough images of elephants. They are truly larger-than-life to me. Everyone knows how big elephants can be; a photograph can diminish that sometimes. I like trying to convey the size of something by limiting how much of it can be seen. Capturing …

Determination

I shot this image early in the morning during a trip to Algonquin Park in August 2006. I love watching Loons. They are like poetry in motion (even if they take forever to take off). Their beautiful colouring really makes for a dramatic photograph, no matter what the background. f/4 …