Category Archives: Fauna

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 …

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 …

Chipmunking Around

Hiking any trail in Algonquin Park is a rewarding experience. Critters like this Chipmunk can be found scurrying about – but sometimes you luck out and manage to find one standing still enough for you to get close and actually focus!

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 …

Belly Up to the Bark

While walking the trails in any park, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open. You never know what you might find. This slithery subject almost escaped my attention, but an uncommon shifting sound gave away this snake’s position. I carefully crept up and captured it when it froze. …

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.