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Icy bubbles

I am Canadian. I love winter. (sort of) OK, if I MUST endure winter, I will focus on the beauty. My recent obsession is freezing bubbles….

Winter Wonderland Day 2- the ice still cometh

I’m not sure of the exact number of hours we’ve been getting freezing rain here in Eastern Ontario, but I think it’s well over 48 hours now…. we seem to be experiencing a brief reprieve before the forecast calls for more this afternoon. Of course, I went back outside with my camera today….

Winter Wonderland

We’re experiencing a minor (major?) freezing rain & ice storm this weekend in Ontario- but rather than get all stressed about it, I decided to enjoy my time at home with some photography… there is so much beauty in ice & snow.

Butterfly on a Thistle

Some may call me a reticent landscaper, but I prefer to believe that a little bit of wild growth at the edge of the mowedlawn is good for nature, and attracts lots of pretty visitors. After all, I live in a rural residential area, surrounded by fields and trees, with a small marsh at the side of my lot. I think sometimes letting nature just “be” is good for us all. Today I had a visit from an orange butterfly (which I have not identified, but I’m sure one of you will!). It was almost as if he was a professional model- turning around as I sat nearby with my camera, so that I could get a good view from all angles! It was also very fashionable of him to sit on a vibrant purple thistle- a nice contrast to his bright orange wings.





Spring Ice Storm

I got a new lens… I am SO in love with it- a 70-200 2.8 Sigma for my Sony a77. We had our last (PLEASE let it be our last) ice storm of the winter/spring season here in Ontario last Friday.  Of course, I went out in the freezing rain to capture some images of […]

Well, Lord love a Duck…

I was at the park today, sitting on a bench, a few minutes early for an engagement session, and suddenly I found myself surrounded by ducks. Ducks are a pretty common sight here on the Lake Ontario/St Lawrence River shoreline, so I hadn’t thought much about them before. Today though, I noticed that one had […]

Nature walk- Gananoque Lichen, Fungi, Bug, Dog and unsuspecting Husband Photographer

Because darn it, I refuse to be put in a box. UNBOX ME! Today I was bored and so I asked my husband to come with me, my camera and the dog for a walk through the woods on a local nature trail in Gananoque. I warned him that I WOULD be stopping frequently to […]

Insects, Bugs, Arachnids and Various Flying Things… (aka- I’m not scared of creepy-crawlies)

So many other bloggers inspire me…. I LOVE looking at other peoples pictures, wondering how they got that light, or that angle, what lens they used, and then sometimes trying something new myself.  In this case, I went back through my archives to find some of my favourite bug pictures, inspired by fellow photog blogger Mike Powell – especially by his amazing pictures of the scary creepy creature on his lavendar plant.  Mine are not NEARLY as technically perfect- some of them were just spontaneous- “quick get that picture”, others were planned….and in the interest of time, I pulled a few from my personal facebook albums- which are in low resolution.  (who knows which hard drive I’ve got some of them on!!!)  Next time I’m feeling like a photo adventure, I might just go in search of BUGS in a more serious fashion.

Also, feel free to correct me on my insect names.  I know my “dragonfly” actually has a different name thanks to thePalGuy and his blog featuring educated commentary on the various creatures he finds during his photowalks. (my commentary is usually limited to ‘this bug is PRETTY’)

So hard to capture a bee in flight… not my technical best, but fun trying!

if you only knew how long I waited for this bee to land….

pretty butterfly on a thistle

so nice of him to sit on the thistle so I get the pretty purple and orange together!

the elusive dragonfly

I could have stayed to watch this guy for hours… (I did stay for a long time though!)

I don’t know why everyone is so afraid of spiders, they are marvellous, beautiful creatures.

this was taken in near darkness with just my on-camera flash… not the best photo- but spiders don’t always wait for you to get all your lighting equipment out!

This guy fell for me- literally- I was walking along and he fell out of a tree onto my shoulder. He’s handsome- but not the most subtle little pick up artist!

Visitors to my Office….. Gananoque Photographer

My full time job is not as a photographer. I support people with disabilities. I have an office- two offices actually… and today I decided was take my camera to work day. I have a lovely view from my 2nd story window- overlooking a field where birds routinely come to play… this is what I […]

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