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STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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STILL A CITY GAL (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Although city born and bred, in the short time that I’ve been doing photography I’ve gravitated towards nature photography. I love being in the outdoors and a camera by my side has become a natural extension of that experience. A combination of factors has led me to try street photography: weather (it can get mighty cold here in winter and walking through the woods in -20C isn’t that appealing); exploring the more interesting parts of my city on foot (you see so much more than when driving by in a car); and an interest in trying something new and expanding my photography skills. So here goes…

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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I’m fond of these little birds with their oversized heads and nasal calls. They’re often seen moving sideways or upside down on tree trunks; I was happy to catch this nuthatch in an upright position. It was in a dark part of the forest so I made a few exposure adjustments in Lightroom and corrected a slight green colour-cast in Photoshop.

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CITY GARDEN (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I live in an area of the city that is a mix of the old and the new. Although it’s the downtown, when you veer off the main roads you’re in little neighbourhoods with an older feel. On this particular day I set out to take some cityscapes, something I haven’t done much of. My focus was on brick and glass, the play of light, patterns and shadow. I was working in that vein and then came upon the scene captured in these photographs; an old house with a tiny lawn and wrought iron fence that abutted the sidewalk. Room enough for this sparrow and a morning glory.

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GREAT EGRET (FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS)

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We have seen several Great Egrets over the past few weeks at the reserve we visit. When I came upon this individual it was perched on top of a beaver lodge, around 50 feet from where I stood along with some other photographers. I’m sure it saw us but didn’t seem to mind. It turned and stretched and preened for quite a while then hopped off the lodge and waded in the water. Although there are a few Egrets at the lake, I think I’ve been photographing the same bird each time I visit as it’s always in the same general area. This is the first in a series of Great Egret posts that will appear on my blog.

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SUNSHINE DAY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Fall begins today but the weather has remained nice and warm and we haven’t seen the last of the flowers. I took these photographs on a particularly sunny day last week when it felt more like July than mid September. I was happy that the metallic bee landed on the flower in the second photograph. A little jewel in a sea of gold.

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LAND, SEA AND AIR (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

land-sea-air-1The Canada Geese are back in record numbers. They return to our area in late March to breed. Once their goslings are raised they fly off and then return in the fall until the first frost. Many consider them pests; they can be messy, large and loud but there’s something you have to like about these birds. They’re graceful in flight and in the water and do mug for the camera.

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MIMIC FLY IN JULY

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I’m putting this post up on a dark rainy afternoon at the end of summer. In going through my photographs I came across this scene taken back in July. The warm colours and the industrious mimic fly was the perfect antidote for the scene outside my window.