BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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DRAGONFLIES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Dragonfly 2Although dragonflies can be challenging subjects, in watching them you become familiar with their behaviour and can often anticipate where they will land. The dragonfly in the first photograph was on a perch just above the water which made for a pleasing background. They are one of my favourite insects to photograph.

Dragonfly


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IRIS

IrisFollowing a trail down to the lake one year, I spotted an Iris growing right off the water. I was standing close to the water’s edge, looking for ducks and almost missed the flower tucked to the side. Every June, I follow the same trail down to the lake and continue to see the Iris return each year.


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EASTERN GREY

SquirrelAlthough this photo was taken in November, the trees were bare and the sky overcast. It looks more like mid winter than late fall. Of all the squirrels in our woods this variety of eastern grey is the most watchful.


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LATE IN THE SEASON (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

2 Geese-2

It was late fall and the geese would be flying south soon. When the trees are bare I get a different feel for the landscape. I can appreciate its starkness and see the detail that is normally overlooked in summer. The geese add additional interest to the scene.

2 Geese

 


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DAMSELFLIES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Damselfly 2

It will be a few months before we see any damselflies or dragonflies, members of the Odonata species of insects. We begin to see the first dragonflies in May, followed by damselflies a little later. They are delicate looking insects and small, the leaves provide a good sense of scale.  I took these photos with my 70-200mm f/2.8.  I use it often for close up photography because I tend to walk around with only one lens (I don’t like to carry much gear).  I had to crop but still managed to get nice detail.

Damselflies-2


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WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

SparrowThe white-throated sparrow is a common visitor to backyard feeders but having neither a backyard or a feeder I spotted this bird in the woods. I usually see a few in season but no more than that. This little bird perched himself on a fallen tree and remained there long enough for me to take his photo.