BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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GREEN HERON (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

Green Heron - 1

This heron was having a good day. First he scooped up the water bug, later on he caught a small fish (photos for a later post). I had a long lens with me that morning and standing on the muddy shoreline sharing limited space with several other photographers, I was happy to get a number of shots. The green herons have been late arriving this summer. They often fish quite close to shore and don’t seem to mind all the cameras pointed their way, making for a lot of good photo opportunities.

Green Heron - 2

Green Heron - 3


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MIGHTY MALLARDS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Mallard 1

Mallards are the most common duck in our area and although some migrate south in the winter others remain throughout the year. You have to admire that as it gets mighty cold up here! I liked the different poses these two struck. The female looking calm and composed, the male not as much.

Mallard 2


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WOODLAND SUNFLOWERS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Flower & Bee

These flowers came into bloom within a day or two of a heavy rainfall. Despite their lovely sounding name I spotted them off a suburban bike path. Both photographs were taken in bright sunlight using a 300mm lens.  The second one, taken a day later had the lens fitted with a teleconverter and taken at F-6.3, the background had less bokeh.  I had geared up to try my luck with a kingfisher I had seen earlier in the week. It didn’t make an appearance but the flowers were as nice as ever and as the saying goes you “dance with the one that brung ya”.

Yellow Flower 2

 


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SHADES OF GREY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Squirrel -1

Some squirrels in the reserve are quite tame, on alert for handouts. They’ll hold their ground as you approach them on the path in anticipation of a treat. Others will freeze in place hoping you won’t see them. I think this young squirrel wasn’t sure where he stood, hiding in plain sight.

Squirrel -2


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SONG SPARROW (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Sparrow - 2

I was about to cross the bridge that leads to the other side of the park when I saw this song sparrow just ahead of me. He wasn’t easily startled and I took a few shots. These sparrows are common little birds, but their colouring is striking. I believe the bird is a mature individual although given his stance in the first photo, I wondered for a moment. He reminded me of kid trying to steady himself.

Sparrow - 1


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FROG WATCH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Leopard Frog 1

Frogs make excellent subjects, on land or in the water. Sometimes they blend in so well that you might only notice one if it jumps and catches your eye. The Leopard Frog in the first photo, didn’t make any sudden moves, I only noticed it when I was trying to track the flight of an insect. The second photo was taken before a recent rain, when these green frogs were easier to spot because the water was so shallow. I like the spider “tattoo” on its cheek.

Frog 2


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ANOTHER TAKE

Chickadee

I usually crop closer to my subject but in this case the Black-capped chickadee was only one element of the photograph. I liked the way the branches framed the bird and the the leaves opposite it added balance to the shot. As I learn more about photography and look beyond the obvious subject in the frame, I see how the background and lighting and the play of colours can turn a photo into something you might look at just a bit longer.

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