BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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Milkweed Bug (Correction)

The insect under question was misidentified as a Milkweed Beetle when first posted. (See Steve Gingold’s comment)

I was happy to get this shot so late in September as we’ve had several frost advisories at night.  The milkweed bug didn’t seem to mind though. I had also planned to take landscape shots that morning, so this wasn’t taken with my macro gear. The natural light provided this interesting effect.


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OSPREYS, LATE SUMMER

Volunteers had built two nesting platforms by a local marsh and we’ve been lucky to see osprey there most summers. I’m glad we passed by when we did because on our second visit in early September the nest was empty. The birds had probably begun their migration south.

 


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RING-BILLED GULL

Ring-billed gulls don’t overwinter here, and will head towards the Great Lakes or the Southern United States when the cold sets in. They are very common during the warmer months and when seen outside the city, in a natural setting, are quite attractive birds.


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OFF A COUNTRY ROAD

Friends introduced us to this spot a number of years ago and we’ve been returning ever since. We’ve seen egret and osprey here (we saw both this visit) but I’d come back just for the view.  I’ve never seen beaver though; there’s no fresh wood on the lodge so I think it’s probably been abandoned.


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AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The American Black Duck is very similar in appearance to the female mallard, although its feathers are darker and its bill is an olive yellow. Not as common here as the mallard but still well represented.


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SLIGHT SHIFT

 

I went for a walk in our neighbourhood today, a familiar route but one I hadn’t taken in the past few weeks. I noticed that the variety of flowers in the gardens had dwindled and what remained was looking tired. The weather is still hot and summer is still with us but the feeling of a long lazy summer stretching out before us is no longer there.


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THE QUEEN’S BEETLE

 I noticed a nice grouping of Queen Anne’s Lace that I wanted to photograph. When I got a little closer I noticed a Common Red Soldier Beetle walking along its surface. They are partial to open-structured flowers.