BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

Our favourite reserve was damaged in a destructive windstorm storm last week and is closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We’ll miss the beauty of the place and the animals that call it home. In the meantime we’ve been exploring new trails and spotted this white-throated sparrow along one of them.


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LANEWAYS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

There are some interesting laneways in the downtown that make for interesting walks in the summertime. Gardens spring up on balconies and even wild flowers push through the pavement. These two gatekeepers kept a watchful eye on me as I made my way down the lane.


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PEARL CRESCENT BUTTERFLY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I featured this butterfly last month and at the time I thought it was a Fritillary. Someone commenting on the post suggested it might be a a Pearl Crescent and I believe they were right. Identifying butterflies is a talent I am working on. I usually like to capture more of the eye of my subject but in this case I will settle for the butterfly’s beautiful wings. You might notice in these two photos that a bee is collecting pollen on the very same flower the butterfly is on. Perhaps a gentle sign from nature that we should all just get along.

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BUSY SEASON (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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These photos were taken late in the summer when the bees were really stepping up production. They were everywhere you looked and though I had set out to take some bird photographs, I tend to try for whatever is at hand. The light was perfect that morning, and when I saw the bee against the flower. I took some shots. Taken with my 300mm lens and teleconverter, a bit of a challenge at such close range. I was able to get more insect photos well into September because the early fall was nice and mild.

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FROG WATCH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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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.

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FEMALE RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

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At first I thought this was a sparrow but after a bit of research I believe it’s a female red-winged blackbird. Both the male and female blackbirds are striking, although quite dissimilar looking. It’s nice to find something in a photograph that sets it apart, in this case the bird’s head crest adds some interest. The bird was well into the woods when I spotted it so the photograph was quite dark. A few adjustments to the contrast and exposure brightened things up.


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MORE COMMON GRACKLE PHOTOGRAPHS

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The common grackle is another bird I look forward to seeing in the spring. If the lighting is right their colouring is pretty dramatic and their brilliant yellow eyes give them a determined look. It’s always nice to catch a bird doing something, in these shots it appears to be gathering nesting material. Although they cause a lot of crop damage, in the wild they are fun to watch and photograph.

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