BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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LADYBUGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

With the cold weather closing in, it’s nice to go back in my files and look at summer scenes, when it was warm, colours were vibrant and you could take your time with a photograph without stamping your feet to keep warm! Ladybugs seem to sum up that well.


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A QUIET SPOT (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Just off a downtown thoroughfare we came upon this quiet courtyard adjacent to a coffee shop and an apartment building. As we sat and sipped our coffee, this corner was a pleasant break from the busy street just metres away. The city offers many spaces like this, on foot and with a camera at the ready, just waiting to be discovered.


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CONTENTED DUCKS

This was taken less than a month ago when the trees were in full autumn colour and the water was open. Nearing the end of November, it’s decidedly colder and wetter. It hasn’t decided whether to snow or pelt us with freezing rain today. We saw some Canada Geese heading south yesterday but there are still some around. Some of the mallards and American Black Ducks tough it out all winter long. We’ll be checking up on them as soon as we get a break in the weather.


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RED SQUIRREL

Red Squirrels are pretty bold with other squirrels. Although much smaller than the greys they often chase them around. In this case the squirrel stood his ground and kept eating as I took his picture. He never took his eyes off me but didn’t budge either.


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NOVEMBER MALLARD

When we got to the reserve, the lake was covered in a thin sheen of ice with only a bit of open water. A mallard pair came alongside the path as we were leaving. They hugged the shoreline so most shots were a bit obscured by bushes. When this female mallard turned to look out at the frozen lake one could imagine she too couldn’t believe that this had happened, practically  overnight.


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GOLDEN GEESE

Canada Geese get a lot of mixed reviews. They’re often loud, messy and aggressive, not one of our more popular exports! But when you capture them, with a beautiful fall reflection as background, no complaints here. I hope the geese haven’t moved on yet given the cold snap we’ve had. We’re off to check on them this afternoon and hope to find a few holdouts.


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FAIR WEATHER SPARROW

The weather plummeted overnight. We woke to -21C windchill this morning, so instead of heading out with my camera, I’m featuring a photo I took last month when the weather was more hospitable. Typical November weather pattern, it promises to warm up over the weekend so I should be hitting the trails in the next day or two.