BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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TWO GRASSHOPPERS

I haven’t taken too many grasshoppers. If you manage to scare one up when walking along and see where it lands, you have a chance at a photo. That’s why this shot was particularly lucky. I came across these two when focusing on something else in the grass and saw them frozen on the stalk.


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LATE FALL – 2 (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The first flower is wearing its Halloween colours, The second still has a petal or two but my eye was attracted by its intricate centre. You might have to look a little longer for flower subjects at this point in the fall but they’re out there.


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SOUTHWARD BOUND

I saw this white-throated sparrow last October. Although many remain in North America during the winter, given our cold climate, I believe this one was just passing through on its way south. There was plenty for it to eat on this warm fall day.


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GREEN HERON

I watched as the green heron carefully scanned the water looking for a passing fish. It watched, it patrolled, and waited some more. All the herons I’ve photographed are the most patient of fishermen, more patient than this photographer. I took some photos and left the bird as I continued my walk.


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PILEATED WOODPECKER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I usually see pileated woodpeckers high up in the trees, rarely on the ground. As we were walking along we came across this bird excavating the bark of a fallen tree. It must have been full of insects because he continued on long after we had taken our fill of photographs and moved on.


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MALE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

Although quite common, I’ve only seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker once, a few years ago. They are fairly small and beautifully patterned woodpeckers. We heard the bird hammering away at a tree and followed the sound. It was busy feeding and wasn’t at all bothered by our presence.


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LATE FALL (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

We are very lucky to live in a climate where we’re treated to the changing seasons. The trees are beginning to make dazzling displays. As colourful as they are right now, I find them interesting subjects and still beautiful as they begin to fade and show the effects of time.


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FALL CROCUS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I was surprised to see these crocus growing in a friend’s garden. It’s a flower I thought only grew in the spring, often pushing through the melting snow. For a second there I thought we had skipped winter and gone directly into spring 😏.


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METALLIC BEE

The metallic bee goes by several names, the least attractive being sweat bee which doesn’t do it justice. This one is a female, as its able to carry pollen on its back legs, the male is not. Their season is drawing to a close so it was nice to catch sight of just one more this year.


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CHIPMUNK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I think this was a young chipmunk as it stayed quite close and watched me as I took some photographs of him. Young animals seem quite curious, this one was. I hope it grows up quickly because there’s a lot of danger lurking nearby.


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THE ELPHIN (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The Elphin is an iconic 1960s apartment building in Ottawa. The building had all the amenities of the day, including a darkroom for camera enthusiasts. The Elphin with its namesake elf and look retains a charm lost by the modern glass towers nearby.


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MOURNING DOVE

Mourning Dove

It was nice to catch the mourning dove tilting its head.  I thought it made for a more interesting photo. I learned that they exist in large numbers and are prolific breeders which is a good thing, as they’re heavily hunted in North America.  Their name is derived from their rather plaintive call.


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RAILWAY OSPREYS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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There are quite a few abandoned railway bridges in the countryside. With the closure of many Mills, railroads were no longer needed to move goods.  Some of the bridges have been reclaimed by Ospreys who build their nests and raise their young on them. When we noticed the nest on the first bridge, we stopped the car and waited to see what would happen.  We didn’t have to wait long as an adult flew in to feed the young bird.

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Railway

 


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CARDINALS CHILLING (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Cardinals

Different male cardinals, photographed on the same day.  Both birds are moulting although the first bird looks somewhat rougher than the second.  I took these photos last year about this time. The breeding season is now past, food is plentiful and even the birds get to chill for a bit. 😊

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MUSKRAT

Muskrat

You can see how the muskrat got its name. It has quite the tail. Like the beaver the muskrat uses its tail as a rudder and slaps it when it senses danger. They are terrific swimmers and when they dive it’s difficult to determine where they will resurface.


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OWL AND THE CHICKADEE

Owl and the Chickadee

The woods were quiet, no squirrels about. This usually means there’s an owl or hawk nearby. Sure enough we saw this Screech Owl comfortably perched in the cavity of a tree. What did surprise me was the agitated chickadee flying close to the dozing owl. Brave or reckless, I couldn’t decide.


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GEESE, LOST AND FOUND (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I found this image on a memory card that was in a camera I hadn’t picked up in months. It was like finding something you had forgotten about in a coat pocket.  The cooler days aren’t here yet but scenes like these are fast approaching.

Geese


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UNDERCOVER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Mushrooms

It’s been a very hot dry summer. After just a bit of rain, a few mushrooms are starting to appear.  I spotted these two in deep shade.  Even at ISO 1000 my depth of field was a bit narrow. This rather ordinary subject is always challenging fun.

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FEMALE MALLARD (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I took these photos from a floating bridge.  I was using a long lens, the duck was close by and I couldn’t put much distance between me and the duck.  I would have liked more but you can’t really go wrong with a subject like this.

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MY BAGS ARE PACKED

Bee

Yesterday was the first time I’ve picked up a camera in a long while. We spent the morning with friends in their wonderful garden. As we walked and talked I took a couple of photos. I was pretty pleased with the results, and was happy to see that I could still shoot a moving object. 😊


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MUSKRAT

Muskrat

I haven’t returned to the reserve where this was taken at all this year. There are just too many people. In looking through my folders, I came upon this photo I took a few years ago.  We usually see a few muskrats each summer and that year was no exception.  They can be tricky subjects as their wet fur often reflects odd colours.


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CANADA GOOSE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Geese

Canada Geese can be elegant in the water and a different bird on land where you have to approach them with care.  They can be territorial during breeding season, with their young and after they’ve been feeding, you have to watch your step.  On the water they can be quite different, languid and graceful.

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