BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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PATTERNS ON THE SHORE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

On a walk by the river, I noticed the exposed roots of the old tree. They formed swirling patterns on the shoreline. They reminded me of the legs of some fantastic sea creature.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD FAVOURITE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

This was taken in a garden of an old house in the neighbourhood. The garden is left to itself and it’s thriving. It begins the season with a few tulips, then on to lilacs, lilies of the valley and later in the summer, tiger lilies. There are plenty of wild flowers too including these Dame’s-Rockets. A neighbourhood favourite for bees as well.


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ROBIN GOTHIC

I didn’t have a chance to change the exposure compensation as the robin landed close by. I took the photo and despite how dark it was I liked it. I made a few adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop and this is the result.


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MONDAY WALK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Under the current Covid stay at home orders staying close to home is what we’re doing. I’ve always enjoyed walking in our neighbourhood and this spring it’s like seeing everything for the first time.


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BY THE RIVERSIDE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

On this side of the reserve the river runs quickly. Threats to these mallard ducklings are fewer; the snapping turtles remain on the lake opposite and fewer hawks patrol the area. I came upon this family group on the river’s edge, two years ago. I hope to see similar scenes before too long.


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GET CRACKING

During this unusual winter, I thought I’d try my hand at doing some studio work. Here is my first eggample 😊. Learning how to use flash: diffusing, blocking, reflecting and positioning it is a steep learning curve but fun too. Stay tuned for more…

 


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FOREST DETAILS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

There’s always something that catches my eye when I’m out for a walk. I liked the windblown leaf pattern on the forest floor and the sapling pushing upward. It was nice to see the mushrooms too.


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PAINTED TURTLE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

This lake has a fair number of resident turtles. As I scanned the water for birds, I noticed a painted turtle enjoying a swim. Now it and its mates are buried deep in the mud, hibernating until spring.


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BROWN CREEPER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

This was a first for me and the only time I’ve ever seen a brown creeper, so it was pretty exciting. Their numbers are declining in the eastern part of North America, due to habitat loss, so I was particularly happy to see one. It’s called a brown creeper but I thought it looked more like it was hugging the tree as it foraged for insects.


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CANADA GEESE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Geese may have their detractors but on a lake in the fall they are among my favourite subjects. They’ve had their young and territory is no longer an issue so scenes like this are common. Ottawa is a city that includes a lot of rural land, so you don’t have to go too far to see them flying in their wonderful V formations (or echelons) as they head south.


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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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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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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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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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