BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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THIS OLD TREE

I have always loved this old tree. It hangs on by the edge of the lake, battered and scarred but still standing. The graceful curve of its bark forming a waterfall-like reflection in the water and one of its branches forming a jetty. Birds still gather near it, the wood duck and her chicks having a rest for a while.


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FEMALE REDSTART

I saw this female Redstart during nesting period last Spring. We were climbing up a steep, tree lined path when someone up ahead motioned to the nest. This shot was taken on an uneven surface through the trees and although the bird’s body was nice and sharp, her head wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked it. Yet, it was my first nesting Redstart, so all and all not a bad beginning to the season.


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NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

What a splendid looking duck! I’ve only seen a northern shoveler this one time and if I don’t get the opportunity again, I feel pretty lucky to have seen one just this once. He was swimming on his own in a quiet inlet, enjoying some duckweed as we walked by. I like to think he had some company on his flight south, perhaps his mate was swimming out of view.


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ANTICIPATION (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Our local florists and grocery stores are stocked with spring bulbs and flowers, By late February most of us are eager for signs of spring. These tulips were taken last May at our annual tulip festival, still several months away but it’s never too early to enjoy their colour and anticipate their return.


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MORE WOOD DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I never tire of wood ducks, especially in full colour with autumn reflections in the water. As I had mentioned in a recent post, wood ducks were found in great numbers last year and we had a mild fall so they remained well into November. There’s nothing like this punch of colour on a dull February day.


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LANEWAY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I enjoy turning off a city street when I notice a laneway. A few of the city’s older commercial/residential neighbourhoods have some interesting lanes to explore. The chair under the No Parking sign looked out of place in this setting. Perhaps it was placed there years ago but it looked as though it was still used by someone…


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WOOD DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Of all the ducks at the reserve last year, wood ducks were there in the greatest numbers, mallards usually outnumber all other ducks but not this past season. By late summer you could get closer to the wood ducks than earlier in the year without frightening them off. The lake has many inlets and coves with plenty of perches the ducks like to climb onto, making for some wonderful backdrops.