BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Painted Turtles-2

Painted turtles always look grumpy. In doing a bit of reading, I’ve discovered that they are a species of Special Concern here in Ontario. Cars and habitat loss are their main threats. Painted turtles are also slow to mature and only lay a small clutch of eggs. If just a few die the whole turtle population can be impacted. I now see why they look so grumpy.

Painted Turtles

 

 

 


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HUMMINGBIRD MOTH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Hummingbird Moth-2

A gardener friend introduced me to these insects a few years ago. She had seen a hummingbird moth at a nursery and I joined her the next time she went.  I saw one that day and most summers since.  Hovering as they go from flower to flower they do live up to their name.

Hummingbird Moth


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LADY BUG

Lady Bug

This little beetle is always on the move which makes taking their photo a bit of a sport. If you see one on a plant, wait a minute and you’ll probably see a few more. A good thing too, as it means you get more than one chance to take a photo.


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BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Black-capped Chickadee

The chickadee, about to tuck into his snack, was at quite a distance from me but still in range. It’s nice to photograph birds and other animals when they’re engaged in some activity,  or as in this case, about to be.

Black-capped Chickadee 2


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ANOTHER FEMALE WOOD DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Wood Duck

Wood Ducks arrive every spring like clockwork and last year was no exception.  The reserve we go to has a good number of these ducks and the lake has many coves to catch a quiet moment 😊.

Wood Duck-2


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SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER

Skipper

I’m more accustomed to seeing orange skippers (the Least or European) in my area so I was pleased to see this new variety. As the summer progresses, many butterflies linger as they feed and don’t seem to be bothered by the passing photographer.


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BUTTERFLY AND BEE

Butterfly and Bee

My eye was on the tortoiseshell butterfly, I didn’t see the bee at first. This was the first and only time I’ve seen this kind of butterfly. It’s interesting to see more than one insect on a plant at once, a bit of drama at play. In the end the butterfly blinked first and moved on.


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PINK-EDGED SULPHUR

Butterfly

I saw quite a few sulphurs last year, all within the span of a few days. We were walking along some flower beds in a botanical garden hoping to see some painted lady butterflies.  The day was a bonanza of butterflies, we saw three different kinds, including the sulphur.


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FROG CHALLENGE

Tree Frog

The size of the tree frog perched in a dense clump of flowers and the light proved quite the challenge. I have only ever seen a couple of tree frogs before and I couldn’t walk away without a photo. I waited, changed my position and waited some more but he never turned my way.  In the end though, I was pretty happy with the shot I got.


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FUN WITH FROGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Frogs

Frogs are no easier to spot when on land or in the water. A jump or a splash usually alerts me to their presence. The first frog looks pretty bold. The leopard frog in the second photo probably hopes he has disappeared into the background. Almost but not quite.

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RING-NECKED DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Ringbilled duck 1

These ducks arrive in late October and never swim close to shore. They bob around in the middle of the lake, just a bit too far out. Yet I thought the scene was still worth taking as it captured the mood of a late fall day.

Ringbilled duck


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HOUSE FINCH

House Finch

House Finches are native to western North America but were introduced in the east.  Their colour, particularly the red plumage of the male varies according to diet. They’re attractive little birds, although quite common I rarely seem them.


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SKIMMER DRAGONFLY

Dragonfly

Another surefire sign of summer is the arrival of dragonflies.  I saw this skimmer in early August. Each variety puts in an appearance throughout the summer.  I’ve even seen a few still flying around late in the season if the weather remains warm.


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CABBAGE WHITES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Cabbage Whites-2

Another sure sign of summer are cabbage white butterflies. Their caterpillars are rough on gardeners but as adults they feed on nectar and are a pleasure to see. Unlike many butterflies, they fly slowly between the flowers and seem to linger longer than most.

Cabbage Whites


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A WALK IN THE PARK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Arboriteum

Just a walk in the park, actually a photo from a walk I took at the Dominion Arboretum, located on 64 acres of land in the city of Ottawa. You can’t see an offshoot of the Rideau Canal because the vegetation was so thick it hid it. A spot I hope to return to soon.

Arboriteum-2


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TRILLIUMS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

Trillums

Three trilliums for this cold day in May.  Last weekend the weather was warm and sunny, today we’re having snow showers. Despite the weather, the flowers know it’s there time.  I took these photos in May two years ago.  I imagine they’re about ready to bloom this year too.

Trillums-3Trillums-2


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TULIP TIME (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Tulips

I took these photos last May at our city’s annual tulip festival. The festival was cancelled this year due to the pandemic but as I go most years, I have many photos in reserve.  When we drove by the site the other day, some flowers had begun to open (the bulbs are planted every fall).  It’s been a cool spring so the flowers are a bit late to bloom.

Tulips-2

 


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LOOKOUT

Heron

 

 

The heron was across the lake from me, having a look around. It remained in place for longer than I did. These birds can remain motionless for long periods of time particularly when stalking their prey. They are singleminded and ignore everything else around them.


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CENTRE OF ATTENTION

Egret and geese

The egret was the bright spot on the water and stood out among the canada geese.  We see the occasional egret, heron or cormorant along with huge numbers of geese in this body of water but they’re always at a fair distance. Scenes like this stretch the limits of my lens but make for a pleasant perspective.