BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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BEE AT WORK

This bee was right in the thick of it, gathering pollen as he gave a nod in my direction. I used to be wary of bees and still have a great deal of respect for them, but I’ve learned that if left undisturbed they are not generally aggressive and just want to get on with the work at hand.


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PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLIES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

A steep path through the woods led to an open field. We often stop by hoping to spot something interesting. It was late October and we hadn’t expected to see butterflies and especially not in the numbers we did that afternoon. I spotted one, then another, painted ladies were everywhere. It seems we were on their migration path last fall as they headed south. Luckily we were out that day and saw them too.


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LONG-HORNED BEETLE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Here are two more examples of insects I have taken with a telephoto lens, I had to do a fair amount of cropping but retained the detail in the images.
I was never a great fan of insects in the past. But since encountering them out in the field, I can appreciate their beauty, fearlessness and the important role they play in nature.


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PASSING PARADE

Like many cities with short summers, Ottawa is packed with festivals and events throughout the warmer months. Often several occur at the same time on the same day so there’s plenty to choose from. We were at one such event on Parliament Hill, when I took a break from the crowds. I was happy to come across this ladybug taking in the sights, opting for a snack not listed on the food truck menu boards😊 .


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SWALLOWTAIL

I remember the day I took this photograph. It was hot. Mid-July. We had been walking along a dusty path beside a field overgrown with tall grass and wildflowers that seemed to thrive despite the heat. We were nearing the end of our walk when this swallowtail landed on a nearby flower. It was in no hurry and I was able to take several photographs. I have not seen a black swallowtail again and was pretty pleased to have had this opportunity.


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DRAGONFLY

As the long days of winter drag on continue, I dream of warm weather and plan summer projects. One of these is to do more insect photography. I never really appreciated their variety and beauty until I took up photography more seriously. Dragonflies are favourites of mine for their colour and delicacy and how they seem to pose so thoughtfully for the camera.


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CURE FOR THE WINTERTIME BLUES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

A perfect summer day; sunny and green and the dragonflies were there for the taking. I took these handheld with my Nikon 70-200mm lens (I’m not one for carrying multiple lenses when I’m out for the day). I love this lens for nature photography like this. It’s a great all around lens.