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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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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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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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.


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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.