BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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WOOD DUCKS

Wood Ducks

I took this photograph last May.  The wood ducks had arrived a few weeks earlier and were sporting their fine breeding colours.  I imagine they are back at the lake this year. I do hope we get to enjoy them again at one point this summer.


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NORTHERN CARDINALS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

CardinalsA bit of cheer brought to you by this handsome pair. This bridge is a nice place to stop and look around to see where the locals are. Cardinals are usually pretty skittish but these two weren’t. Lucky for me.

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FROG THURSDAY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

FrogThere’s a little pond in a wildlife garden we go to that has several resident leopard frogs. I always check the pond when we first get there and again when we leave. Most times the frogs hardly budge, so I can always take a few more photos.

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METALLIC BEES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Sweat Bees I took these photos early last fall. It was a good year for these brilliantly coloured bees. The first was taken in the woods and the second in a neighbourhood garden, both with my 300 mm lens, which I often use for close ups like these. It keeps me at a comfortable distance from stinging insects although these bees are usually too busy feeding to pay me any attention.

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DAPPER DUCK

Mallard on rock

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I’m pretty partial to mallards. I never get tired of photographing them. Unlike their more flashy cousins, many are here year round, always ready for a close up or group photo. Good looking ducks full of personality.


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GREAT BLUE HERONS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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The Great Blue Heron in the first photo was taken at our local reserve. I saw the second bird at a city park close to the river. The heron at the reserve was looking for lunch, while the second heron had already found his; the unlucky frog in his beak.

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GBH


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CHICKADEE ON SUMAC

ChickadeeA chickadee from last spring. Usually at this point, I’m at the reserve looking out for early spring migrants. This year, it’s different for everyone. So for the time being I’ll be posting photos I took earlier last year.


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HOODED MERGANSER

MerganserWe don’t see many hooded mergansers. When we do, they’re usually too far away to get a decent photo. This female was closer to shore than usual, she was on her own, no other ducks in sight. When she saw me, she swam away but I did manage to get this parting shot.