BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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SLIGHT SHIFT

 

I went for a walk in our neighbourhood today, a familiar route but one I hadn’t taken in the past few weeks. I noticed that the variety of flowers in the gardens had dwindled and what remained was looking tired. The weather is still hot and summer is still with us but the feeling of a long lazy summer stretching out before us is no longer there.


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THE QUEEN’S BEETLE

 I noticed a nice grouping of Queen Anne’s Lace that I wanted to photograph. When I got a little closer I noticed a Common Red Soldier Beetle walking along its surface. They are partial to open-structured flowers.


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CROSSING THE FINISH LINE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The vein in the leaf made the title of this post easy. I’m not a fan of yellow jacket wasps and usually head in the opposite direction when they’re flying close by. In this case it was a cool morning and the insect seemed lethargic, so I took these photos with little worry.


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GREAT EGRET (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

 

There’s a wetland not far from town that we drive to a few times over the summer.  When we pulled over we saw a solitary Egret fishing.  I wasn’t using my longest lens but the 300mm did a fair job. After a few minutes,  I looked away and when I looked back the bird was in the air. Look at those legs, pulled together like a diver in flight!


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CITY ART

This wonderful mural by Ottawa artist Christopher Griffin, appears on the wall of a downtown building. It’s on a busy street, so I wonder how many people have seen it as they drive by. When I’m on foot I always stop to look at it and today I had my camera. 


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GRACKLE IN THE GRASS

I usually see grackles near water or in trees, so I was surprised to see this bird walking along in the grass.  I know people with bird feeders tend to dislike grackles as they will bully the other birds. I like them though and admire their keen eye and good looks (they also keep the insect population down).   


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FLAMINGO FANFARE

Frequent viewers have likely noticed that I haven’t been featuring many birds lately. Sticking closer to home, sightings have been fewer – but then I stumbled upon this small pink flamingo. Not as rare as you might think in our urban environment 😏 


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FINE RECEPTION

As small as it is, this milkweed beetle stood out nicely on the plant it’s named after. Both milkweed and the beetle are toxic so it needn’t worry about being someone’s lunch. It has an impressive set of antennae; it’s a member of the longhorn beetle family. 


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BEE BREAK

I’ve seen bees this motionless early in the day when it’s cool.  I took this photo mid morning so that wasn’t the cause. The bee looked to be in good condition, maybe it was just taking a break from collecting pollen.


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HOVER FLY ON FLEABANE

Hover flies or flower flies are valuable insects. The larvae of some species prey on aphids and the adults are pollinators. Until I picked up a camera I wasn’t aware of these attractive little insects. Now I look out for them each summer.