BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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WINTER’S COMING

I took this photo shooting down at the duck so she wasn’t quite as filled out as she looks. However, all the birds at the reserve, ducks included, were stocking up on that cold November day. I thought the colourful reeds added an attractive element to the photo.


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HANDSOME DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I’m not sure who spotted who first but this duck was there for the taking. I believe it’s an American Black Duck although I’ve never noticed one with such a striking blue patch before. I was struck by his cool, calm and collected expression!


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GREEN HERON

I took many shots of this Green Heron that August day and will feature more in the coming weeks. When herons are intent on fishing they pay little attention to the birdwatching and photographic audience. Lucky for us, as we watched he went about his business. In this shot his head feathers are still a bit messed up from a recent catch in the lake.


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FALL DAY IN THE COUNTRY

There is a lot of beautiful countryside not far from Ottawa but it’s rare to get a good vantage point to do landscape photography. There are more highways than gravel roads so it’s difficult to stop the car, get out and set up the shot. I took this photograph last year so I can’t remember exactly where it was was taken. If I could, I’d go back again. The scene was lovely, and it had all the elements of fall in the countryside (minus the cows 🙂 ).


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CABBAGE WHITE IN BLACK AND WHITE

A bit more summer on display. I aways enjoy these butterflies with their delicate tones. I thought a black and treatment might be interesting to try. Unlike many butterflies, cabbage whites tend to linger a little longer on their perches making them easier subjects to photograph.


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SMALL MILKWEED BUGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

More summertime visitors. The milkweed bug’s bright colour acts as a warning to predators to stay away but attracts photographers as they stand out on most flowers. Both of these photographs were taken handheld with a 105mm lens. The first photo was taken using a flash at F14, 1/250 sec, the second at F11 at 1/1000 sec (no flash).


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FOREST SCENES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Another set of photographs when fall was bursting with colour. The first photo was taken through the trees. I like the contrast of the dark wood and the leaves against the brilliant blue of the sky. I also spotted this one leaf that had been perfectly placed by the wind. It dressed up an already colourful tree trunk.