BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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UNDERSTATED (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Goose

The Canada Goose might not be Canada’s favourite export. They’re noisy, messy birds, and can be aggressive to both people and other geese when they feel threatened. However, they are quite elegant when you catch them in a pose like this.

Canada Goose-2


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FALL COLLECTION – 4 (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Fall Flowers 1This photo was taken in late October. I liked the contrasting shapes and colours of the flowers and leaves. There’s something very appealing about these fading flowers, beauty in their imperfection.

Fall Flowers 1-2


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FEMALE WOOD DUCK

WoodduckStanding on a platform looking out at the lake we saw this female wood duck doing the same. I rarely see a male wood duck on its own, the females seem to appreciate the quiet though. No chicks in sight, probably taking a break from it all.


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SUMMER BREEZE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Daisy 1

It’s a challenge to photograph flowers when the wind picks up a bit. Daisies can be seen in the fields and along roadsides everywhere right now. The goat’s beard is a less common wildflower and I’m always pleased to be able to photograph one.

Daisy 2


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BIKE STOP (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Bicycle-2I liked this solitary bike leaning up against the fire escape of the old house. I kept walking around on the sidewalk until I got it and the house at an interesting angle. As much as I like the colour in the photo, I think the black and white version is better suited to the image.

Bicycle


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A FINE MIX (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Columbine & Wood PoppyThe Red or Canadian Columbine and Wood Poppy are wild flowers that grow in Eastern North America this time of year. I took these photos at the Wildlife Garden I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Between the birds and the flowers we’ll be visiting there as often as we can. We also stopped by our local nature reserve to see if it had reopened, it’s still closed due to high water levels. 😏

Columbine & Wood Poppy-2


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HAIRY WOODPECKER

Hairy WoodpeckerThis female hairy woodpecker was taken in a wildlife garden in the city. We saw more birds that one morning than I saw all of last spring. There was a feeder close by and the birds were taking turns at it. I waited for the bird to settle in a nearby tree and took this shot.


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LOOKING UP

Lady Bug

There are few things more pleasing than the colours of early summer. The ladybug was slowly making its way up the blade of grass. I watched it for a while before walking on. It’s a bit early yet for scenes like this but things are slowly coming into bloom; sunny days ahead.


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SLOW SPRING (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Church 2Circumstances have limited my chances for photography this spring but I did take these scenes mid April. I liked the colours and textures in the scene and the bit of new growth pushing through the hardscrabble soil. The weather is still quite cold and many parts of the country are experiencing severe flooding, so our favourite reserve close to the water is inaccessible.

Church


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GREAT EGRET

 

EgretIt’s unusual to see an egret perched on a beaver lodge, normally we see them wading in the water or fishing. The bird stood there for quite a while and I managed to get him in several poses, the first of which is shown here. Most summers we see several egrets and herons in this one location, not last year. The lake was very high which must have made for challenging conditions. They likely found some easier spots to fish.


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CEDAR WAXWING

Waxwing 2

Another sign of spring is the return of cedar waxwings. We usually see them in a group or ear-full (as they’re known collectively) but I only saw this one bird. It was nice to get him out in the open before the leaves were out.


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BALE OF TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Painted TurtleThere are several kinds of turtles in our waterways. These photos feature two of them – the painted turtle and the Blanding’s turtle, which has a domed shaped shell and bright yellow throat. It’s on the threatened species list so it’s pretty exciting when we see one.

Blanding's Turtle

 


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HARDY DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Mallard in Snow

It’s been a long cold winter. The snow drifts are high beside the river. Mallards congregate here because this portion of the river is fast moving and doesn’t freeze. As we approached the river’s edge we fell in behind a man carrying a huge sack of cracked corn for the ducks. We stood back as the ducks mobbed the man. As we were leaving I saw this mallard a ways from the crowd and took this shot.

Mallard in Snow-2


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RING-BILLED GULL

GULLThe Ring-billed gull is the most common gull in North America and like many birds migrates south in the winter. I took this photograph in November. It was nice to see the bird in a natural setting as they often congregate in city parking lots. It perched on the log for quite a while where I could appreciate its good looks, something I had never really noticed before.


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IT’S ALL RELATIVE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Vole

This cute little rodent is a relative of the mouse and is commonly called a vole or field mouse. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen and I was able to take a number of photographs as he was unaware of or unconcerned by my presence.  He might have been a young animal that had not yet developed a sense of fear. I watched him for a while and then left him to his ramble.

Vole 2


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NORTHERN CARDINAL

cardinal

Although I took this photo in October the background suggests summer. The bird appears to be molting, another hint that the season was moving along. No matter the time of year, or less than perfect plumage, cardinals are always a delight.