BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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STEPPING OUT

These goslings got an early start to the new year this past spring, still following closely behind one of their parents. The young birds are stepping out to a new day, full of possibilities. What better way for 2018 to begin. Happy New Year everyone!


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CHICKADEE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The chickadee is another all-weather bird here in our forests. To survive the cold winters they remain in flocks to search for food. These flocks are known collectively as a banditry of chickadees, which makes sense as they appear to be wearing masks. They are fearless and adaptable little birds, always a pleasure to see and hear on the trails.


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SPRING COTTONTAIL (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

We came upon this cottontail in a less travelled area of the park. They usually freeze in place when they see us (which this one did) or run away. The rabbit must have been pretty pleased with this patch of grass because he held his ground. We took a few photographs and then left him to his lunch.


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EARLY BIRD

My last post featured a winter scene taken in early March 2017. The photo of the cardinal was taken later that month and you can see that the landscape has taken on a very early Spring feel – no snow, a lot of sunshine and the welcome burst of colour the bird brings to the scene. We’re in the midst of a deep freeze right now but if and when it warms up a bit we’ll take a walk through the woods to see what’s about.


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CANADIAN WINTER SCENE

I took this photo in March 2017, the tail end of winter. The snow on the pond had frozen and thawed many times and no longer had the pristine look of new snow. The two Canada Geese had made an early reappearance and as they look towards the shoreline with its bare trees and snow cover you can imagine their regret. This being Canada though, shortly after I took this photo the snow started to melt and other spring migrants began to return.


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CURE FOR THE WINTERTIME BLUES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

A perfect summer day; sunny and green and the dragonflies were there for the taking. I took these handheld with my Nikon 70-200mm lens (I’m not one for carrying multiple lenses when I’m out for the day). I love this lens for nature photography like this. It’s a great all around lens.


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RED SQUIRRELS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The calendar indicates it’s still fall but it sure looks like winter in the first photo. The second shot was taken in the same location in mid-Spring. It’s tough going for these little guys right now. I hope their stockpiles of food hold out, augmented by kindly passersby.