Blow-out tiger beetle (Cicindela lengi versuta) from Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.

Blow-out tiger beetle (Cicindela lengi versuta) at the burrow entrance. Is it hunkering down for winter?

Due to the September course Introduction to Close-up and Macro Photography that I led at MacEwan, I had a late start this year and I only managed to depart for my regular southern Alberta tour on September 23. I ran into some miserable weather–strong winds, rain, drizzle and freezing nights. Thankfully, there were a few sunny warm periods at each location, so I managed some bug photography. When the weather didn’t suit the bugs, I switched to landscape and general close-up photography, and when the weather didn’t suit me I took refuge in books, sheltered by the car or tent.  More on this trip later…and yes, it was good to come home.

Since my return on October 3, I have been spending some time organizing and planning. I am preparing a Table-top Photography course for MacEwan U., due for presentation in late January next year (a course I have to build from the ground up), but am also tending to home life, house care, organizing my basement work-space and dealing with the garden as it crumples to time and frost. We’re hunkering down for winter.

As for the months ahead, I’ll be working on updating blog and website designs as well as attacking a backlog of images: processing, labeling and uploading. I’ll be returning to focus-stacking images of insects and also sharing some of the images and techniques that I am working on for the course and workshops. A busy season ahead!

Finally, I’ve added a new workshop to the list! Muttart Conservatory has proven to be popular, and its a great place to escape the winter. Visit the Macro Photography at Muttart page for more information. This winter all small-group and individual photography workshops will be on-demand only and not pre-scheduled, so if you are interested, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. When there is sufficient numbers I’ll arrange a workshop date.

That’s all for now, folks. Back to regular blogging soon.

(Image info: 29 September, 2014. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, near the Milk river. Canon T2i , Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens on a Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter. Lighting with a single diffused Canon Speedlite 270EX II. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @f14. Image cropped and processed in Lightroom 5)

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