Author Archives: Adrian

Born in Canada, but of Dutch descent, my early life was influenced by travels with a constantly moving family. Our wanderings took us through Canada and South Africa until, at the age of 17, we settled down in Edmonton, Alberta. A Landscape Gardener by trade, over the years I have developed a multitude of interests which I now share by means of photography and blogging. I appreciate nature in all its forms, but particularly insects, spiders and other arthropods. I am a science watcher, and I have an interest in the history of science, especially biology, entomology and evolution. I am married, with one delightful daughter.
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Contact

Apologies to those who may have tried to reach me through the contact form. The plugin for the form has again been having problems. Rather than continue using this unreliable form, please use email to […]

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Book Review: The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-up Photography

Have you heard the phrase, “Write the book you want to read.“?  Well, when I first flipped through this book after I received my free copy in the mail,  my first thought was, Someone wrote […]

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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Captured by Calypso

She-who-must-be-obeyed and I had a short break in Jasper in May, and on one of our morning walks, we came across some Calypso orchids. These are small orchids with a circumpolar distribution. Each plant usually bears […]

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Bee-mimic Assassin

I don’t often get the chance to photograph robber flies (Asilidae), so it was nice to have another opportunity this year during a visit to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area on the 13 June. I had […]

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Scheduled Events for 2016

Please click on links for more information. 9 – 23 July (Saturdays). Nature Photography workshop at MacEwan University. 6 August. Bug Jamboree at the Ellis Bird Farm. 8 August. Macro Photography in the Garden workshop at […]

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Assassin Fly — Cyrtopogon falto

A few days ago while I was walking in the Opal Natural Area, I noticed some movement in a small pit in the sand on the trail. Whatever it was, I could not distinguish it from […]

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Exposed by a bee

A short break from the usual invertebrate images… Normally hard to spot in the duff of theforest floor , wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus (LeConte, 1825) usually reveal themselves by movement. This one exposed itself when it jumped up […]

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