Category Archives: Canada

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First Spring Field Trip 2017

With an unruly spring–further delayed by an eight-day trip to New York with She Who Must be Obeyed, my usual April launch into the ice-free wilds became a May day. Ignoring the unkempt garden for a […]

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Bee Watching

Pour yourself a glass of mead and take a seat. Please watch in HD full screen to make the most of the video, and enjoy the movement of bees in flight, followed by a brief […]

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Out, damned spot!

  One of the more frustrating problems in natural light insect photography, particularly with insects with large eyes, is the large specular highlight that is created by the sun. A small catch light in the […]

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Photographic techniques for the forest floor

Bugs have been pushed into the back seat for a while. Cool, crisp mornings can mean a dearth of insects, but a wealth of fungi, slime moulds, mosses, liverworts, and lichens still beckon. Here are some […]

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Photographing Autumn Fungi

We’ve had fairly regular rainfall this year, and the garden and natural areas around us are lush. This means ideal conditions for fall fungi and a great time to grab your camera, tripod, reflector, diffuser […]

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Odds and Ends

I’m back after a long absence from this blog. Besides the usual dealing-with-life issues,  I simply have not managed to get out into the field as much as I would like. During the times when […]

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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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