Category Archives: Landscape

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Spring in the Opal Natural Area

I had my first 2015 visit to the Opal Natural Area on Thursday, a favorite area of mine due to the diverse habitats:  jack pine forest with open areas of kinnikinnick and reindeer moss, groves […]

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Off to Waterton

(The little grey cells have been otherwise occupied, so blogging has been neglected, but here is a post I should have been placed two months ago…) My usual early September tour of southern Alberta was delayed due […]

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Neighbourhoods for Bugs

Why are bio-diverse gardens important? Take a look at this interesting/odd video from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Narrated and animated by Daniel Tal, with advice from Ann English (Rainscapes Coordinator, Maryland Dept. […]

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Coming Soon to the Royal Alberta Museum…

The Royal Alberta Museum Curatorial Lecture Series 2013 begins this Friday! While the first free lecture probably does not include bugs (unless that diorama has a stray grylloblalttid or spider that I haven’t noticed…), the two free lectures that follow […]

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Book Review – Digital Outdoor Photography by Heather Angel

Earlier this year I did a feature on Heather Angel, one of the photographers who had a strong influence on me when I first began doing nature and macro photography. At the time I had […]

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A Spotty White Tiger Moth

This was a surprising find, glimmering under a shaded rock ledge, in the rubble beneath a badlands cliff in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. Hardly inconspicuous, this is the Many-spotted Tiger Moth (Hypercompe permaculata), a moth of the […]

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A Dawn Chorus (No Bugs Here)

A short video to share the wonderful morning I experienced out at the Opal Natural Area two weeks ago. While walking up the path in the dark early that morning, I was greeted by the […]

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Dawn in the Opal Sandhills

The Opal Natural Area is one of the nearest areas to Edmonton to find sand hills and tiger beetles. A forest fire ran through here about 4 years ago, and I have explored it fairly regularly since […]

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