Category Archives: Natural Area

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Mating Long-lipped Tiger Beetles

Photographing Long-lipped Tiger Beetles (Cicindela longilabris) at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area is now an annual event. On this occasion, (29 May 2017) the only difference is that I managed to record video of two pairs. The […]

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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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Halfmoon Lake Natural Area

One of my favourite locations is the sandy jack pine ecosystem of the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area north of Edmonton. I began visiting in the spring of 2013 and I have been returning for regular visits […]

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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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Running Crab Spider, Thanatus sp.

Another upload to the gallery, this time a female Running Crab Spider (Philodromidae), Thanatus sp., possibly T. formicinus. At the time, I wondered about the ‘split’ on the abdomen, and it was only when I […]

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My Top 10 Macro Photographs in 2013

Here are my top photo choices for 2013. The selection is based somewhat on public response, but mostly just because they are my personal favorites. Like most years, these are wild Alberta bugs, photographed alive and kicking, without cooling […]

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The Bug from Áísínai’pi

Chance favours the prepared photographer… During my Fall field trip I spent a few days at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (aka: the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site), one of my favourite (off-season) prairie parks to visit. Besides […]

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Ground Beetle, and Granulated…

Sounding like some sort of future new-age food supplement, the Granulated Ground Beetle (Carabus granulatus) is actually named after the raised grain-like lines the run along the length of the elytra. This beetle would be […]

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