Category Archives: Opal Natural Area

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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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Pterostichus with prey.

This ground beetle was startled when I first leaned in to photograph it, but did not let go of its prey when it scurried off! Both the larvae and the adults in this genus are predacious, […]

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Cellophane Bees

Bees in family Colletidae are called plasterer or polyester bees, and within that group, bees of the genus Colletes are known as ‘cellophane’ bees. They are solitary bees that nest in colonies (aggregations), and they are often […]

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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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Thanks

I am privileged to have the opportunity to follow my interests in what most would call a ‘full-time’ capacity. While many have the drive and the focus to follow their passion from the earliest age and then turn […]

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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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Ladybird Beetle Metamorphosis

This is a set from August, 2010. They were taken in the Opal Natural Area, in a year when there seemed to be an unusually high amount of seven-spot ladybird beetles in the area. This […]

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Not just Cute, but Cosy.

A little Salticid peeks out from its lair cubbyhole. Photographed in Opal Natural Area on May 8, 2012. Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera, Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Manual Focus Lens for […]

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