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Illusions (Two Photographs)

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Illusions, e.g. when a mind interprets. Where I see letters, others see bike stands.

Bifocals

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Unlike the human eye where the brain deciphers what we see, reflections deconstruct and recombine.

Guarded

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Totems to ward off evil, yet one to welcome guests?

Window’s Eye

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Abstract for sure, possibly coherent, how do we know what others see?

Chaos in Blue

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Sometimes looking up all you see are pieces of the whole.

Rooster

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Not real, but fun nonetheless.

Swallow Watches A Nest

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Patient, not flighty; wary, not defensive.

Red-winged Blackbird

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Got to love that glare.

Cormorant Airing Itself

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Not an exhibitionist, just getting dry after a deep dive.

Rock Dove Posing

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A patrician on the eave.

Canada Goose

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Up Close and Personal.

Duck Couple Out For a Race

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The race is on….

Canada Goose

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Contemplating the long trip south.

Cardinal

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As imperious as ever.

Flicker

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A rarer woodpecker, at least where I live.

Robin

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They never seem very pleased with things.

Sparrow

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I look forward to their song in the morning.

Seagull in Flight

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I am a big fan of Skylum processing products, out of the Ukraine and still going strong. I just recently purchased a subscription to NEO, their latest software. This photograph was partially processed in NEO.

Duck in Flight

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You would think of all birds, ducks in flight must be as easy to take as seagulls, but seagulls circle round and ducks fly in straight lines.

Screech Owl

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Every year a screech owl nests at a new location in the reserve and usually attracts a crowd. This time I was surprised that there was no crowd, even though the nest was very accessible to viewers and photographers. I’m sure the bird is better off this way and after a few shots I left.

Boxing or Dancing

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I got out of the car and saw this chipmunk. While he hung around for a few minutes his stance was most peculiar.

Bush 3

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As a photographer, this bush was getting interesting. I think this is a sawfly, certainly an interesting and noble member of the insect family.

Bush 2

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Same bush as yesterday, now a metallic bee.

The Bush

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I came across a bush visited by more than one creature. This is the first, a pedestrian bee.

Nature

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Everywhere you look there are patterns, natural patterns

Wishful Thinking

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To have a view like this, priceless.

The Water’s Edge

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Sometimes it’s the best place to be.

Ducks in Paradise

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I’m sure Jimmy Buffet won’t mind my playing with the title of his song, but it is appropriate. 

Ruins of a Mill (Two Photographs)

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There’s not a lot left of the mill; just nails, stones, bricks and trees that grew up in the rubble along the water’s edge.

Canada Geese

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Forming up to head south, having done their bit to fertilize the north.

The Stream to Nowhere

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Up North in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut there is a road to nowhere, so why not a stream to nowhere in the south?

Being Hunted (Two Photographs)

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I usually manage not to disturb wildlife when taking their photo. In this case, the osprey minding a juvenile offspring, took a dislike to the presence of my wife and I. After the second dive bombing we got the message and hurried back to our car. Look at those talons!

Placid

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Placid, another word for calm. Something I think is key to most landscapes.

Angry Wood Duck

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It might have looked differently if I wasn’t looming over it.

Moulting Cardinal

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It seems to have lost a bit of its dignity.

Mourning Dove

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If you think it looks like a pigeon, city pigeons are rock doves.

Juvenile Osprey Waiting to be Fed

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One of the two chicks seemed more inclined to fly than the other and ended being out of the nest when its parent arrived with food.

A Coy Look

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Canada Geese form pairs for life and from my observation stick quite closely together. 

Drifting on a Golden Sea

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Nothing beats reflected fall colours for duck photography.

If Ducks Can Do it…

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I am doing a few fall shots as I am finding the nature reserves a bit too crowded  considering the high level of Covid. This picture is another take on one I showed a couple of weeks ago.

Dragonfly 7

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Dragonflies come in a myriad of colours and patterns, striking as well as deceiving. Dragonflies on the hunt stick to an area and patrol in random or circular flights looking for other insects as prey.

Dragonfly 6

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Dragonflies are hard for non-experts like me to identify and the books I have found on dragonflies often don’t make it easier.

Dragonfly 5

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Dragonflies’ eggs hatch under water where they become nymphs, next is the pupal stage like butterflies. You can see the remains of their pupas along waterways or if lucky see them emerge in the summer.

Dragonfly 4

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When chasing down dragonflies to photograph you should know that they often return to the same perch within a few minutes, and they like their backs to the sun.

Dragonfly 3

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If bees do it why not dragonflies (awkward as it may seem).

Dragonfly 2

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The whites of their eyes are really reflections of light off some of the thousands of elements in their eyes.

Dragonfly

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One of the most beautiful insects is also a ruthless predator. Its flying, targeting and tactical skills are well beyond anything man-made.

Painted Lady No. 3

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I told you they were my favourite.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail No. 2

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Fragile and weighing so little they can land on anything for a rest.

Cabbage White

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I like the way the shadows created by the branches added stripes to the butterfly.

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