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Bubbles Beneath Ice

After a week of very warm weather in south-central Ontario much of the season’s snow accumulation has melted. This thawing resulted in the drainage ditches around my home taking on a resemblance to flowing rivers. As the water level in the ditches subsided the temperatures also began to drop again. This change in the weather pattern caused the surfaces of the water in the ditch to freeze while the water flowed away beneath the ice. What remained was a paper thin, extremely fragile layer of ice that presented a multitude of patterns and designs in the frozen surface. Using my Laowa 100mm 2X Ultra-Macro Lens I spent the better part of two hours exploring these intricate designs. The day was bright with clear blue skies, therefore, I deployed my coat to cast a shadow over some of the scenes, which resulted in a blue cast from the clear skies above. On the images where I opted not to use my coat to shade the designs the images took on a natural black and white feel.

This blog post features images captured during my adventures in the roadside ditch 🙂

Ice Details
Ice Details
Ice Details
Ice Details
Ice Details
Ice Details

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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) – captive

Wishing everybody a safe and prosperous year!

Happy New Year!

All the best,

Andrew

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2020 has certainly been a challenging year for so many people throughout the world.

The past year really limited many of my photographic adventures from cancelling workshops to being locked down at home. Fortunately I was able to make my way to Cayman Brac for two weeks in late February. The world shut down shortly after my return in March. During the summer months I concentrated my efforts on extreme macro photography around my rural home, often not even having to leave my property. By the time autumn came around I was able to continue with my Muskoka Autumn Colour Spectacular Workshop and Lake Superior Wild & Scenic Photography Workshop. As a result my top 20 images for 2020 have been selected from my Cayman Brac trip, insect photography at home, autumn colour, and the Lake Superior coast.

I hope you enjoy viewing this selection of imagery.

Here’s to a better year in 2021!

Daybreak on the Caribbean Sea at Cayman Brac, BWI
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Sylvia’s Reef, Cayman Brac, BWI
Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri), Cayman Brac, BWI
Sister Island Rock Iguana (Cyclura nubila caymanensis)
Crab Spider
Baby Garden Spiders
Praying Mantis
Robberfly
Two-horned leafhopper (Ceresa diceros)
Georgian Bay, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Late day light on Georgian Bay, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Overcast Light on Geogrian Bay, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Autumn colour and reflections at woodland pond in Seguin Township, Ontario, Canada
Winter on Lake Superior, Wawa, Ontario, Canada
Snow covered gorge along Lake SUperior’s north shore near Schreiber, Ontario, Canada
Hattie Cove in winter on Lake Superior, Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario, Canada
Winter storm at Sandy Beach on Lake Superior, Wawa, Ontario, Canada
Mink Creek, Marathon, Ontario
Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) male, Neys Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Sunrise at Highland Pond in the Torrance Barrens, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

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Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

Things have been relatively quiet here over the course of the last few weeks as I have been recuperating from a surgical procedure. The recovery has gone very well, however, I will have at least one more month of having to take things easy. I have been feeling well enough to take a couple of walks around the yard each day in search of insects to photograph with the Laowa 100mm 2X Macro Lens.

The final four images in this post are preserved exotic specimens that I have re-hydrated and pinned into position. These preserved specimens offer fantastic opportunities to explore natural-like settings as well as creative edits (a feature for a future post).

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Spur-throated Grasshopper (Melanopluas ponderosus)

Spur-throated Grasshopper (Melanopluas ponderosus)

 

Jagged Ambush Bug

Jagged Ambush Bug

 

Robberfly

Robberfly

 

Leafhopper

Leafhopper

 

Eupholus cuvieri

Eupholus cuvieri

 

Homoderus gladiator - preserved specimen

Homoderus gladiator – preserved specimen

 

Violin Beetle (Mormolyce phyllodes)

Violin Beetle (Mormolyce phyllodes)

 

Cyclommatus metallifer - preserved specimen

Cyclommatus metallifer – preserved specimen

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Sydenham River on the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls, Ontario, Canada

On my drive home from the recently concluded Bruce Peninsula Photography Workshop I made a brief stop at Inglis Falls Conservation Area. It has been many years since I visited this location. I was also a little disappointed as I personally think the area has suffered some decline due to government cutbacks. Nonetheless, I made my way downstream from the falls to scenic sections of the river that I have long wanted to explore with the Laowa 12mm Zero D Lens.

Sydenham River on the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls, Ontario, Canada

I carefully made my way out onto to a small 2 foot sized rock mid-stream to first, and foremost, get myself away from distracting shoreline elements and to put the viewer into the river. If you are not accustomed to entering a ragging river I do not encourage trying this. I have been doing so for several decades and always take extra precautions when doing so.

Sydenham River on the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls, Ontario, Canada

Each of these images were photographed with no filtration. I accidentally forgot to grab my polarizing filter for the Laowa 12mm lens before I made my decent into the river gorge. I was on limited time and figured that the overcast conditions and the fast flow of the river would provide sufficient exposures to achieve the amount of  blur I like. I was not mistaken.

Sydenham River on the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls, Ontario, Canada

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