Camera Obscura

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 green frog pond-side This green frog shares a striking resemblance to a bullfrog, but the ridge of folded skin which runs along the back gives it away. (On a bullfrog this lateral skin fold would curl around the tympanum, which is the large spot behind the eye.) The tympanum being twice as large as the eye indicates this is a male.

 what turkey looks like with feathers A turkey in a corn field and a lit by late afternoon sun displays an array of colours in its plumage.

 snowy owl taking off with its meal I look forward to possibly taking this shot again with proper focus some day, but I am still drawn to the moment.

 Ruby on Lake Erie in the wind A Lake Erie sojourn produced biting winds and large snow drifts, which Ruby seemed to relish playing in.

 snowy owl perched on fence post On a very cold and snowy morning I was able to get close enough to be able to resolve the snowflakes on this snowy owl’s face.

 snowy owl preening Each time I get the privilege of seeing a snowy owl up close I see something I have not before. This one seemed not to be concerned by the presence of a dozen photographers at sunset.

 red-tailed hawk takes off Focus and framing are difficult with a long lens in hand and a red-tailed hawk taking flight, so I shall take what I can get.

 red-tailed hawk in watery field While searching for the snowy owls another day, luck brought me about twenty feet away from a red-tailed hawk in a field by the road.

 snowy owl on a wire I spotted a fellow with a long lens on his camera at the roadside, then soon saw the object of his spying, and took a few shots of this snowy owl myself.

 white-tailed deer On my way home from work is a corn field where I have spotted white-tailed deer semi-regularly.

 ruby the red-coated lakeland terrier A little girl by the name Ruby has joined our family. Ruby is a Lakeland Terrier with a lot of spunk. At just five pounds and a foot tall, she is super cute, too.

 ruby is super cute Ruby, too.

 chicken chews are worth fighting for in ruby's mind Ruby adores chicken strip chews.

 ruby loves chewing on clumps of grass It is difficult to stop photographing Ruby, as she is so darn cute!

 seagull in flight After borrowing a colleague’s L-series lens I wasted no time in finding a subject.

 seaull in flight Another gull flight photo.

 seagull in flight The lens has me sold on finding one of my own.

 cold brilliance Ice in Tracy Arm Fjord.

 sunflowers Sunflowers.

 sunset on the pacific ocean Pacific Ocean sunset.

 fraser, british columbia's rugged beauty The rugged beauty of Fraser, British Columbia, as seen from the White Pass and Yukon Railroad.

 waterfall at gold creek, alaska The waterfall at Gold Creek, Alaska.

 humpback whale fluke Whale followers and scientists alike want to see the underside of a humpback whale’s tail, as each is visually unique. The tail shape, underside markings and colouration are generally enough to identify an individual whale. Observing the top side of the tail helps where markings of two or more whales are very similar.

 tail of a humpback whale Usually when you see a humpback whale tail, it means the animal is diving for a while. Between 7 and 10 minutes is generally how long you will wait to see the same whale again, but the next time may be anywhere from 500 metres to 8.4 kilometres away. A pod of these very intelligent creatures will outsmart human observers by diving, then breaching thousands of metres away in many different locations, thus scattering the human crowd.

 dorsal fin of a humpback whale One of the easiest ways to determine that you are looking at a humpback whale is via the side profile of the dorsal fin. It is very short and box-like in shape.

 sunrise in ketchikan, alaska Sunrise over the port of Ketchikan, Alaska.

 pacific ocean is home to playful porpoises Porpoises frolicked in the Pacific Ocean as we sailed north toward Alaska.

 tracy arm fjord, alaska A view of the Sawyer Glacier at the end of Tracy Arm Fjord in southeast Alaska.

 tracy arm fjord, alaska Another spot along Tracy Arm Fjord.

 iceberg pure ice Ice that is pure has depths and hues seen nowhere else. Photographs like this truly do not capture the majesty witnessed in person.

 dale chihuly garden and glass at the base of the space needle, seattle At the base of the Space Needle in Seattle, WA is the Chihuly Garden and Glass attraction. Dale Chihuly is a master of the medium, a point made clear before even entering the exhibition space.

 chipmunk scratching an itch The Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend hosts itchy chipmunks, apparently.

 black squirrel in tree Squirrels inhabit the Pinery also.

 dragonfly on twig This could be a Western Pondhawk dragonfly found at the Pinery. (Please let me know if you are sure it is something else.)

 With Chantal Kreviazuk after a concert Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario was the scene of a Chantal Kreviazuk concert, after which we were able to obtain autographs and photos with one of our favourite music artists.

 Tobermory, Ontario provides for many chipmunk encounters At a cottage in Tobermory many chipmunks cohabitate with humans, at a distance.

 Monarch butterflies on milkweed flowers Monarch larvae feed on milkweed because it imparts a bitter taste in them, making them unappetizing to predators. As butterflies they return to that strategy—as well as their brightly-coloured wings—so birds will leave them alone.

 Moth on milkweed in Tobermory, Ontario I’m not sure what this moth sees in the milkweed but it’s a good test of my camera lens and extension tube combination.

 This is a prince in disguise, honest Honestly, if you were a damsel in distress would you not consider kissing this face, just to be sure?

 Africa's most dangerous animal, to humans anyway In Africa it’s not the big cats, the elephants or the hyenas that humans should fear most. Rather, it is the hippopotamus which kills more humans than all the others combined.

 Peacock displaying its grand plumage Of this bird the folks behind Monty Python might exclaim, Beautiful plumage! But this is a member of the pheasant family, and not a parrot. The male shown here is a in full bloom. A female is properly called a peahen and hasn’t the colourful feathers the males are recognized for.

 Straight from the set of the Lion King, it's Pumba! A warthog rests in the midday sun. Isn’t it cute?

 Zebra at Zooz in Stevensville, Ontario Zebra. Need more be said?

 Grizzly bear at the Toronto Zoo This Grizzly Bear was pacing during our visit to the Toronto Zoo.

 ferrets in a log at Toronto Zoo Our trip to the Toronto Zoo afforded us great weather and great photos of this family of ferrets in a hollow log.

 elephant cow with hay speared onto her tusk This elephant cow was feeding when we visited her at the Toronto Zoo. We assumed she was using her tusk to hold her meal close; However, she had speared some hay with her tusk and had either not figured out how or not bothered to remove it and consume it as well.

 reptilian of some description Also at the Toronto Zoo was this critter. I forgot to ask its name, but it seemed friendly enough for a photo.

 Dragonfly on a weed in Tobermory, ON Dragonflies are everywhere in Ontario, but much easier to spot in places like Tobermory. This one landed on a skinny weed and posed for me.

 Ants making a meal out of aphid honeydew Witnessing ants harvest a meal of honeydew from a thistle full of aphids is quite a unique experience. An ant’s exoskeleton seems highly polished as my silhouette is clearly defined in the abdomen of the central ant.

 Ants eating aphid honeydew on a thistle Notice how the same scene looks so different using black and white film. The single noticeable aphid in this image seems to have no presence and the ants could easily be thought of as just wandering around.

 A Pennsylvania Sunrise in Late June This is how the sunrise looked after one million metres of driving back from West Virginia. This is along the Interstate in Pennsylvania somewhere, still many miles from home.

 The New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia They tell me that the New River Gorge Bridge is the longest single-span 100% steel bridge in the world. I won’t attempt to justify that, but the view is pretty neat.

 The Niagara River as seen along a trail in the Niagara Glen While hiking the trails of the Niagara Glen one day I chanced to fix my camera on the river itself, producing this rather pleasant depiction.

 Inglis Falls on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario The Bruce Peninsula runs from the tip in Tobermory, Ontario all the way down through the Niagara region, and there are trails that go from one end to the other. Along the way, this is Inglis Falls at the height of the summer season.

 Morning Sun Peeking through the Trees on the Ottawa River This is the day after working a closing shift at a local pizza restaurant. Shortly after midnight the crew of us in three cars were Ottawa bound. Driving with few breaks and no sleep, the rising sun a beacon leading to the eventful day ahead, we set up camp at this spot on the Ottawa River. Purdy, ain’t it?

 Raft Circling around on the Black Chute Rapids of the Ottawa River About an hour or so after setting up camp was breakfast and briefing. We then headed out onto the Ottawa River, paddles in hand. After our first taste of the whitewater, we circled around several times trying to surf atop it, but the river is not so high in mid August as it is in spring and we never did catch a wave.

 Close-up of Ottawa River Whitewater There are spots along the trip where the guide yells Hold on!, namely when we’ve done our best to head straight into the rapids, but just before we actually descend them. At one such point I disobeyed and snapped this shot over the side of the raft. A smaller raft might have made this an underwater shot, but the larger twelve person rafts we were in this day proved stable enough for this close encounter.

 A Rafting Team Throwing a Bucket of Ottawa River Water at Us Who’d have thought those disposable waterproof cameras so great for rafting trips? Alas, not being able to see through the lens as I am accustomed to with my SLR, I captured a little more than just the action (right). I grabbed some coniferous treeline from another spot on the Ottawa River (left) and voila!

 OPP 1 Classic Cruiser contrasted with modern police cruisers It’s hard to believe that classic cars like this were once commonplace on the streets. It’s also a shame that more cars today do not have such character and style.

 bee on a flower in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario Close-up rings which screw onto your lens aren’t so bad for the price, and may come in handy on certain occasions, including this shot of a bee sampling the summer in Niagara-on-the-lake.

 Fountain in Queenston Heights, Ontario The Niagara-on-the-lake area is one of the most beautiful places in the country. This shot of a fountain in Queenston Heights was nabbed through the shrubs of one of the many well-kept gardens in the area.