This autumn, I managed to get out to Elk Island National Park twice, with two broad goals. First I wanted to do some early morning photography, and secondly, I wanted to explore some ideas I've been having about using a mountain bike, not for ripping, shredding, or even bunnyhopping, but as a means for observing... Continue Reading →
Tiger beetles can be a real pain in the knees (and elbows) to photograph. They are predators, a hunter on scrublands, beaches and other sandy open spaces. Photographically they are a challenge because they are relatively small (averaging about 15mm), often well camouflaged, fast as blazes and highly attuned to movement.
Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.
I planned the backyard first. The space was to include a maximum of trees, shrubs and perennials and a minimum of lawn. A pond was essential, as well as more compost bins, rain reservoirs and an area for growing vegetables.
The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, ("tree-chopper, capped") is a fairly common bird throughout its range, which stretches from eastern North America through Canada to the west coast. It requires habitat with large mature trees, which provide its primary food source as well as roosting and nesting sites. I spotted this one last week (1 February,... Continue Reading →
While at 60 I should be entering a more contemplative life, I recently made a purchase that has the potential to ruin that prospect. Cycling was one of my earliest passions, one that fell by the wayside for many years. It was resuscitated in 2019 with the purchase of a gravel bike, which helped bring... Continue Reading →