Local critters – Toronto

More images from my recent foray through the neighbourhood…including someone prepping for dinner.

Ins-EX-ts

Some of the critters I met while wandering the side streets and gardens of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Taking wing in BC – Chilliwack

As some of you have already discovered, I am a sucker for anything that creeps, crawls and flits, so it should come as no surprise that while I wandered the paths of Minter Gardens, outside Chilliwack, BC, that my eye was tuned to the slightest movements among the myriad flowers.

Here are some of the photos that came through.

It wasn’t until I blew up the photo that I saw the small flowers that explained her interest.

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I like the way the petals practically mirror her wings as she works so intently.

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How one walks on this flower I have no idea, but she seemed to have no trouble.

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These guys always looked like they were on their last legs…a little too ragged to get off the ground.

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On flowers like this, it was almost impossible to see these butterflies at first glance.

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The angle couldn’t have been any better for this shot from my perspective.

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The purity of his white next to the satin-like red of the flower was just amazing to me.

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I wanted to capture some of the chaotic nature of the garden with the butterfly…could have done better, but it’s nice.

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Just hanging out, taking 10.

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BC creep crawlies – Chilliwack area

As you’ll eventually learn, I have a special place in my heart for critters and particularly creepy crawlies, photographing them every chance I get. Again, going to have to learn how to use a macro lens.

The photos that follow are from a couple days with family in the Chilliwack area of British Columbia, which much like Volcan Arenal has been amazingly dormant for years.

The contrasting textures were too much to pass on when I saw this little guy in my mother’s back yard.

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Sequestered in the bottom of a terrace lamp, this scary looking guy would descend in the evening to catch prey attracted to the light (or anyone foolish enough to bump into him).

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It wasn’t until I started playing with the image that I saw the ant and decided he had to be included in the cropping.

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Yes, I believe they are doing what you think they’re doing. What really attracted me though–aside from insect porn–was the way the light shone through their wings, colouring the rocks below.

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I was so happy that one of these frames was actually usable as I must have taken a dozen shots of this guy.

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This one and the next one were taken in a park and the biggest challenge I faced was the wind blowing the spider in and out of focus. I’m never quite organized enough to set up a wind break.

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Regardless of what you may personally think about spiders, you have to admit his colours are amazing (or you don’t).

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Butterflies and moths fascinate me. They always look like they will disintegrate into a fine powder on the next strong breeze.

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