Twirling spiders and battling butterflies

So as I checked the mail earlier today, I noticed that our entire front porch has been taken over by a huge spider web…perfectly timed for Hallowe’en, it would seem. Even better, the spider was still in the web, wrapping up it’s lunch.

Honestly, I only planned to take one photo…and an hour or so later, I had several one-photos.

Crunchies, High Park, Toronto

And of course, what would a photography trip of mine be without a survey of all the things that crunch at Toronto’s High Park.

See also:

Grenadier Pond, High Park, Toronto

Gardens & Zoo, High Park, Toronto

Winding woods

Taking a mini-vacation and so started with a slow wander through a wooded ravine near home.

Gone buggy

Another beautiful Friday afternoon in my neighbourhood means another day to haul the camera out .

A few exo-skeletoned flappers from Toronto’s The Beaches district.

Meanwhile, in BC – Campbell River, Qualicum Beach

The final batch of photos from my brief vacation on Canada’s west coast…in this case, from a Canada Day trip up Vancouver Island to Campbell River and around my mom’s house above Qualicum Beach.

See also photos of: Fort Langley/Harrison Hot Springs; Chilliwack; Nanaimo Region; Canada Day bombast

Meanwhile, in BC – Chilliwack

Not just a Canadian band of the 70s and 80s, Chilliwack is also a small town in Southern BC, a couple of hours west of Vancouver.

It also happens to be where my mom lived until a few days ago (before she moved).

So let me ask you, Whatcha Gonna Do?

See also, photos of: Fort Langley/Harrison Hot Springs

Local critters – Toronto

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

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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