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Category Archives: Nature
I came across a plot of this showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) while exploring the Devonian Botanic Garden just west of Edmonton. They were in a section of the garden called ‘Plants of Alberta’, just on the north side of the Calla Water (see map). I have to say that I was impressed–no dainty wildflowers these! They are strong upright plants with silvery green foliage and I would love to have a patch of these in our sunny front garden, even if they were not in bloom. They can grow to 5′ tall and seem to be tolerant of a wide variety of conditions from moist to dry. These are the go-to plants for Monarch butterflies, a rarity in Alberta, but it will still draw in many other insects and hummingbirds to feed on nectar. Destined for my garden very soon!
Young squirrels have begun entertaining us in the garden this year.
The photography workshop schedule for 2015. Please click the links for more details.
June 13, Getting to know your Canon. Ellis Bird Farm.
July 4, Intermediate Macro Photography. Ellis Bird Farm.
July 7, Garden Photography at MacEwan University. 2 Tuesdays, Jul 7 and 14, 6:30-9 p.m. (classroom) and 1 Saturday, Jul 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (on-location).
August 11, Nature Photography at MacEwan University. 2 Tuesdays, Aug 11 and 18, 6:30-9 p.m. (classroom) and 1 Saturday, Aug 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (on-location).
August 22, Macro Photography in the Garden. Ellis Bird Farm.
Customised small group workshops and individual instruction is also available on request. Please contact me if there are any questions or special needs.
While HDR is a useful solution to dramatic lighting, nature often demands a more subtle touch. The crocus pushing through kinnickinnick was photographed at ground level from a tripod in cloud-diffused early morning light.
You can’t escape it. To get those early morning sunrises means you have to be in position before it happens. Being in the right spot at the right time can happen by chance, but scouting the area the previous day will certainly help you find the locations with the most potential. Essential equipment? Besides the obvious camera and tripod, a headlamp is essential to safely find your way in the darkness. And dress warmly — waiting for peak light can be chilly.
When you walk along the steep western shores of parts of the island, the coastal rain forest is like a wall above you. But in some spots a creek has carved a gully for itself, an opening in the wall where no trees grow. That channel allows a stream of light to come through.
(15 July, 2013. Somewhere along the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Canon 5D Mk II with EF 24-105mm F4 L lens set at 50mm. ISO 50, f22)