Maritime Garter Snake

We did not see much land wildlife while in Canada. Mostly it was birds sweeping across the skies and when the sun started casting long shadows, the swarms of mosquitoes. We were walking high in the Cape Breton hills when we saw this beauty crossing our path, slowly crossing our path. My wife is deathly…

A Man and His Dog

I enjoy bike rides along the lake for the exercise, getting in the zone, and people watching. I take breaks at specific points along the Lake Front Trail specifically to people watch. One of my favorite places is the Chess Pavilion for its proximity to the lake and the intersection of trails funneling people into…

The Gull Rookery

The area adjacent to the falls was covered in gulls and gull poop. Chicks in gray down were abundant. All open ground was hoarded by the gulls forming a gull rookery. There were a few black, aquatic birds scattered about but nowhere near the gull count. Their squawking numbers were quite loud.

The Nash

He’s a mere 10 pounds and that is being generous. At times, he barely made a depression in the wet sand just a few faint nail prints scratching the wave smoothed surface. I hadn’t seen him for more than a year yet when I entered their empty home, he came running up to me and…

Straight as an Arrow

In the days before autofocus cameras, catching a shot of a flying bird was more instinctual having to set up speed, aperture¬†and choosing a focal distance that would balance depth of field with background bokeh, one that would require little to no refocusing when the subject came into focus. The speedy autofocus in today’s modern…

Standing Sandpiper

The birds move constantly like they are hopped up on amphetamines. It was very difficult to catch one standing still. As soon as I turned the camera toward a stationary bird, they skittered away. This is the only halfway decent picture I was able to get of a standing sandpiper.

Flying Sandpiper

When they do take to wing, sandpipers fly gracefully. Their compact bodies ensure turns are tight. They quickly return to the ground. It seems they prefer the ground. Perhaps that is because their high metabolism requires copious amounts of food to fuel and their food lives on the ground.