Invertebrates

Lions in the Dunes at Goose Spit

June 12th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in Dunes, Invertebrates, Landscapes

The sand dunes at Goose Spit are a small and remarkable place to visit in the Comox Valley. It is easy to miss this unique dune ecosystem located about mid-way from the last parking area at the gates of HMCS Quadra and the end of the spit. The dunes are narrow and follow the line of the […]

Sand-verbena Moth Surprise

June 19th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Invertebrates, Moths

It has been too long since I’ve checked out the plants in the spectacular dunes at Goose Spit. A number of specialized plants grow in these dunes—yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia) and black knotweed (Polygonum paronychia) are prolific. With a little effort, other interesting plants can be found as well. My intention was to photograph […]

Crossing the Country Road

November 2nd, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Caterpillars, Invertebrates, Moths

For the last couple of weeks I’ve seen at least 30 banded woollybears (Pyrrharctia isabella) crossing the country roads every time I’ve been out on my lunch time walks. One of my colleagues has taken to rescuing these cute little caterpillars and moves them from the middle of the road to the safety of the […]

An Admirable Red Admiral

September 7th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Butterflies, Invertebrates

Our 11 year old neighbour who lives across the back alley from our house in Courtenay is always calling us over to check out insects or plants that he’s found—this week J. came over to tell us that there was a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) in his backyard. Typically, Lorquin’s Admirals (Limentis lorquini ssp. ilgae) are […]

Lorquin’s Admiral

July 4th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Butterflies, Invertebrates

Out for a family walk at Morrison Creek Park yesterday and we came upon a number of butterflies puddling on the wet mud beside one of the creeks. There were several Lorquin’s Admirals (Limentis lorquini ssp. ilgae) busy in the mud and I was able to get relatively close to one with my new Fuji […]

Photographing Backyard Insects

July 25th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Bees, Flies, Invertebrates, Nature Photography

I had a quiet day at home while Jocie and the kids were up at Black Creek so I experimented a little photographing backyard insects with my two macro lenses: the 105mm Micro Nikkor and a recently acquired 60 mm Micro Nikkor. I’ve used the 105mm for a couple of years now and am very […]

Return of the Tent Caterpillar

June 19th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Caterpillars, Invertebrates, Moths

I was out supervising the neighbourhood kids bicycling in the back alley when I noticed a very interesting caterpillar on the leaf of a lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) in our rather wild roadside flower bed. Several of the kids took a break and had a closer look at this striking caterpillar and one mentioned that […]

Book Review – Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

November 30th, 2011  |  By  |  Published in Book Review, Dragonflies, Invertebrates

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West Dennis Paulson Princeton University Press Paperback 535 pages 2009 Living in British Columbia, I’m fortunate to have a copy of Rob Cannings Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and Yukon as a field guide when I’m out photographing dragonflies or practicing a little catch and release. It’s a handy, […]

Garden Gold

October 17th, 2011  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Flies, Invertebrates, Macro Monday

We’ve recently added a winter layer of seaweed to the garden and, in addition to the nutrients returned to the soil, it has attracted a whole host of new flies. These gorgeous golden flies are Golden-haired Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria). Appropriately named, they are a striking golden brown in full sunlight (these images were taken […]

A Couple More Flies

October 15th, 2011  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Flies, Invertebrates

I’ve spent some time wandering through BugGuide.Net trying to figure out some of the backyard flies that I’ve photographed over the last couple of weeks in our garden in Courtenay, British Columbia. I think that I’m starting to narrow a few of them down and I’ve tentatively identified them to species. However, I’ll be the […]

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    Payzant Falls on the Juan De Fuca trail close to Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A bit of a short slog through some muddy trail to get to this location (about 3km from the trailhead) but well worth it. Best on an overcast day, with too much sun there’s too much contrast.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Portra 160 film emulation.

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    Light Show at Kye Bay

    Kids and I took a break from northern light hunting to do a little light painting dance down on the wet sand flats at Kye Bay on New Year’s Eve. Looks like a satellite did a walk through as well. Nice way to end the year and finish up this 365 Day Project - it’s been challenging at times but overall well worth doing.

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji Classic Chrome camera profile, 125 second exposure

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    Oyster Bay at Night

    Kids and I drove north to Oyster Bay with the hopes of maybe seeing the northern lights which were forecasted. We were clouded in but I decided to take a photograph anyway - this is looking northeastish, the underside of the clouds are lit by the lights of Campbell River.

    Fuji X-T1, 30 second exposure

    01/03/16

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