A Virginia Spiderwort flower after rain. Wort used in the names of plants and herbs can mean that the species was traditionally used medicinally or as food.
The plant is native to eastern North America. It is commonly grown in gardens and this flower was photographed in Cheshire, England.
A pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. The species gets its name from the pale blue, reflective spots on the underside of the wings. The spots (or studs) can be seen on the female in this shot which is the lower butterfly.
Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England in the mid 1990s. The butterflies on Prees Heath are isolated, the nearest other colony being some distance away in North Wales. In fact this population is the only one found in central and northern England. The species is not found in Scotland.
A young Common Merganser hitches a ride on its mothers back.
Taken on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario soon after the sunrise I had gone down there for.
A section of the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon.
Taken close to the flagpole at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario in the early 2000s. The water level has risen since the photo was taken and this stony spit is now under water.
Also known as Yellow Iris and Water Flag.
One from the archives, taken in Cheshire in the mid 1980s. I was playing around with a high speed transparency film, Scotchchrome 1000. I picked it for its pronounced grain and pastel colours, at times adding soft focus or diffusion filters.
I was trying to get an editor or publisher interested in the work. No one was interested at the time although some of the photos have proved popular over the years.
An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. One from the archives, photographed on Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.
This part of Ontario is under a heat warning at the moment which got me thinking about photography in hot weather. That made me think of a hot afternoon in Saskatchewan when I set up a tripod in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of Last Mountain Lake. I sat in the water behind the camera. There was a group of American White Pelicans fishing in the channel. They would swim in the direction of the water flow before flying back to the start of the channel and repeating the fishing expedition.
This breeding adult looks a bit grumpy despite the size of the fish it has caught.
Waves breaking over rocks on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.
Continuing my recent theme of photos taken with a long telephoto. In this case I used it to isolate the most interesting group of rocks and then used a slow shutter speed to blur the waves a little. A photo from over a decade ago, the water level in Lake Huron is currently quite a bit higher. I suspect most of these rocks are now under water.