April flowers buried in ice crystals, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Ice Growth

Tiny April flowers lie buried under the ice crystals dropped by the last ice storm.

Melanistic Garter Snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Good Morning 2017

A melanistic garter snake emerges into the sunshine for the first time in 2017, after hibernating the winter away.

Early March Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


One of the first Snowdrops to grace 2015 prepares to flower on Sixth St.

Garter snake portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Face A Mother Could Love

A garter snake emerges into the sunshine of an early spring day after a winter spent slumbering below ground.

Hatching monarch butterfly and chrysalis, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A monarch butterfly stretches its wings for the very first time, mere hours after emerging from its chrysalis.

Cicada, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


The colourful details of a summertime cicada, set against the weave of a nylon BBQ cover.

Sleeping snail, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Sleeping Verticals

A snail grabs some shuteye on a horsetail stalk on Algonquin Island.

Dragonfly, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Archie’s Pastels

An iridescent dragonfly alights on a small branch in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Lidless Eye II

One of the more difficult angles to work with when photographing snakes, this is a modern update to the original 2008 classic. The 2008 image was photographed with a 4-megapixel Nikon point-and-shoot camera, this updated image was taken with a 21-megapixel Canon SLR, worlds apart in terms of image quality. Still, the original has more […]

Garter snake eye, Ward's Island, Toronto islands

Eye of the Beholder

A ridiculous array of Kenko extension tubes — 68mm worth — opens up a garter snake’s eye to fill almost the entire frame.

Flowering Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Snowdrop Rain

Fresh from a March rain, a lovely early snowdrop prepares to flower on Third St.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandy Eyes

Fresh from its winter slumber, a Dekay’s Brown snake moves slowly into the sun to help shake off winter’s chill.

Cormorant Skull, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Cormorant Revealed

The pristine skull of a cormorant gives up its secrets on Ward’s beach.  The top half of the bill is hinged just in front of the eyes, and the lower half of the jaw is jointed in almost the same place to help swallow larger prey.

Bird Skull, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Redtail Leftovers

An unidentified bird skull no larger than a quarter is all that remains of a red-tailed hawk’s dinner on Snake Island.

Valentine Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Improbable Valentine

Be my valentine:  a snowdrop prepares to bloom improbably early in the season, on February 14th.

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Mink Details

The carnivorous details of a perfectly preserved mink skull, found in the Sans Souci region of Georgian Bay.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


An unlikely mating of a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens to a full-frame Canon EOS 5DmkII (you’re not supposed to be able to use short-backfocus lenses on full-frame bodies) picks out a Dekay’s Brown snake amongst the dull browns of early spring.

Chickadee feathers, Centre Island, Toronto Islands


A chickadee shows off the wonderful details in its back feathers.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Leafmaster II

Even in late November, snakes can still be found on the warmer days warming themselves in the low sunlight.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Curve Emergence

A garter snake emerges from its own coils early in the spring of 2009.

Early spring flower, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Yellow Blast

One of the earliest flowers to emerge spreads its yellow petals against the still winter-brown groundcover on Third St.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Welcome Back II

A tighter view of this garter snake as it emerges from the leaf litter, one of the first snakes to appear in 2009.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Welcome Back I

One of the first garter snakes to emerge in 2009 surfaces in the leaves.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A melanistic garter takes a sniff of the fresh springtime air.