Posts Tagged ‘Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8’

Melanistic and common garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Black & Tan

Common garter snakes, one melanistic, emerge from their hibernaculum in the early Spring. Click image to view larger.

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.

Wave exploding against breakwall, Boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Boardwalk Fury

A giant wave explodes against the boardwalk breakwall during an April ice storm, sending spray high into the air.  It was like walking the base of Niagara falls – I’m still drying out.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Melanistic Coils

An early melanistic garter snake suns itself on a brisk March day.

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.

Beaver jawbone with teeth, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Beaver Pull

So, just how long are a beaver’s front teeth?  Almost six inches, as it turns out.

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.

Dekay's Brown Snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sniff THIS!

A Dekay’s Brown snake tests the winds on a Ward’s sidewalk.

STS-135 Atlantis launch, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Handoff to Houston

Space shuttle Atlantis clears the tower on the final launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135.  Once clear of the tower, control is transferred from the Kennedy Space Centre to Mission Control in Houston for the duration of the flight.

Great blue heron skull, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Revealed Heronry

The skull of a great blue heron, time-worn and well weathered, shows off the distinctive heron shape, with a long beak for catching fish in shallow waters.

Sleeping snail, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Sleeping Verticals

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

Launch of space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Where The Wind Blows

Wreathed in her own launch plume, space shuttle Endeavour lifts off on the final launch of her career, hauling the US $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station. After landing, she’ll be processed and turned over to the California Science Center for permanent display.

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.

Garter snakes, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Reptile Twins

A pair of garter snakes stare intently before leaving the safety of their hibernaculum in search of an early Spring meal.

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.

Launch Panorama of Discovery STS-133, Astronaut Road, Kennedy Space Centre

STS-133 Launch Panorama

Space shuttle Discovery soars into the Florida skies, as seen in this 180° panorama taken from Astronaut Road. The massive Vehicle Assembly Building can be seen on the right, and Launch Complex 39B on the left. (Click image to view larger.)

Feeding blackbird chick, Trout pond, Toronto Islands

Peeking Through

A remote camera catches a blackbird chick waiting for feeding, seen through its mother’s legs.