Revelations From BugShot: Envisioning and Capturing a Unique Image

Following the BugShot Macro Photography Workshops at Sapelo Island, Georgia, and last fall in Belize, I have two important new ways of thinking about photography: 1) try to capture an image that is not like others you’ve seen before, and 2) imagine what shot you want to capture and then work towards that goal. Here are three examples […]

Life, Beauty, and Signs of Spring in Southern Ontario

Winter in Canada is pretty good at making you miss all the aspects of nature that you enjoy because, chances are, those living things you love are dead, dormant, or delocalized. (So, I was just trying to keep the alliteration going there, but by delocalized I mean they have cleverly migrated somewhere warmer, I often wonder […]

Parts of the Migratory Locust

Yesterday I was teaching a class on aspects of insect morphology and we had live migratory locust (Locusta migratoria) to play with. Here are some close up photos I took: Femoral-tibial leg joint where stored energy is released with an explosive jump! Compound eye and antenna   Big powerful mandibles for chomping grass. Side of […]

Colorful Leafhoppers

Colorful and beautiful insects are not just in the tropics, they are everywhere. Leafhoppers (family Cicadellidae) are like little spaceships — often with blobs and lines of fantastic colors. I took one of these photos in Toronto and the rest in Belize. Can you guess which one? FacebookTwitterGoogle+

2013 In Photos

Time for a chronological romp through my favorite photos of the year. The first shots come from a trip I took with my Dad up to Kawartha Highlands, Ontario. Ontario This was the view from right near the rustic cabin we stayed in. A stop along our paddle. Prairie milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii) Mexico I took […]

Canada Thistle Gall Fly

The Canada thistle gall fly (Urophora cardui, Family Tephritidae) was introduced from Europe to North America as a biocontrol for Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)–which of course is also from Europe despite it’s confusing common name. In Europe they call it creeping thistle. A friend of mine is studying patterns of herbivory on Cirsium arvense across Ontario. She collected […]

Friday Night With The Common Rough Woodlouse

Friday night in downtown Toronto I stepped out my front door to cars rushing past and the glow of streetlights. I was looking for something to photograph. I turned to my left, to a little planter box. Here, like everywhere else on the planet, there were interesting and beautiful creatures with jointed legs and exoskeletons. […]