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Inspiration: ILEP photography

So. I have these friends. And they’re biologists, as well as nature photographers. (Those two careers seem to go hand-in-hand a lot, y’know?). Anyway, they are gooooood. Their portfolio includes gorgeous scenery, wildlife portraits, and travel chronicles. Starry nights, majestic mountains, northern lights, misty mornings, wintry fields, fall splendour; moose, owls, bears, wolves, fox;  Nepal, Italy, Thailand… I am awed by their landscapes, impressed by their wildlife captures, and inspired by their travel experiences.

I think what impresses me the most is the commitment it takes to take these kinds of pictures. It’s one thing to take photos of an alpine wildflower meadow; it’s an entirely different thing to take photos of a bear in that meadow. Or to be up with the northern lights on a ridge top in the middle of the night. Or to capture a lightning strike in the prairies. All of this takes patience, as well as fortitude – get up when you’d rather be sleeping, get cold and wet when you’d rather be warm and dry, be eaten alive by mosquitoes when you’re waiting by the stream for a perfect shot of that moose. Kudos, gentlemen, kudos – keep up the good work!

ILEP is currently having a sale, with 30% off their images until the end of the month. So if you’re looking for some incredible nature images, as a fine art print, or some photo merchandise (mouse pads, tshirts, magnets, etc), look no further – ilep has you covered.

http://ilep.smugmug.com/

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Indian Pipe

All that rain: cloudy skies, muddy trails, and Indian pipes appearing like pale ghosts haunting the forest floor.

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A medley of (NY) mushrooms

I decided to leave behind my favourite lens on a hike in the Adirondacks, and only packed my 20-35 mm. While it took me a while to warm up to the new perspective, it was a bit of an empowering experience, to let the lens dictate the subject and composition. This meant that I was on my belly a lot, photographing the multitude of mushrooms that were gracing the forest floor after the rains the area had experienced. I can’t identify them – I’m an ornithologist, not a mycologist – but I can definitely admire them! (Make sure to click through to see the full set.)

The hike began at the High Peaks Information Center, and was up to Marcy Dam, a total distance of 7.5 km return. I was super proud of our kids for accomplishing almost the whole hike on their own two feet – not too shabby for 4 and 6 year olds! We are slowly but surely upping their endurance, one hike at a time. One day they will be waiting for their parents to keep up with them…!

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June in August

Sorry about the radio silence over here. We were out of town for a couple of weeks, doing a tour of campgrounds in upper New York state. It was a great camping trip, even with our tent floating in rain-created lake, and a ripped quad muscle at the most inopportune time (a story for another day). But the campfires, views, hikes, wildlife, and friends more than made up for any shortfalls.

On one such rainy morning, we headed to the W!ld Center in Tupper Lake, NY. What an amazing museum, you have to check it out if you’re in the area. Totally hands-on and interactive, it is a model of what a nature museum should be. The kids had a blast, but what was surprising was that I did too. You have to love a design that caters to every demographic, and even manages to teach some biologists a thing or two.

On a short hike outside the centre, I encountered these *ahem* preoccupied June bugs, in a delicate position. I love the way their colouring is highlighted by the browning leaves.

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Bath time

Sunset bath on top of an Echinacea – looks so peaceful – if I could, I would.

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Jewel-toned Dew

I went to bed early last night, and woke up early this morning. I need to do that more often.

Who knew that dew could glisten with shades of violet and emerald?

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From every angle

No matter where my eyes settled, the sunset looked good – in every corner of the sky, from every angle, each composition, each passing moment, until it all faded away to nothing.

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Passing storm

A wicked thunderstorm yesterday, with a stunning tail end, which has suddenly put me in the mood for black cherry ice-cream covered in whipped cream…

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Wee

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I was crawling on my belly through a school yard taking this shot.

I was imagining being wee; the neighbours are imagining that I’m nuts.

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Hideout

The day was muggy, buggy and drizzly, but with restless kids, that didn’t stop us from getting on our bikes and heading out for a quick geocaching misssion.

After a quick snack at a saskatoon bush, our last cache had us arriving at the river’s edge, with still water, a flat white light, and some overhanging branches creating the perfect little hideout.

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