Photographing one of the Cowichan Valley's best-kept secrets

Elkington House (Photo by Toad Hollow Photography)

Elkington House (Photo by Toad Hollow Photography)

In all truth, Elkington House is one of Cowichan Valley’s best-kept secrets, with deep roots in our local heritage and history dating back to the time of colonization on Vancouver Island. The 119–year-old heritage house sits in the...

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Up close and personal with a green heron

Green-backed heron (Photo by Keith Barr)

Green-backed heron (Photo by Keith Barr)

On May 07, 2014 I noticed a report on the Saskbirds website (a Yahoo discussion forum about the natural history of Saskatchewan's birds) of a green heron sighting at Dunnet Park near Avonlea, Saskatchewan. Two friends of mine went out to see the...

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A passion for birds: A Q&A with wildlife photographer and NCC friend Bill Hubick

Bill and Addy Hubick (Photo courtesy of Bill Hubick)

Bill and Addy Hubick (Photo courtesy of Bill Hubick)

A few years ago, photographer Bill Hubick generously donated the use of his photos on www.bilhubick.ca in Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) publications. Since then, his images have been shared in NCC print publications and web pages across the...

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Pushing up green: A photographic study

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Silver maple seedlings emerge from a swamp in Grey County, Ontario. This species is a common component of treed swamps in the deciduous forest of eastern Canada but very rare beyond New Brunswick. Flowers in the spring mature into seeds quickly...

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Finding nature in the city

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

With snow and ice covering the ground here in Toronto, I find myself often daydreaming of warm weather and colourful backdrops throughout the city. My biggest city struggle in the winter is appreciating the natural elements close to me, especially...

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Wild things: A review of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit

Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Image by Royal Ontario Museum)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Image by Royal Ontario Museum)

Twin baby gorillas clutching their mother in the pouring rain. A northern gannet giving another a necklace of red campion. A giant sequoia with two billion leaves reaching for the sky. This is but a snapshot of the Wildlife Photographer of the...

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Still waters: A photographic landscape study

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Pontederia cordata, commonly known as pickerelweed, is an aquatic plant native to the American continent. It grows in a variety of wetlands, including pond and lake margins across an extremely large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina....

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