First Visit to Mud Lake

I made a brief visit out to Mud Lake yesterday, mainly to get a feel of the area. Mud Lake is a Conservation Area withing the Ottawa City limits and has a pretty diverse range of flora and fauna.

I did a trip around the lake to get an idea where things were and how the light was. So I can plan a much longer photo expedition (I went for about 90 minutes). I did see, one Muskrat, but was in too much clutter for an interesting photo. About 2 dozen squirrels, including one very curious grey that approached me (I guess it thought it was a model). Countless Canada Geese and Mallard ducks. A shy Wood Duck drake that was swimming towards me and into a pool of sunlight until he was spooked by two yahoos on mountain bikes (who ignored the no bikes signs)

Several Cottontail rabbits, lot’s of grackles, red-wing blackbirds. I didn’t encounter the Black Capped Night-Heron or Green Heron that have been seen at Mud Lake.  Almost every log had a sunning Eastern Painted Turtle on it.

All photos were taken with a Pentax * ist D, and a SMC Pentax-M* 300mm f:4 lens.

A Mallard drake, the same fellow a few moments later.

A Canada Goose on her nest, no goslings peeked out from below her.


Here is a MSN Maps, satellite view of Mud Lake.


About Darrell Larose

I am a highly motivated self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 30 in the professional arena I have always produced. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have worked within various Government photo units, including the Forensic Photo Section of the RCMP, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail.
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4 Responses to First Visit to Mud Lake

  1. Bill Akerley says:

    Great photos of the Mud Lake area – An area I see frequently on my (almost) daily health walks along the Ottawa Riv. trails.


  2. NalaNurry says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


  3. Paul says:

    Darrell – I really like your photographs and the comentary that goes with them. Particularly how you got to the final image. really well done – keep it up.

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