Mud Lake (Ottawa, Canada) 30 May 2014



Spent a 3-4 hours yesterday at Mud Lake yesterday, lost a 77mm Pentax lenscap, first lens cap I have ever lost. I have a spare at home! No herons for me, a quick glance at a male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) when his crest flashed in the shaft of sunlight, but he was out of reach before I got my 300mm lens aimed at him. I had a male Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) on a dead tree at eye level on top of the ridge north of the lake, but he was spooked with a family with noisy children coming from the other direction.




At least the Canada Geese goslings posed.  

The pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) happily paddled around within frame filling range of the 300mm.  Here is the hen,




 Drake feeding.




Lot’s of Midland Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata) on logs, including a yearling near the foot bridge.


One floating log was shared with a dozen Midlands and two large Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina), who looked rather out of place on that log.


 Mallard Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) were plentiful…


 Mallard Reflection…


 He paddled in closer.


 Also met two fellow camera club members (Photographis amateur Ottawanus).

 Mud Lake at sunset, as seen from the balcony.






 Darrell Larose

Ottawa, Canada


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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