Spingtime first journey to Mud Lake

Earth Day, Sunday April 22, 2018 Spring has continued in the National Capital Region. I loaded up my gear and headed out to Mud Lake (Britannia Conservation Area).  During my field trip I crossed paths with numerous friends.

Immediately upon entering the trail from Cassells Road was this Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) drake Mud Lake. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) drakes Mud Lake. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Female hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) Mud Lake. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS

Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Fresh growth twigs of Rhus typhina, the staghorn sumac male non fruiting. Almost all the branches have this curl to them. Mud Lake ridge. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

There is a certain amount of fun with a 500mm lens that focuses down to 6 feet. Wide open the bokeh of the back ground is wonderful.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

 

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