Mallard Duck under a Chair on June 16th, 2022.

Digital, 2022.

As dark clouds rolled in and the air felt heavy with upcoming rain, I couldn’t help but laugh at this mallard duck that seemed to take shelter under this chair.

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Swans on a Sunny, Winter Day by the Lake on February 6th, 2022.

Digital, 2022.

Another series of images of swans by Lake Ontario during winter. During our previous visit, we fed them peas and they seemed to like that enough. But did they ever go crazy for the bird feed! It allowed them to become comfortable with us around and it allowed me to get close to them to snap a few photographs.

The fifth image is my favourite. The combination of the sunlight on the blue water and the swan spreading its wings feels so magical. In that moment, the swan started flapping its wings and I just started snapping photos, hoping that one of them would capture the moment. My brother turned to look at me and asked excitedly, “did you catch that?!” I replied, “I sure hope I did!” I was so relieved when I got home and saw that the shot I adored out of that burst was crisp and in focus. Sometimes you really do need to be at the right place at the right time.

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