Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a wonderful thanksgiving and give an update on my classes!

Macro Photography went extremely well – everyone enjoyed the course and our outing went perfectly. I typically do not shoot when I’m teaching, however I made one image at the end of the day:

Nature & Landscape Photography is coming up, starting October 24th. I have six students signed up so far, and I need a few more before the course will run. Check it out if you are interested!

Also, I’ll be speaking at the Orangeville Camera Club on Tuesday October 18th. The topic will be macro photography, centered around snowflakes.

Upcoming talk: Vision Beyond Seeing

This month, on September 29th, I will be making a presentation to the Barrie Photo Club titled “Vision Beyond Seeing.”

The talk will be a somewhat philosophical and scientific approach to photography and the way we view the world. Including:

– Difference between Eye and Sensor (more than you think!)

– Reading a Photograph

– Seeing things you ignore

and more…. but I’ll leave it at that for now. πŸ™‚

If you have any interest in photography, it’ll be worth attending. Here’s the details:

Where? Barrie Southshore Centre

When? Sept 29 2011, 7:00PM

How long? 1 hour (roughly)

Cost? Free for club members, $5 for guests

I don’t usually make a post without a new image, so here is one that I took on a recent trip to the New Liskeard area. The location is called Devil’s Rock, and requires about a 45min hike to arrive at. Glad I was there in the early morning:


Upcoming Course: Macro Photography @ Georgian College!

Just wanted to let everyone know about some upcoming courses I’m teaching – the soonest being Macro Photography, starting Monday September 19th.

The course is a lot of fun, and you don’t need any special equipment to take a lot away from it. I cover the equipment you need (far less than you might expect), the challenges, subjects, lighting, everything. From Green Sweat Bees (Agapostemon angelicus) like the one above and other insects, to snowflakes, water droplets, flowers, abstracts, etc.

Its a night course at Georgian College Barrie campus, 7-10PM on Mondays (sept 19, 26, Oct 3) with a six-hour daytime outing on Saturday October 1st. No prerequisites, anyone can sign up. CRN 15189, $132.00.

Link to Macro Photography course description + Signup

Only basic camera knowledge is necessary, and we’ll take it from there. The more you know however, the more you’ll understand immediately. Currently I have 5 students, and it won’t run with this few – I need about 7 or so before the course will run. Tell your friends! “Like” this post too if you can, it always helps. πŸ™‚

(Also upcoming: Nature & Landscape Photography, October 24-November 12)

Trillium Species of Ontario

Ontario has more Trillium species than you might be aware of – Five to be exact. I’m reposting all of my photos in one complete set – enjoy!

To start this post off, here is the flower that everyone knows and loves, the White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum):

The White Trilliums are the symbol of Ontario (used in the logo for the province and the provincial flower) and a symbol of spring. They bloom before the deciduous trees in the forests come back to life, taking all of the sunlight for themselves and away from the forest floor. They can be found all throughout Ontario.

Next up, the Red Trillium (Trillium erectum):

Red Trilliums differ from the white variety in a few important ways. Their colour and smell are designed to imitate rotting meat – this is because these flowers are not pollinated by bees, but rather by flies. Red Trilliums are also observed to bloom earlier than White Trilliums, the change in pollination might also be because flies are out sooner than bees are, giving these flowers a better chance for success in early spring.

A little less common, but very beautiful: the Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum):

Painted Trilliums have a splash of colour near the base of the leaves, redish purple that appears to be almost painted on (hence the name). This variety of trillium likes very acidic, humus-rich soils. You can find it around species of trees that like the same soil conditions, including eastern white pine, red maple, red spruce and balsam fir (thanks, Wikipedia!).

You have to look very carefully in Simcoe County to find the next one, though they are common the further northwest you travel: The Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum):

The Nodding Trillium’s white flower hangs below the main pedals of the plant, making it difficult to spot from far away. The flower is also much smaller than any of the above species and is found in rich, moist soils.

The next is the rarest of the bunch; It is on Ontario’s Endangered Species List and only found in two small patches in Sourthern Ontario – the Drooping Trillium (Trillium flexipes):

The Drooping Trillium was once found as far north-east as the Niagara Falls area, and as of 2009 is a protected species. It still exists in various parts of the United States, where it is often protected as well. The plant is quite similar to the Nodding Trillium, though it grows through a different range and has a noticeably different structure in the center of the flower.

I was in contact with a biologist who works for the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, Muriel Andrae. She has this to say about the difference between the two flowers:

“The taxonomic distinction between the Drooping and Nodding relates to the stamens, the pollen-bearing structures in the flower.Β  The β€œstem” of the stamen is called the filament and the β€œhead” which has the actual pollen is called the anther.

In Drooping Trilliums (Trillium flexipes) the filaments are short, about a third as long as the anthers and not exposed in the fresh flower

While in the Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) the filaments are 2/3 as long as the anthers or longer and plainly visible in the fresh flower.”

So there you have it, all of the Trillium species in Ontario – from the common White Trillium to the endangered Drooping Trillium. I hope you enjoy the photo series and the information that goes along with it!

Upcoming courses at Georgian College

As many of you know, I teach photography at Georgian College. I have two courses coming up this month: Nature & Landscape Photography and Macro Photography.

Nature & Landscape Photography is an introductory course, covering all the basics and how they apply to nature, outdoor, landscapes and similar subjects. You can come in knowing just the basics and walk away with a wealth of knowledge:

Link to Nature & Landscape Photography at Georgian College – I’m teaching the course that starts May 18th, CRN 35190. Only a couple spots left on this one.


Macro Photography is a brand new course that I proposed to the college and they accepted. It covers everything to do with close-up photography and how to get the most out of your camera for flowers, insects, snowflakes,water droplets, just about anything on a small scale:

Link to Macro Photography at Georgian College – Only a few signed up so far, and I think I need 6 or 7 students for the course to run. Still time, it starts on May 31, CRN 35826.


I’m really enjoying my time at Georgian College, teaching photography is very rewarding for me, especially when I hear nothing but positive comments from my students. I just thought I’d post the courses here for anyone that is interested. πŸ™‚

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