Crit­ters

Great photo ops abound in this park—just be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Our Canada - - Features - By Alan Cheng, Scar­bor­ough

Pho­tog­ra­phy is one of my favourite hob­bies. The sub­jects I most en­joy tak­ing pic­tures of in­clude still life, close­ups, scenery and can­did shots.

Last sum­mer, I was con­tracted to work in a town not too far from Point Pelee Na­tional Park in Leam­ing­ton, Ont. I’d been to the park a cou­ple of times be­fore, hop­ing to see the mi­grat­ing monarch but­ter­flies, but my tim­ing was al­ways off, so I didn’t get to see many of them.

Last Au­gust, af­ter fin­ish­ing my con­tract work, I spent a sunny af­ter­noon at the park. I didn’t ex­pect to see the but­ter­flies again at that time of year— I just wanted to en­joy a leisurely stroll along the trails. While walk­ing, I snapped a few pho­tos, but I took a lot more af­ter com­ing across a pond near the vis­i­tor cen­tre. As I was sit­ting near the wa­ter, I no­ticed lots of dragon- flies and other in­sects fly­ing around the pond. There were also dozens of lit­tle frogs jump­ing around on rocks and plants, or swim­ming leisurely in the wa­ter.

There were quite a few peo­ple gath­ered around the pond, as well as some kids play­ing nearby, which cre­ated quite a bit of noise.

Sud­denly, I spot­ted this lit­tle guy (above) hid­ing in a dead tree trunk. His colour so closely matched that of the tree that I didn’t no­tice him at first. He was perched in the log, just above the wa­ter, en­joy­ing the warmth of the set­ting sun, and didn’t seem both­ered one bit by all of the ac­tiv­ity go­ing on around him.

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