Photos from my recent trip to Canada 
Here are some photographs from my recent trip to British Columbia, along with Ingrid and her folks. We first went to Victoria, visiting several nearby beaches and the Buchant gardens. Later we went to Whistler, a ski village north of Vancouver. I took only a few photos there. Finally, we spent the last day and a half in Vancouver itself, but I didn't take any pictures. Ingrid has more photos from Whistler and Vancouver, perhaps she'll put them online someday.
Bugs in the front yard 
(M)(L)Monarch Butterfly Lately in the afternoons, I've seen butterflies in the front yard—they seem to like the zinnias—but been too lazy to actually go out and photograph them. Well, I finally got around to it this afternoon. I took a bunch of pictures, and ended up with a sore wrist from holding my heavy 300mm telephoto lens for a half hour. Click through to see my favorite half dozen photos from the session.
Labor Day Macro Photos 
Here are some photos I took at Rob and Carol's on Labor Day weekend. Emphasis on macro shots because I spent the day with only my 100mm lens.
Montréal Botanical Garden 
(M)(L)Bee on coneflower On our last day in Montréal the weather finally cleared—it had been raining for two days straight—so Ingrid and I headed to the Jardin Botanique (Botanical Garden). Unfortunately, we only had a few hours to spend at the gardens and so we only saw about a quarter of it. In that time I still managed to get a bunch of nice photos.
Florida: Bugs and Spiders edition 
(M)(L)Spiny orb weaver These photos are from several days of our Florida trip. Most are hand-held with a Sigma 105mm macro lens on a Rebel XSi. Many are cropped. Update, 2009-02-25: Cropped many more of the photos now that I'm back at a nice fast machine, and revised some descriptions.
Henry Doorly Zoo 
(M)(L)Butterfly We recently took a trip to the Omaha zoo. This was my first trip to the new butterfly exhibit with my 105mm macro lens, and I'm pleased with some of the shots I got. We also stopped in the Night World, Aquarium, and Jungle.
Powell Gardens 
(M)(L)Small Frog We took a weekend trip to Kansas City. I got a few photos at the Powell Gardens.
… "they feed their young numerous insects that ordinarily damage shade trees and crops. They also kill…
Chicago: Garfield Park Conservatory 
(M)(L)Koi We took a weekend trip to Chicago. My camera came out when we went to Garfield Park.
Ingrid's Garden 
… other photos of plants and insects. (M)(L)Unidentified fly on moonbeam coreopsis (M)(L)Black-eyed Susan (M)(L)Blackberry Lily (M)(L)Bumble…
More photos from the yard 
(M)(L)Small praying mantis Ingrid lured me outside with the promise of a baby praying mantis. I took photos of a few more things that caught my eye, too
Minneapolis Bugs and Stuff 
(M)(L)White Crab Spider We took a weekend trip to Minneapolis to visit some relatives. For sights we visited the Walker art musem and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I found photographic subjects at the Arboretum.
Lauritzen Gardens 
(M)(L)Moth on flower We took a trip to the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha today. Here are a few of my photos. Apparently I've done about 6600 shutter releases on the camera I bought this spring--wow!
Frankfurt Palmengarten 
(M)(L)Goslings sleeping Here are a few of the things that caught my eye on our second visit to the Frankfurt Palmengarten (botanical garden). The photos that were the most fun to take were the goslings; I was surprised that the parents (who were right nearby) didn't take much notice of me, even when I got within 2-3 feet of their babies! The little ones barely noticed me either. I took 200 images of them alone, so it was hard picking just 3 to show here.
Canada: Calgary 
(M)(L)Dragonfly (Inglewood Bird Sanctuary) In Calgary, we went to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and the Calgary Zoo.
Sunday at the Zoo 
(M)(L)Skipper I took a little trip to the Lincoln Children's Zoo this weekend and got some photos. Here are a few of the better ones.