Taking a quick break

Since returning from Algonquin, I have been quite busy and don't have much time to go out and take photos even when it is nice out.

Got a photo of the Supermoon on Sunday after dinner.

Today, after working all morning and afternoon, I decided to go check out a spot near where I live that I think may have some opportunities for photography.  And I turned out to be correct!  The place is a man-made pond with ongoing construction all around it for more housings.  The trail is short (less than 100 m) and planted with many introduced species.  But they still attracted an interesting variety of insects.  I also heard Green frogs calling from the pond.
Short trail

The pond with constructions in the background.

Hoping to get some close-up photos of insects, I only brought the Raynox attached to the 40-150 lens (and the 14-42 kits lens).  There were some situations where I wished I brought the 70-300, maybe tomorrow.

Trying to get the Common Green Darner (Anax junius) in flight.

Bumblebee on Cow vetch flowers
This bumblebee visiting the Cow vetch was too far away to get a close-up photo.

Unknown Syrphid fly

Eristalis sp. on Ox-eye daisy
I think this is an Erastalis sp.

Another Syrphid on Ox-eye daisy

Syrphid fly on Ox-eye daisy
No time to identify the pollinators

Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) female
Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) female

Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) female

Bluet damselfly
Some Bluet damselfly

Bluet damselfly feasting on grasshopper
One eating a grasshopper, I think.  Initially I thought the damselfly was caught by a spider because it didn't move at all as I was trying to photograph it.  Once it flew to another spot, I realize the damselfly was trying to enjoy its meal in peace.  So I left it be.

Bluet damselfly
Another Bluet

Bluet damselfly

Pulling a funny face.  Wished I had this shot in proper focus.

Mallard with at least six ducklings

It's great to find this spot so close to where I live.  I might come here everyday after work just to relax for a bit.

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