The Brickworks is becoming one of my staple herping spots and while it is filled with more common species it is extra special to see such life flourish in the middle of Canada's largest city. I went to the Brickworks mainly as it is local and I wanted to try out my new camera; my Minolta XD, a hand-me-down from my uncle. It is a film camera so I had to wait some time to see how the photos came out. Upon getting to the Brickworks, I managed to find an Eastern Garter Snake crossing the path which I of course caught and photographed. Because they are constantly moving, it proved too difficult to photograph with the Minolta so i stuck with my Canon SX540. A little further was a spot a friend told me about where I could find a Dekay's Brown Snake, a species I had never seen at this location. Sure enough there was a little Dekay's Brown Snake which was very well behaved and allowed me to photograph it both with the Minolta and the Canon. the park of course had its turtles with Red-Eared Sliders and a small hatchling Midland Painted Turtle which I got some close up shots with using the Canon. Heading back to the house through Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, a cyclist showed me where there was a Red-Tailed Hawk nest and although the nest was empty a juvenile came out of nowhere and flew only a few metres over my head and landed on a nearby headstone, perfect for shooting.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.