Not everyone will belly-crawl through a busy public park to photograph the tongue of a snake just inches from the camera lens.
But not everyone is nature photographer Ronny D’Haene.
The Sarnia man spends much of his free time in Canatara shooting its furred and feathered inhabitants, especially those that live in and around Lake Chipican.
For a city known for its industrial greatness, Sarnia’s urban wildlife diversity js nothing short of remarkable, he says.
“There’s been so much to capture this year that I’ve never seen before, and I’ve been walking in the bush since I was six years old.”
Dozens of D’Haene’s images have graced the pages of The Journal already this year, a catalogue of work that ranges in scope from butterflies to beavers, coyotes to cormorants, and pigeons to pelicans.
Today, he shares some of his favourite fall photos taken over the past several weeks.
“I was looking forward to this fall, the colours, trying to capture subjects with the leaves and light around them,” D’Haene said.
“And pretty soon there’s going to be no colour. You’ve got to get it while the getting is good.”
Oh, and about that snake. The once inches from his face.
“I expected him to take off at any time. But he was lying out in the sun and he didn’t want to give it up.”