About Jay-Dee's Photography Blog

I became interested in photography at an early age when I had the opportunity to learn how to develop photos with my father in his darkroom. I remember the awe that I felt when, by the light of the red safe light, I saw my first black and white image appearing on the photo paper in the developer solution – as if by magic. I was hooked! Since then I have gone through many cameras, black and white film, colour film and slides, Cibachrome, dark rooms and on January 2000, my first digital camera. For the longest time I was frustrated with my efforts, which for the most part I believed were mediocre. In 2006, I debated about putting photography aside. Instead, I started to push myself. I became more critical of my work, learned new skills, techniques, took more photos, and most important, I left my ego at the door. This new approach has opened up many new doors and opportunities for me. I have no ambition to become a professional photographer – I just enjoy taking photos. I volunteer as a photographer to help support charitable and non-profit organizations that do not have the finances to hire a professional photographer. I do not charge for this service and only ask that my byline appears on any photos that are published. In the past few years, I have done photography work for organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages, Great Canadian Theatre Company, LIX and Ten Oaks, and more recently for Unison 2014. I take great pleasure in sharing my photos with my friends, and on several occasions, close friends have asked me to take photos of a special event in their life, something I enjoy doing. I often use my photos in greeting cards that I make and I am proud to say that many of my friends are now collecting them. I have published a few photography books, either for friends or just as a way to document a personal memory. There isn’t one thing that draws me to photography. I like to help others; I like to create memories for friends and myself; I enjoy learning; I enjoy new challenges. I can achieve all of these through my photographic efforts. And, I am totally fascinated with how I can trap light, shadows and colour in a permanent image and then view that moment in time, again and again. With digital photography, there are many opportunities to render a photo into something that reflects what I feel about a subject. I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, where I spend my time doing just about anything I want to do. I do not work for a living, and I don’t plan to either.

Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fall 2017


On Saturday, September 30, 2017, I attended a photo scavenger hunt in the Ottawa downtown area. There was no prize for your efforts and I used the time just to explore parts of the Ottawa area around the National Gallery of Canada. These are some of the photos that I took during my 3 or 4 hours of exploration.

Birds & Bees … and other stuff


Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week at the home of some friends who live in the countryside of Eastern Ontario. During one of my days there, I walked around the property with my camera and telephoto lens and was able to take photos of some busy bees and hummingbirds, as well as some flowers that I liked, a few dragonflies, one of my favourite members of the insect world and some butterflies and a ladybug.

I also came across this flower. I have no idea what it is, but the shape made me wonder if it originated on the Muppet Show.

Wild Flower

A Day in the Country – August 25, 2017


Spending some time at the country home of some friends – some photos I took while wandering around and near the property. Enjoy …

Mud Lake – National Capital Region


This morning I met up at 7:00 am with some of the members of the Camera Club of Ottawa so that we could explore the Mud Lake area in the morning light and when there are fewer people around. The wild life was a wee bit scarce and apart from the constant territorial disagreements between the Canadian geese, there wasn’t a lot of action. I did manage to get a few photos that I thought were worth keeping.

After a while, I decided to break away from the group and head out on my own to explore the swampy areas of Mud Lake. I’m glad I did – although not a great photo, I managed to capture three woodland ducks (one female and two males) having a ménage à trois in the bushes.

Ménage à Trois

I resisted telling them to get a room. Not often you have a chance to see the wildlife in action.

Winter’s End & Spring’s Beginnings


Some photos from recent hikes in the Eastern Ontario area …

Montreal Biodôme (Sunday, March 12, 2017)


A few snaps from a trip by Elizabeth and I to the Montreal Biodôme.

Mud Lake – National Capital Region


Mud Lake is one of the most ecologically important natural habitats in the urban part of Canada’s Capital Region. It is identified as a Provincially Significant Wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the government of Ontario and is classified a Protected Area management Category IV (habitat and species management area).

This 60-hectare natural environment is a complex of wetlands along the Ottawa River, the majority of which is made up of deciduous swamp forest. The driest part, to the west, contains a mature forest stand which is made up predominantly of white, red and burr oak, as well as white pine.

Mud Lake is a habitat for a wide diversity of animal species. Located within the Lac Deschênes area and in a major migratory corridor, it specifically serves as an important environment for bird conservation and is recognized as one of the most popular urban sites for birdwatching in Canada. 269 species of birds have been recorded, as well as numerous species of amphibians, reptiles and fish that are not commonly found either regionally or nationally. It also hosts diverse plant life, with 44 rare and 15 uncommon plant species as well as several fauna species-at-risk.

Several species of invasive non-native plants threaten the biodiversity of the Mud Lake habitat. Eleven of these species have been recorded, covering about 29 percent of the total area of this natural habitat.