Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter March 2019


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Dear Friends and new subscribers welcome, those interested in the free online Photoshop tutorials can get access to them here: - password for Photoshop I is rdc1 and for Photoshop II is rdc2.

In January and February I have been taking folks out to photograph snowy owls east of Calgary and everyone I took out had a chance to photograph at least 3 snowy owls and on the best day we photographed 12. Depending on weather, these owls will start flying north usually in the next couple of weeks so there still is a chance to see these beautiful owls before Spring. I plan to operate more snowy owl outings again next winter. I don't bait the owls, but try to get you opportunities to photograph the owls on fences and in flight.

New articles include: Javelina - The Cactus Pig by Dr. Wayne Lynch. Wayne is Canada's most widely known wildlife photographer and writer. The second article is by Chris Harris who has published numerous photography books and photographs much of BC's interior around the Chilcotin area and is also presenting in Calgary on April 17th - see below. The third article is by a photomicrographer from Germany, Gerd Gunter who shares his beautiful photomicrographs. Finally, Dennis Sabo provides some very beautiful landscape images that resemble abstracts.

I hope to continue to present articles from some inspiring photographers from around the world on topics such as landscape, nature, wildlife, macrophotography, photomicrography and astrophotography. I am also interested in new techniques like Drone photography and VR imaging as well as new digital technologies.

Jan-Feb Article Postings

Please Click on the thumbnails or links to read the Latest Photography Articles or visit the home page of Canadian Nature Photographer.


Javelina - The Cactus Pig by Dr. Wayne Lynch On Christmas Day I had the best gift a nature nerd like myself can get-a lengthy view of a critter that had been on my bucket list for nearly 40 years ... a javelina, a wild piglike mammal that roams the deserts - read more.


The Wildfire Summer of 2017 - How I turned a crisis into photographic art by Chris Harris The Cariboo Chilcotin region of central British Columbia is a fire landscape, but in the summer of 2017, we experienced fire like we never had before - read more.


Photography beyond the visible - Come along with me on my travel through the Gerd Günther For several years now I have been working with a Leica DMLB research grade microscope - read more.


Photography of Dennis Sabo by Dennis Sabo. Photography for me has been a constant progression of personal and professional growth throughout the years.  The journey to me is more important than the “why” as my photographic career basically spans my entire adult life - read more.




Special Multimedia Presentation by Chris Harris
April 17th, 7:30pm
The Cité des Rocheuses Theatre
4800 Richard Road, SW, Calgary $5.00
For more information 


The Invisible Micro-Universe.
by Dr Robert Berdan

Tuesday May 21 from 6:30 -8:00 pm at the Cochrane Public Library
presented by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation - FREE

My presentation will include a wide variety of photographs and movies of micro-organisms found living in ponds, rivers, streams, moss and fields including close-ups of arthropods, protozoa, and tardigrades (water bears). This amazing universe of organisms is all around us, and these aliens can be photographed with a microscope and digital camera. Suitable for anyone over 12 years of age.


mosquito and mosquito proboscis by Robert Berdan ©

Mosquito macrophotograph and a light photomicrograph (inset) showing proboscis from which it sucks your blood.


Some of you may notice that I have been posting numerous articles on photomicrography. I am a member of the Universty of Calgary Microscopy Interest group which consists of Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows and grad students. However I would like to start a Microscopy Interest group in Calgary for anyone interested including: amateur scientists, microscope collectors, geologists, biologists, and hobbyists. My goal is to promote this type of photography. I imagine having meetings perhaps once a month in my home studio with presentations on equipment and techniques. Their are two microscopy forums that I currently belong to that are international where those getting into the field can ask questions and post their images: and

My goal is to start an interest group in Calgary that might include presentations, field trips and perhaps some outreach educational programs. This would be open to anyone interested, including students 16 or older. If you might be interested please email me and I will put you on email list and contact you when I have at least a half dozen interested. I am hoping this might appeal to bryologists, insect biologists, freshwater biologists, geologists, coin or stamp collectors, gemologists etc. If you are interested please Email me:

Citric acid crystals by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan

Abstract - Crystals of citric acid viewed in a polarization microscope.

If you are looking for a day trip or photo instruction I am available during the week and weekends - call me to discuss your interests 403 247-2457. I welcome photographers of all level of experience from beginners to pros and I can provide transportation to anywhere within a couple of hours drive of Calgary. CALL ME or EMAIL ME.

NEW - I now offer photomicrography services on my other web site: Science & Art Photography including equipment rental in my studio.


Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457