Seeing the Hidden Beauty in Your Photography

“Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

One of the things I love about photography is the ability to take seemingly random pictures and see the beauty hidden within. At times I am able to capture the feeling or essence of the moment and those photos are the real hidden gems.

On one of my photo adventures, I was out with friends checking out the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. This venue, located southwest of Edmonton has several outdoor themed gardens as well as indoor themes. One of the highlights of this adventure was the butterfly house. Capturing butterflies on camera can be challenging, especially since they don’t always sit still and pose.

While I was walking through, I came across a somber yet beautiful scene. A butterfly had drowned in a small pool underneath a flowering tree. Petals were gently floating to create a very beautiful yet somber moment.


Some butterflies are natural posers and will sit patiently while you take multiple pictures of them. Those are somewhat rare indeed.

Photo credit – Terry Back




A good friend of mine captured a great photo of a dragonfly that appears to be giving her a smile. The photo of this little guy was captured at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre just east of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Photos like this are the rare shots that stay with you and energize your imagination.

Candid shots of animals can be the best – they are so unpredictable, you never know what you will end up with. On another adventure, this time at the Discovery Wildlife Park near Innisfail, Alberta we found the ostriches. Don’t get too close though – their beaks can fit through the wire cage and nip you if you aren’t paying attention. And if you are really lucky, you’ll get yelled at by an ostrich! Until that day, I had never seen the inside of an ostrich’s mouth. Not too sure if I want to see one in the near future either.

Edmonton’s Valley Zoo is another opportunity for taking striking photos.

I particularly love this one of three zebras. There are so many stripes it’s hard to decide where to look first!


During my travels over the years, I have caught a few pics that remind me of special moments, and sometimes, when I come home and start looking through my photos, I get a special surprise.

I took this photo while wandering around Erfurt, Germany. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but after seeing it on my big screen, I was so thankful I took the time to photograph this little used gate.

On my second trip to Germany, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the vast high ceilings in a Munich church.

On closer inspection, I actually caught another visitor staring up in seeming wonder at the constructed beauty.

There are so many opportunities to take unique photos, sometimes not realizing that you have captured something unusual or unexpected. That’s the beauty of being spontaneous with your camera.

Happy trails and remember to bring your camera!

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