Day 34: Zebra Mussels in the Winter

More from the Canal.

I think pretty much everyone in North America knows about the Zebra Mussel problem, these days. Basically, they’re non-indigenous shellfish with no natural predators in the Great Lakes. They breed like rabbits, and travel on the bottoms of boats that don’t get cleaned properly. And once they’re there, they take over, and kill everything else off, by using all the resources.

You don’t normally see them, but to prep the Rideau Canal for winter, and skating around Winterlude, they drain it about eight feet, in the fall. So, you get all the mussels on the walls of the canal, exposed. This leads to excellent macro opportunities.

Which I took. Thanks to the 1.5x multiplier the camera provides, plus the 2x-3x tele-converter, the basic 55mm Micro-Nikkor became just about a 220mm macro. Reaaaaaaaal close up.

zebra mussels in winter I
f/3.5, 1/200th second, ISO 200
Nikon D70s, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Sankyo 2x-3x teleconverter


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