I was in Ottawa on 20 August 2012, walking along the Rideau Canal near Riverdale Avenue. The time on the camera says "8:30 am", but it was probably 8:30 pm, our having arrived late due to the transmission on my Ford Windstar saying goodbye to us in Smith's Falls.
Being of that mindset, I decided that a picture of the treetops along the park would make a great desktop for my laptop. But, when I actually checked the picture, I got this:
That is the original, unchanged picture, exactly as it came off the digital camera. There was nothing visible at the time. When I first saw the photo, I joked about fairies, because the area we were walking in is near the site of the Grugach's house in Charles de Lint's Jack the Giant Killer.
Then I zoomed in.
What I cannot figure out is what kind of insect would make an image like the one in this picture. But, then, I am no expert. So, here I have cropped the image a few times to allow for a little higher resolution.
So, if you know your area bugs well enough to venture a guess, I'd love to hear from you.
No matter how mundane the actual explanation turns out to be, the result is an utterly cool picture!