Another Winter Blast

Another fresh snowfall has hit the city and I snuck out for a quick shoot down in the creek by my home.

Winter Streets

Winter Streets

The city always looks so pretty when fresh snow falls, at least until the dirty streets encroach on the beautiful white.

Freshly fallen snow

Freshly fallen snow

When I get to the creek it feels ethereal. As though at any moment a fairy or possibly a white rabbit will come and take you through a portal to wonderland.

Follow the footprints home

Follow the footprints home

The path home

The path home

This is the best part of winter.

A Happy Winter Snowfall

Winter came back!! We received a little bit of snow today and I raced out to the creek near my home to get some shots of me celebrating the snowfall.

jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

Those who know me probably won’t believe I did this as I’m not winter’s biggest fan. However, over the last few years I’ve been spending my winters hiking or snowshoeing and I’ve come to embrace it, just a little.

Winter happiness

Winter happiness

I embrace it when I don’t have to deal with driving in it or I’m far away from the city enjoying the wilder parts of Ontario.

Winter on Toronto Islands

Since doing some work on the islands over the winter I realized how beautiful the islands and the city are at this time of year. So my friend Nigel and I decided to take a trip to the Toronto Islands to explore and photograph the area.

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour

The Toronto ice breaker ferry only travels to Ward’s Island, which is located on the eastern point of the islands. From here you can walk along the boardwalk on the south shore or the main road down the middle of the islands. We decided to walk the boardwalk to Centre Island and then take the main road back to catch the ferry.

Ward's Island path - Colour

Ward’s Island path – Colour

Instead of heading directly to the boardwalk we explored some of the homes and parks on Ward’s Island first. Near a beach we found this path surrounded by birches. I played around with a fog filter to get the effect you see in the photos.

Ward's Island path - B&W

Ward’s Island path – B&W

I can’t decide if I like colour version or the black and white version. Which do you prefer?

Skating on the harbour

Skating on the harbour

Heading back toward the ferry on the main road we came upon some ice skaters enjoying the sunny winter day. The inner harbours around the island are shallow and freeze quickly and they also make a nice ice rink with a spectacular view.

Walking in the Rain

Snow has fallen since my last post but today its raining out as temps start to rise again. I decided to have a little fun with a lifestyle idea I had.

A walk in the rain

A walk in the rain

Using my new remote I was able to try out a few poses without having to run back and forth to the camera and my spot on the driveway.

waiting for rain

waiting for rain

winter rain

winter rain

A fun little break in the monotony of my day.

Lifestyle Shoot and Evening Hike

One of the things I decided to do while I was up here camping was to shoot a few different lifestyle shots. Although it’s not the typical thing I post here I decided to share with you one of the photos I created.

A Walk

A Walk

This particular shot was quite challenging. I’m barefoot in the photo and that rocky path was pretty darn sharp. After a large number of shots and walking back and forth more than a dozen times, I finally got something I liked. What do you think?

Sunset View

Sunset View

After the shoot, I had to boot it over to Singing Sands where I joined a guided hike from the National Park Service. The hike was supposed to be a night hike but it was still a little early in the season for it to be dark out. We learned a number of things about how night animals use their other senses to find their own and to hunt. It was quite a lovely walk and a great learning experience.

After the hike I took the shot above. I lucked out with someone posing in a good spot as the sun went down behind the tree line.

Trails, Rest Stops and Stars

I started off the morning with a great hike around Cyprus Lake. I stopped about halfway around to take the photo below, which I believe if you look straight across the lake that is where my campsite is. (Not that you can see it or anything…I’m just guessing.)

Mid Hike Rest

Mid Hike Rest

As I approached the ¾ mark on the trail I found a perfect little bench to take a rest with no real views of the lake but a good place for communing with the trees.

Sit and Rest

Sit and Rest

After lunch and a long afternoon chill out session my plan was to head to Singing Sands for a sunset shoot followed by dinner and then back to Singing Sands for some night shots.

Fringed Gentian

Fringed Gentian

Well, the golden hour was definitely golden. The sunset, however, was not so dramatic. Actually, photographically speaking, it was boring. So I didn’t bother with showing you those photos. Instead…

Venus Setting

Venus Setting

After dinner was when the show really happened. As the sky became fully dark, the stars started popping out one-by-one. And then the Milkyway rose up to greet me. If I remember my stars correctly that bright star casting its reflection on the water is Venus.

Ah…what a night. I could have stayed there forever but sleep was needed as tomorrow was another day to spend with nature.