Backyard Views

I was sitting out on the patio this evening with my camera in hopes of catching something interesting. 

One-Legged Robin

One-Legged Robin

I got lucky when a robin decided to visit. She look a little rough land in this photo seem to be a one-legged robin. Okay, she wasn’t really one-legged but she kept sitting there staring at me with her foot up. It looked so odd. Eventually she had enough and flew away. After her brief visit I decided to explore the garden and work on some close-up photography.

Cherry Bark

Cherry Bark

This closeup is of a cherry tree that is over 40 years old and unfortunately will not be around much longer. The trunk has been split open for years and the main branches have broken in the past due to the weight of the cherries. Nowadays there are very little cherries to eat in the hot summer sun so its time for this tree to go and a new one to take its place.

Old Fences and the Colour Yellow

A quick walk around the neighbourhood can wield some fun things to photograph. I have passed this fence many times on my walks but today it caught my eye and I decided to photograph it.

An Old Fence

An Old Fence

Autumn is a great time for flowers. There are so many options and so many colours. My favourite are the yellows, oranges and reds that this season is known for.

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

As I pass my high school’s football (which I have no idea on when it was last used as a football field – certainly not in the last 30 years or so) I notice these vines reaching past the fence.

Vines

Vines

When we start seeing the things around us we notice how much we missed when we just walked by with our eyes focused on where we were going or on our phones. It’s time to start seeing.

It Happened on the Way

Sometimes you can find good photography opportunities when you least expect it. Along the way to my accountant’s place I found some fun little spots to stop and shoot.

Geometric
Geometric

This geometrical shaped fence caught my eye along with the tree and hills in the background. The stark black of the fence against the pale brown of the grass made it stand out and immediately drw my eye.

Flooded Marsh
Flooded Marsh

I love water and I love old buildings, like this barn, so when the two come together I must pull over and get a photograph.

Spring Fog
Spring Fog

My favourite from the day was this boathouse and dock on a small lake. The light fog gave it an eerie feeling. If the fog wasn’t there I probably would not have stopped for this.

It’s fun when you’re out on a drive to go down the back roads to see what things can be the subject of your photos.

Get out an explore.

Back Country Winter Drive

It’s almost the end of the year and with Christmas behind me it was time to get out of the house. A back country drive was in order. The weather was nice with a cloudy sky and no snow in sight, that is until I found these cattails. 

 Cattails in softly falling snow

With the cloud cover we had some beautiful light to photograph. A local farm had a couple of their horses in the field and we stopped to get some photos with this soft light.

Horses in late day light

Not to mention the light on the fences in the snowy fields.

Before heading home we stopped in Claireville Conservation Area to feed some of the locals.

The cute little chickadees love visitors, especially when they come to feed them some seed. 

Drive in the Country

It’s a misty autumn day out today and everything is still green. Temperatures have been on the warmer side so the leaves have not changed to their usual brilliant colour and this is bumming me out a little. The plan today was to drive up the old country roads and head over to Earl Rowe Provincial Park to hike one of the trails. Mother Nature, however, had different plans.

Picnic Path

Picnic Path

When I arrived at the park the clouds broke and the rain poured out. That was enough to say no to the long hike I had intended to do. Instead I headed back to a more sheltered area to grab some photos there. The rain let up a bit but eventually I decided to drive back home and see what I could find along the way. It wasn’t long before I pulled over so I could take a photo of an old shed with a small pond in front.

Countryside

Countryside

The rain had stopped at this point but a mist still hung in the air. Everything was so still and peaceful. Back in the car it wasn’t long before I pulled over again. This time for a fence with a vine that had actually turned to a brilliant red. A hint of autumn!

Autumn Vines

Autumn Vines

The great thing about getting out to photograph in the rain is the colours, they are much more vibrant when wet. Of course, its much more comfortable when its dry out. 🙂