Clearing Skies

I was on my way to the Toronto Islands for an event at work when I noticed the following scene in front of me. 

Clearing Skies

Clearing Skies

Stormy looking days are alway epic in Toronto. I was lucky enough to catch this because soon after the clouds moved out and blue skies were the only thing to see for the rest of the day.

Eclipsed by Mazinaw Rock

On our last full day at the park we decided to get out in the kayaks and paddle over to Mazinaw Rock. Last year I brought my GoPro with me but this year I decided to bring along my Nikon D800 with me. I just prayed I wouldn’t tip the kayak over and lose the camera. (Spoiler: I didn’t flip. Whew!)

Feeling Small

Feeling Small

Paddling out the rock its hard not to feel small as Mazinaw towers over you. One of these days I”m going take the ferry over and hike the top of the rock. 

Getting up close with Mazinaw Rock

Getting up close with Mazinaw Rock

It’s an unforgettable experience to be out in the water and up close and personal with Mazinaw.

A Bon Echo Sunset

Sneaking away for a quick sunset shoot, I hiked over to a secluded beach with a direct view of Mazinaw Rock. Someone had left their red canoe on the beach which just screamed for me to take its photo, so I positioned the canoe to point towards the sunset as the sun lit up the clouds.

Red Canoe at Sunset

Red Canoe at Sunset

There were some other canoes left on the beach which also became my props for the photo below.

Canoes bathe in the last of the suns rays

Canoes bathe in the last of the suns rays

I decided to try using my ND filter (see more on ND filters here) to make a long exposure as the light began to fade into the blue hour. It smoothed out the surface of the lake and streaked the clouds in the sky for a painterly effect to the photo.

Last light of day

Last light of day

It was worth sneaking away to get these shots. I may have to print a couple out and see how they look on my walls.

The Night Sky in Bon Echo

It’s the annual family camping trip so even though I’ve brought my camera along I’m not focusing on photography this weekend. That said I‘m still sneaking away to get some shots. 

Milky Way above Mazinaw Rock

Milky Way above Mazinaw Rock

And I’m very glad I did. The Milky Way rose right over Mazinaw Rock and I think that green glow may be the northern lights. Or it could be wishful thinking?

Opeongo and the Two Rivers Trail

We’re on the hunt for wildlife. Each year we hope for a glance of a fox or even a moose but so far we have been unsuccessful and today proves to be no different.

Openongo

Openongo

Its chilly out and the wind by the water makes it hard to stay there long. The sun helps but only when away from the biting wind. Our walk/drive down Opeongo Road is unsuccessful so we all decide to hike the Two Rivers Trail.

Two Rivers Trail

Two Rivers Trail

This beautiful walk through the woods brings us no closer to finding any wildlife. Are the animals hiding from us? Most likely. Or we’re just hiking the wrong places.