Island Lake

On a whim I decided to visit Island Lake in Orangeville. Its not too far of a drive and it gave me something to do with my day as I was feeling unmotivated.

Island Lake Bridge in Colour

Island Lake Bridge in Colour

I didn’t spend much time here (as I said, I was feeling unmotivated) but I did walk along the two sections of boardwalk and played around with some infrared while I was here.

Island Lake Bridge in InfraRed

Island Lake Bridge in InfraRed

And that was the extent of my outing. Just some bridge shots. Okay there were a few others but they were on the blah side and not worth editing because it was that kind of day today.

Pond off Humber River Trail

Another bike ride down the Humber Recreational Trail today had me going a little further than usual and I decided to stop at a pond off the Humber River to get in some picture-taking.

Reed Abstract

Reed Abstract

It was an overcast day and things were looking blah but this closeup of the reeds turned out great!

Humber River Pond

Humber River Pond

With such a blah looking sky I decided to convert this photo as a black and white. It comes across much better. I do have to admit that it’s not the sharpest photograph but I really like the look of it so I decided to share it anyway. Enjoy!

Biking Past the Fall Colours

My friend Nigel and I decided to go out to Luther Marsh Conservation area today for a bike ride. I took with me the new Fuji I acquired to test out its capabilities. Here are a couple of the shots I took while on the trail through the marsh.

Luther Marsh

Luther Marsh

Reeds in the Wind

Reeds in the Wind

Backroads Ontario

Nigel and I hit the backroads near Highway 89 as a light snow started to fall. This time our adventures seem to have found us some highland ox. Two to be exact. Although one decided not to to look our way at all and so is not pictured here.

Highland Ox

Highland Ox 

The other ox, however, watched us for awhile but then gave up and went to scratching itself on a tree stump. Guess we were not that interesting. (And are his horns supposed to do that?)

Scratching that Itch

Scratching that Itch

We soon moved on from the ox when he refused to even look our way again and continued on our backroad adventure. We came upon these trees, well actually I think Nigel knew about these trees and took me past them, and they were an interesting group.

Reaching

Reaching

They looked like skinny ents trduging their way across the field towards Saruman’s fortress. Bet that’s all you can see now that I said that, right? lol 

Hmm…I feel the need to throw my Lord of the Rings dvds in the player now and watch me some ents.

Autumn in Awenda

I woke up this morning with inspiration to get my butt in my car and head north to Awenda Provinical Park to get another Autumn fix. It was overcast and pretty much stayed that way for my entire trip which was great. I was even hoping for a little rain. Yup I’m funny that way. You see, rain on the leaves makes them all bright and shiny for picture taking. Which is what you want – no really, it is – trust me.

On the drive up I stopped by the roadside to get a photograph of a little red barn. I’ve driven past here a number of times but this time the yellows of the ivy with the red barn needed a second look. Do you see how vibrant everything looks? It’s what happens when things get wet. See? This is what I mean, rain rocks!

The Red Barn

The Red Barn

Awenda Provincial Park is closed at this time of year but its trails are still open for those adventurous enough to come in. I decided to check out the Kettle Lake Trail on the far side of the park and I was glad I did. It’s a fairly easy trail that circles Kettle Lake for a 5 kilometre loop. At this time of year it was full of colour. You have everything – green, yellow, orange and red. Who could ask for more?

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

On my hike I came across the funniest thing – a checkerboard leaf of yellow and red lying on the mossy green of a tree trunk. It’s interesting what you can find in nature sometimes. This, however, is more on the bizarre side but who am I to question nature, especially when it gives one unique things to photograph.

Checkerboard

Checkerboard

As I neared the end of the trail the clouds finally let go and the deluge began. There I was sprawled out on the ground trying to get a good photo of a mushroom on a log (yes, I really do these things just to get a photograph) and the rain decided to start then, of course. *sigh* I guess I better get a move on and finish the trail.

Awenda's Autumn Road

Awenda’s Autumn Road

It was an amazing day on the trails today and to see so much yellow and orange – Wow! I love days like this.

 

Okay – so I’m guessing you want to see this mushroom photo, am I right? Well here it is.

Gem-Studded Puffball

Gem-Studded Puffball

 

What do you think? Was it worth getting drenched for?