A Sunset Cruise

I’m with my friend Nigel on this weekend trip to explore the Bruce and attend the Orchid Festival in Tobermory, Ontario. We’ve decided to go on a sunset cruise with Blue Heron Cruises.  The only time I’ve taken one of the Blue Heron Cruises was to get to Flowerpot Island (which we’re doing tomorrow!) so this will be an interesting experience.

Bruce Escarpment
Bruce Escarpment

As we puttered down the coastline I wondered to myself where the Bruce Trail would be in all this beauty. I know that some of it was along the shoreline and occasionally I would get a glimpse of a possible trail. Hmm…one day soon I will be hiking there.

Cave Mouth
Cave Mouth

When you see a cave, do you wonder what’s inside? Do you want to get over to it and explore more? I wonder if anything lives there – maybe a bat colony? Maybe a bear?

Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

I wanted to capture something a little different during the cruise. I was on a boat after all so why not do a shot through the boat of the other passengers enjoying the sunset. This couple was in the perfect position to allow that sunburst to come through. 

Boat Cruise
Boat Cruise

Look at those lovely colours! We had a great time on the cruise and it was a different way to see things that we might not normally get a chance to see. 

The Ice Broke

Another day out and about with my friend Nigel as we explore the Rockwood Conservation Area. This park is located along Hwy 7, west of the Georgetown area. Our mission today was to check out the park and find some caves that are somewhere on the property.

Rockwood Perch
Rockwood Perch

This is not the first time we’ve been here. Typically when we visit this park we’ve concentrated on the ruins of an old mill on the property but we won’t be visiting this section today. You can see those posts here and here. Today we explored the rest of the park to see what we’ve been missing out on during past visits.

Ice and Sun
Ice and Sun

Along our hike we found a small waterfall and some interesting tree stumps. No caves. Nigel had to be back home early and we still had some kilometres in front of us before we reached the caves. At this point we decided to call the hike and focus on photographing the southern section before heading to the car.

Whoops
Whoops

We noticed a couple of geese slipping and sliding along the frozen lake. One found a not so solid spot as the ice broke under him/her as it attempted to get closer to its mate. It didn’t seem too perturbed about it as it continued on its way looking for some nibbles. The life of geese.

And then we saw it….

…the lone cave.

The Cave
The Cave

Our last few minutes we scrambled to get some shots of the cave and then headed back to the car. Short days suck when you really want to explore. Soon Rockwood..we will be back to explore more of your caves.

The Limehouse Adventure

I bought a new camera – the D810, while I was waiting to service my D800. My brother also ended up buying a camera not too long after. So, both of us decided to go out on a spring adventure with our new toys. The question was, where to? We decided to stay local so I brought him to Limehouse Conservation Area to play.

Limehouse rapids
Limehouse Rapids

We tested out some long exposures at the rapids.

Dark Forest Path
Dark Forest Path

Took some fun landscape shots as we walked the trails.

Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall

And ended our journey at the Hole in the Wall. We tested out a good amount of the features and I’m happy to say I love my new camera. It now has a permanent home in my camera bag. 

Spark sees a Waterfall

This morning I headed out to Grindstone Creek to play with my new toy – the DJI Spark. It was my third time operating a drone and needless to say it didn’t go as planned. Seems I need a lot more practice. “Why?” you ask? Well I crashed my new drone (don’t worry it survived with no issues) and so this video is a short one.

Beautiful Grindstone creek shown from the viewpoint of my new drone.