Creatures of Claireville

Today on my walk at Claireville Conservation Area I noticed a lot of little critters were out and about in the park. Usually I hear the birds but they are not always that keen to show themselves around us humans. Today for some reason they were more than happy to give me a brief view.

Grey Catbird

In one of the ravines I was able to capture this shot of a Catbird before it flew away. Birds are particularly difficult to capture because they rarely sit still unless they are eating at a feeder and even then you have to be quick and anticipate their movements. If you want to practice photographing birds I found it helpful to plant myself near a feeder with the camera on a tripod. Make sure to have a very high shutter speed to capture them as they move about the feeder. 1/500 of a second or faster will usually do the trick.

Chipmunk with leaves

The animals are just as quick as the birds when you want to take their photo but I do find a lot of them will freeze before they run off while others are a little more on the friendlier side. This chipmunk appeared to be gathering some leaves, possibly for its nest. I was lucky that she decided to pose for me a few times before finally running off.

Osprey with Carp

On my walk back to the car I was trying to photograph some Blue Jays high up in a tree when I noticed this osprey with something in his talons. After reviewing the photos I quickly snapped as he flew by, I realized it was a fish! Talk about lucky capture!

The Grandmother Tree

This last day of our trip we headed out early to check out the lighthouse at Lion’s Head and see if we could get a shot of the waves crashing. It was very windy but the waves were not as high as expected. I guess it was just wishful thinking on our part. I now have lots and lots of shots of waves crashing into the beach or the lighthouse. (Delete key is ready folks..lol)

Lions Head Lighthouse

Lions Head Lighthouse

We headed back for breakfast at the B&B before heading out for a hike along the bluff at Lion’s Head.

Lions Head Trail

Lions Head Trail

The first section of the trail was nice and wide with room for lots to hike but eventually that turned into more of the typical Bruce trail type hiking trail.

The Escarpment

The Escarpment

I’m not complaining – look at these fantastic views. From this vantage point we can see Lion’s Head way in the distance.

Sadly after our hike it was time to pack up and go home. We made one last stop. When we stopped at Jones Falls on the way up we had both taken some photos of a large tree. I call it the Grandmother tree or Big Mama. Both of us had decided that we hadn’t done it justice with our original photos so we headed back on the trail to photograph this beautiful tree.

The Grandmother Tree

The Grandmother Tree

A Purple Haze

I love this time of year. Flowers are in full bloom and my afternoon walks are not too cold or too hot. It’s just perfect out.

purple haze
purple haze

While wandering the neighbourhood creek I noticed something unusual. A few of the trees near the road had been chewed on by beavers. I have never seen beavers in the area but I found out that there was a pair that moved in last summer and were eventually taken away.

Queen Sheba

To me the shape of the gnawed tree looks like a Queen Sheba silhouette. What do you think? Do you see something in the shape left behind by the beaver?

rings of ones life shown at the end of all things.

A few years ago one of the larger trees beside the creek was taken down and its remnants are a short stump with mosses growing on it. The pattern and texture is what made me take the photo. I think I may use this as a texture on another photo. Hmm…but what photo?

Spring has Sprung…kind of

Spring is here! All the ice has unfrozen and things are a little muddy on the trails but its so nice to see the buds on the trees.

Spring is about to spring
Spring is about to spring

Course there are some puddles in some areas…

Water Tree Art
Water Tree Art

…some puddles are larger than others.

Hidden down a side trail is a lovely overlook with a great place to sit and contemplate.

Bench Views
Bench Views

Do you have a place hidden away from the busy-ness of life to sit and spend time with yourself?

Claireville and the New D810

So…I went to the Nikon repair centre to get my D800 fixed.

Let’s back up a smidge: I was out on the Toronto Islands doing some work and was happily filming away. While waiting for the project manager so I could film his piece I noticed that something funky was going on. Nothing was recording to the card. But I continued to film thinking it was fine. Well, it was not fine. So two days later I’m here at the Nikon repair centre waiting to find out what happened.

While waiting for the tech to come to counter I started asking questions about the Nikon D810 box that happened to be sitting behind the counter.  It didn’t take long before that puppy was in my hands and out the door.

So that brings us to today. I have this new Nikon but I have tons of work to do which means I can’t go far, so of course, I head out to Claireville. (are you sick of this place yet?).

Okay, this thing is pretty similar to the D800 but damn these file sizes are HUGE! What is up with that? I mean, sometimes its great but what the heck am I going to do with these super large files? I think I need a larger hard drive now.

Okay, so these images are not the best but there is not much going on at this park in March. Everything is brown and blah. And this is all I got for you today. Back to work.