Roadside Astrophotography

Tonight there is no moon so my friend Nigel and I decided to jump in the car and head north to look for some stars. As we headed north towards Luther Marsh things got a little on the cloudy side but not enough to deter us.

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

The layer of clouds seemed to hover along the horizon so when we found ourselves a spot to view the milky way part of it was covered. Ah well. You take your chances with weather when you’re out shooting.

City Glow

City Glow

That orange glow in the sky looks like a sunset but its actually the lights from the city of Orangeville located not too far away.

Look Way Up

Look Way Up

A beautiful night out and a good start to a summer season of night photography.

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.

Another Winter Blast

Another fresh snowfall has hit the city and I snuck out for a quick shoot down in the creek by my home.

Winter Streets

Winter Streets

The city always looks so pretty when fresh snow falls, at least until the dirty streets encroach on the beautiful white.

Freshly fallen snow

Freshly fallen snow

When I get to the creek it feels ethereal. As though at any moment a fairy or possibly a white rabbit will come and take you through a portal to wonderland.

Follow the footprints home

Follow the footprints home

The path home

The path home

This is the best part of winter.

The Melt

All that beautiful snow is gone again as temps go up. This means that well-travelled paths are now more on the icy side with muddy patches. It doesn’t make for the best hiking conditions.

Slip and Side

Slip and Side

But that didn’t stop me from heading over to Claireville for a quick hike and for some reason I decided to take the forest trail. This trail was a path of ice with a layer of water on top. Now, I do own a pair of Yaktrax which give some grip on the ice, which although helpful at times, didn’t always give me the traction I hoped for. I tended to choose the muddy terrain over the ice if it was possible. Otherwise it was a slow slip and slide type of situation down the path.

Trail only ice

Trail only ice

I arrived at the park later in the day and the light was amazing. The glow coming through the trees was a beautiful golden colour. I think I stopped way too many times and photographed similar shots as the one above. This always makes for problems in post processing as I can’t always decided which one to edit.

Safer ground

Safer ground

Some areas didn’t have much ice at all. Which was surprising as usually on forest trails the snow and ice are the last to melt.