A Backyard Rendezvous

I’m back in the garden again today and the flowers are blooming. It’s the best time of year – all the colours of the rainbow are starting to appear in the garden.

Tiger Lily closeup

First up is the Tiger Lily. We have a small patch of these lovely ladies on the side of the house. When they show their colours I have to get my camera out to try to get that elusive great shot of them. 

Clematis closeup

Then there is the lovely delicate purple clematis vines. Flowers cover the whole wine as it twines around the lattice fence. The luxurious looking flowers, almost velvety to the touch grace us with their presence in the patio garden.

That’s all I have for today but expect to see more soon.

A Bunch of Odd Ducks


Odd Ducks

I was out for another bike ride along the Humber river trail today and I found these funny little ducks swimming their way upstream, I had to stop and take a look. After a few shots I watched them for awhile before hey swam away, continuing on with their day. Still have no idea what kind of duck they are but I hope to see them again one day.

Etobicoke Creek Bike Ride Cut Short

My friend Nigel and I decided to head out for a bike ride on the Etobicoke Creek trail. The trail takes us along the edge of Pearson airport, although you wouldn’t know it for most of the ride. The trail takes you through some beautiful meadow and forest with the occasional glimpse of the road and airport beyond it. As we rode along I noticed that my brakes weren’t working the best and when we hit a larger hill I realized that the brakes were going to be an issue and the ride needed to end before I broke my neck…lol

Etobicoke Creek forest floor

I did make it safely to the bottom of the hill, with both front and back brakes engaged, and found this gorgeous scene to my right. It was worth the slightly stressful ride down the hill. After this we decided not to continue the ride down the path so I didn’t get any more photos from the trail. We checkout out some side trials we missed but it wasn’t too long before we were back at the car and heading home for the day. A bike ride cut too short but better to be safe. Once the brakes are fixed we will attempt the trail again.

You can find more about this portion of the trail by clicking here. (This trail is broken up into a few sections on this site to make it easier for us non-long-distance bikers.)

Yellow Bloom

Even though my bike ride was cut short I still got out for another walk later in the day in my neighbourhood and captured this lovely image above.

A Trial in Fuji

My friend, Nigel (@nigelbanks57) suggested a walk at Colonel Sam Smith park with one little change. We were both going to use his Fuji cameras rather than me using my Nikon. So off we went with our Fujis in hand to find something to shoot on this sunny day in the park. Heading to a small hidden beach we decided to take a short lunch break.



There were a lot of birds busy doing their day-to-day things but this grackle decided it might be worthwhile to come in for a closer look. Or possibly looking for some crumbs from our sandwiches.

Red-Winged Black Bird

Red-Winged Black Bird

Not to be outdone the red-winged blackbird came by for a visit as well.

Mama and Ducklings

Mama and Ducklings

Moving on from the beach we headed down to a a small pond where we spotted this mom with ducklings.

Green Heron

Green Heron

On the other side of the pond we spotted a Green Heron. What a find!

It’s always challenging to switch cameras but I didn’t do too badly. ?