by Susan | Jun 4, 2021 | Flower Photography, Local Photography
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.)
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.
by Susan | May 27, 2021 | Bird Photography, Local Photography, Parks
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
Not to be outdone the red-winged blackbird came by for a visit as well.
Mama and Ducklings
Moving on from the beach we headed down to a a small pond where we spotted this mom with ducklings.
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. ?
by Susan | May 23, 2021 | Insect Photography, Local Photography, Macro Photography
I found a tiny little treasure in my backyard. A ladybug settling in for the evening in my backyard.
It was all covered in pollen.
This was all I found to photograph in my garden tonight.
by Susan | May 22, 2021 | Bird Photography, Local Photography
I brought out my long lens in the hopes of capturing some of the birds that visit my backyard. I got more than I had hoped.
First, this little sparrow came hopping over to me before realizing it was getting a little too close but I was able to snap a pic before it flew off.
Robin with Worm
Then this robin got himself a large worm to feed the family. Although this photo on the fence is a great angle I much prefer the photo below.
Robin 2 with Worm
The robin in the cherry tree is in a more natural environment. Not bad for backyard photos of the local birds.
by Susan | May 16, 2021 | Flower Photography, Local Photography, Macro Photography
Another neighbourhood walk was on the agenda today and there was so much to photograph. Spring is one of the best times to focus on macro photography. Slap on the macro lens and head out the door to a local park or if you are lucky some neighbours may just have some great flowers for you to photograph.
This lilac bush is on a neighbours front lawn growing through the catwalk fence. This is perfect, as I can spend a lot more time getting shots without looking like some stalker. LOL
For some reason, tulips have started popping up in the creek over the last few years. I love finding out what colours I can find as I walk down the path.
When I first came across this interesting flower I had no idea what it was. It looked like an onion but it was very large in comparison to what I’m used to seeing. I used the seek app and was informed that it was a wild leek. I have no idea if that’s what it is but I would say there is a good chance.
by Susan | May 14, 2021 | Conservation Area, Flower Photography, Local Photography, Macro Photography, Parks, Wildlife
It was a nice warm day for a hike at Cold Creek Conservation Area in Nobleton. I visited this park with my friend @nigelbanks57 today and as the day progressed it got pretty hot out.
This could be why we spotted so many painted turtles sunning themselves on floating logs in the pond. This is the best one I was able to get. I definitely had the wrong lens with me to get shots of them.
But, I did have the right one for this great macro shot of the Marsh Marigolds.
Check out their trail map here.