A Challenging Hike at Heartlake

I went out with my friend Nigel to explore the trails at Heart Lake Conservation Area. With the melting snow and the ice formations, it was a difficult trek along the slippery trails.

Bird Feeder

It was a challenging hike and I did not come away with many photos. These little birdhouses were the most interesting things on the trail, in my opinion.

Reeds

I did try to find other things to photograph, but inspiration was not my friend this time around. I hope my next outing will be more productive.

Nuthatch Love

Today I headed out to Claireville to take photos at the feeders just off the main trail/road.

The Old Bridge

I had to get some shots of the bridge. It’s one of the more interesting things to photograph here in Claireville. The shadows from the late day sun from vines and the other side give this photo a lot of character.

Posing

At the feeder, the nuthatches were flying back and forth getting their food for the day.

Grabbing a Snack

They are even willing to land on your hand if you have some seeds to share with them.

I had a lot of fun getting photos of the birds and always look forward to the cold temps when it’s okay to feed them like this. In summer they are too busy to be bothered with us and our seeds when there is so much more to eat.

When Nothing Goes Right

I was out again today with my friend Nigel in the hopes of getting some good images at 50 Point Pier, but it seems as though Mother Nature may have had some plans of her own and they didn’t include us getting good photos.

Pier Piles

When we got down to the pier all we saw was sand and dirty snow/ice buildup along the shore. The most photogenic thing I found was this lone feather in the sand.

Feather in the Sand

Yup, that’s it. That was the extent of what I was able to find, and it still wasn’t inspiring. Maybe Mother Nature will be nicer on our next trip out.

Feeding the Birds

Today I met my friend Nigel over at Claireville Conservation Area for a late afternoon walk. We found a couple of bird feeders nestled into some trees on a side path so we stopped to take a few photographs.

Chickadee

The Chickadees are always around the feeders so it was nice to be visited by the Red-breasted Nuthatch. We even got them to feed on our hands. It’s always a nice feeling when a bird trusts you enough to land on your hand.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

I think I took at least 100 photos here. There was so much activity and with them flitting in and out of the feeders, a lot of those images went straight to the trash. Luckily, I had a few keepers from the visit.

Island Lake

With the long cold month of February behind us, I finally came out of hibernation to go for a hike. March started as a cold and crazy windy day but it was a little calmer and slightly warmer for a walk with my friend Linda today.

A curvy line

We met at Island Lake Conservation Area and decided to start our hike along the boardwalk portion. As we passed the first boardwalk section and entered the second one I noticed these small open areas in the ice.

Holes in the Ice

We were stumped as to why these holes might be here. We also noticed by one of the holes that there were some tracks. It’s possible that some small critters were using these to get in and out of the frozen lake. 

Ice Hole

It was a beautiful sunny day out but the winds were still pretty strong. There were a few spots that were quite open and we were glad to make it back into the shelter of the trees. Winter is a beautiful time of year but it’s the cold winds that get me running back indoors as quickly as possible.

A Slippery Start

I met my friend Nigel today for a socially distanced walk down part of the Humber Recreational Trail. The first few minutes of our walk we ended up slipping and sliding along the path, so we decided to go back to our respective cars for our ice trackers. It ended up being a good decision since the path turned out to be quite icy for most of our walk.

The Old Tree

You’ll notice from the photo above that this spot might look a little familiar. The last time I was on this trail I did the same section stopping to get a photo of this exact tree. This time, however, the lake was frozen over and I was able to get a much better angle. I wanted the tree to stand out from the background, so when I post processed it I lightened up the tree and the reeds while darkening the tree trunks in the background. This makes the tree pop.

The rest of the walk was uneventful and I didn’t end up taking any more photos. I think I will have to find another place for inspiration because there are only so many photos I can take of this tree.