Pumpkinferno

On a whim, I called up my friend Nigel and asked if he wanted to head up to Penetanguishene to photograph Pumpkinferno. If you’ve never heard of Pumpkinferno before its an event where artists carve pumpkins in elaborate designs and they light them up all October up until Halloween. I’ve been wanting to go to the one in Upper Canada but it’s quite the trek and even though Penetanguishene isn’t just around the corner either it’s certainly a few hours closer.

Here are some of my favourite photos from the event:

Pumpkin Maple Tree

Pumpkin Maple Tree

Underwater Adventurer

Underwater Adventurer

Just Buried

Just Buried

Great Escape

Great Escape

Dragon in the Castle

Dragon in the Castle

Devil's Gate

Devil’s Gate

Trails, Rest Stops and Stars

I started off the morning with a great hike around Cyprus Lake. I stopped about halfway around to take the photo below, which I believe if you look straight across the lake that is where my campsite is. (Not that you can see it or anything…I’m just guessing.)

Mid Hike Rest

Mid Hike Rest

As I approached the ¾ mark on the trail I found a perfect little bench to take a rest with no real views of the lake but a good place for communing with the trees.

Sit and Rest

Sit and Rest

After lunch and a long afternoon chill out session my plan was to head to Singing Sands for a sunset shoot followed by dinner and then back to Singing Sands for some night shots.

Fringed Gentian

Fringed Gentian

Well, the golden hour was definitely golden. The sunset, however, was not so dramatic. Actually, photographically speaking, it was boring. So I didn’t bother with showing you those photos. Instead…

Venus Setting

Venus Setting

After dinner was when the show really happened. As the sky became fully dark, the stars started popping out one-by-one. And then the Milkyway rose up to greet me. If I remember my stars correctly that bright star casting its reflection on the water is Venus.

Ah…what a night. I could have stayed there forever but sleep was needed as tomorrow was another day to spend with nature.

Cyprus Lake Campground Day 1

I’m back at my favourite place in Ontario – Cyprus Lake campground located in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. I’m here for the next 5 days! There is some rain in the forecast but I’m hoping for mostly clear skies and lots of campfires.

Sun flares

Sun flares

And I’m just a short walk away from this.

I love messing around with sun flares in the trees. And yes I purposely left it slightly crooked because I loved how this looked. I can do that because I’m the artist…lol

Late Day Meditation

Late Day Meditation

Late day mediations on the shores of the lake are always the best spots. I was on my way out to claim a spot for the sunset when I happened to pass this person communing with nature.

Cyprus Lake Sunset

Cyprus Lake Sunset

At first, it didn’t look like it was going to be a spectacular sunset but then this happened. Out of nowhere. I love when the skies come out to greet you like this. It reminds us that we must be patient because sometimes there is great stuff waiting for us.

Night Sky at Cyprus Lake

Night Sky at Cyprus Lake

And for the final hurrah of the day, I went out for some astrophotography near the same spot I was at for sunset. Although the clouds were coming in they didn’t block the entire Milky Way. This was a test run for when I venture out to Singing Sands when the skies clear.

Darkness over Cyprus Lake

I caught a nasty cold towards the end of this week which I thought would put a wrench in my camping weekend in Tobermory, Ontario. Luckily they were calling for a heat wave so I decided to go up and just relax by the lake. I did get out for a short hike on the second day I was there which might have been a little too much for the cold. In the end it was worth the walk and I ended up feeling better by the Sunday drive home.

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Beautiful views are always to be enjoyed here – and there are many of them to see. The above photograph is on the west end of the lake as I approached the main trail from my campsite. Escarpment WallEscarpment Wall

From here I headed to the Bruce Trail portion of the trail system, hiking along the Horse Lake Trail straight to the waters of Georgian Bay. Along here the Bruce Trail hugs the coast until Loon Lake, 4km further north and south to High Dump campground 11km away. After my 4.5 km hike which took me in a circle past the Grotto and back to the campsite I was ready for a snooze. I may have pushed myself a little too much on that hike but how could I not check out the trails when I made the trip here? It’s one of my favourite campgrounds and I especially love visiting in September when most of the crowds are gone.

I had to rest up because the stars were going to light up the night and I was looking forward to seeing the milky way. I was not disappointed.

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Unfortunately there was quite a lot of light pollution from those around me so I had to wait it out longer than usual. I think the warm temps were a huge factor in the crowds that decided to camp this year. At least that’s what I’m hoping, which will mean next year there won’t be as many out if the temps stay to the cooler, normal temps of late September.

Happy 150th Canada!

It was a work day for me today but I tell you I can’t beat the views from the yacht club to the city. Especially when it comes to fireworks going off on the CN Tower for Canada Day. If you look closely at the photo below you can almost make out the Canada 150 logo. 

Canada 150 CN Tower

Canada 150 CN Tower

And then came the light show! It was pretty spectacular.

After the first few fireworks things got a little smokey.

Fireworks CN Tower

Fireworks CN Tower

Sailors from the club went to watch the fireworks from their yachts. If I wasn’t taking photos I would have tried to get out on one too. 

Night Sailing

Night Sailing

A wonderfully special evening for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Happy Canada Day!