Snowshoeing Silliness

I went to vist my friends Brad and Tracey Quarrington of Bradqphotos.com. During my visit Brad and his daughter decided to go out for a short snowshoe in the neighbours field (we had permission) so I decided to strap my snowshoes on and join them.

Once out in the field the wind had us quickly snowshoeing our way over to a bunch of evergreens.

Wintry Day

Wintry Day

I just love the look of trees covered with snow. It’s the first image that comes to mind when thinking of winter.

Crouching down to take a shot of one of the trees in the field I noticed Brad got a little stuck when trying to get back up. So, of course, his daughter and I had a field day taking photos of his dilemma before finally helping him up.

Snowshoe Problems

Snowshoe Problems

Don’t worry Brad joined in on the laughing and of course we told the story and showed the photos to his wife. (Tracey was the one who said I should post this photo). It was a great day all around!

Grain Mills and Big Skies

This morning Nigel and I woke up to overcast skies again but this time it looked like things would clear up a little. After breakfast we packed up and checked out of the hotel – it was time to take our scenic tour from Swift Current to Regina. Our first stop was a lovely red grain mill in Ponteix.

Red Grain Elevator

Red Grain Elevator

Just after this the skies started clearing and we were introduced to amazing blue skies. In Patterson we stopped at a white grain mill to photograph it against the clear blue sky. You may have noticed that the grain mills all have train tracks that allow trains to pull up to the mill for easier distribution.

Patterson Grain Elevator

Patterson Grain Elevator

As we drove the backroads Saskatchewan’s famous sky was presented to us in all its glory.

Saskatchewan Skies

Saskatchewan Skies

I do look forward to getting back here one day soon but I think this time it may have to be in slightly warmer temps, say, 20ºC or more? 

Journey to Tobermory

Today starts the annual Orchid Festival in Tobermory, Ontario. A few friends and I love coming up for the weekend and to me it signifies the start of the summer season up north. As per the norm for us we take the weavy, wobbly way up to see what the backroads have to offer us. One of the first places we stopped at was Jones Falls. A side trail of the Bruce Trail that runs along the river upstream from Jones Falls. One can get some great views from above but its just not the same as getting down to the base to shoot from below.

Jones From Above

Jones From Above

We scouted around and eventually found a safe way to get down. Once down we picked our way upriver to the base of the falls. It is pretty spectacular once we got up to it. Below is my favourite view of the falls.

Jones Falls From Below

Jones Falls From Below

There were a few more stops along the way before we settled in at the hotel and after grabbing some dinner we raced down to the shore to catch the last light of the day. We were a little late to the party so we decided with the mostly clear skies we would head over to Dave’s Bay to catch some stars.

Starry Night on Dave's Bay

Starry Night on Dave’s Bay

It was a great evening on the beach and surprisingly not as cold as I thought it would be. Nights can be chilly here in the spring so we were happy be able to stick around as the last light of the day vanished.