The Black and White Neighbourhood

Today on my neighbourhood walk, I decided to focus on photographing subjects that would look good in black and white. It had rained earlier today so things were wet and droplets were in abundance. Droplets on leaves always look fantastic in black and white, in my opinion.

Wet Leaves

Wet Leaves

On the sidewalk, I came across this leaf that was infested with eggs, or at least, I think they’re eggs. Regardless, it looked neat and it caught my attention and so the photo was taken.

Eggs on Leaf

Eggs on Leaf

Close to the end of my walk, I found this white-lipped snail having a munch on a dried leaf. 

White-lipped snail

White-lipped snail

Usually I just see these little guys hanging out on stems – either snoozing or slowing making their way somewhere. This one, however, I could actually see eating, If you look hard at the photo can you “see” him eating?

Macro World on Flowerpot Island

We woke up extra early this morning to drive over to the Tobermory lighthouse and get us some sunrise photos. We were eager to see what mother nature was going to show us.

Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine

And I had a front seat to the spectacular event.

Front Seat
Front Seat

You couldn’t ask for a better morning. Temperatures were mild, the colours were on point and we had some cloud for the colours to reflect off of. Thank you Mother Nature!

Flowerpot 2
Flowerpot 2

After a hearty breakfast we hopped on a boat and headed over to Flowerpot Island. After such great sunrise, the clouds came in and the drizzle started, eventually turning into a more substantial rain later in the day.

We walked along the shoreline path and stopped to photograph the flowerpots before heading to the lightstation museum on the north side of the island. That’s when the rain settled in so we got into our rain gear before heading back to the trails.

droplet
droplet

Instead of hiking the shoreline around the island we decided to cut through the middle and take the trail over some more rugged terrain in the hopes of spotting the elusive Striped Coral Root orchid. It wasn’t until we reached the main trail again that we spotted the orchid. I was thankful that I had the rain gear as I was down on the ground a number of times to get photos of almost every flower we spotted.

Striped Coral Root
Striped Coral Root

By the time we got back to our Airbnb we were both wiped and very damp. Not to mention excited to see what we had captured. We have one more day here in Tobermory and it looked like we may have some better weather.


Macro Love and Canada Day

I picked up a new lens today. It’s actually an old manual micro lens from Nikon but what a beauty it is. Check out one of the first photos I took with it this morning.

Droplets

Droplets

I am in love with its shallow depth of field.

Today is Canada’s birthday and my plan was to get my ass downtown for the show but that didn’t happen, instead I choose to go see the fireworks from the rocks at Humber Bay. 

Fireworks

Fireworks

So this obviously was not the right choice but it is an interesting angle for the festivities. What I really should have done is gone to work on the island and stuck around for the fireworks. The only lucky thing that happened was that the fireworks started very late – almost a whole hour late and that might have meant that I would have missed the last boat to the city. So I guess it all worked out in the end. Next year I may have to get my butt to the island no matter what.

Humber Bay

Humber Bay

There were also some individuals shooting off some fireworks from different parts of Humber Bay. Some a little far away but some close by. I didn’t get many great shots from these but it was nice to have some to enjoy close by.