Through a Macro Lens

I’m out here on the second day of my challenge of using only a macro lens to capture photos on my neighbourhood walks. Walking along the creek path I came across these pea pods that were on a tree. I had never noticed these before and it piqued my curiosity.

Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

There are three possibilities on what this tree might be: the Eastern Redbud, the Honey Locust, or the Siberian Pea Shrub. I have absolutely no idea which it is so if there is anyone out there who might know comment below and let me know. To make this image pop I created a vignette around the subject and then brightened up the pods and sharpened them so that they stand out. 

Lost Egg

Lost Egg

Further along the creek trail, I found this lone egg. Nothing looks wrong with the egg so I’m not sure if a predator got to it of if it someone pushed it out of its nest. I didn’t spot any nests nearby, so no luck on finding its home. This image just needed some cropping so that the egg would be slightly off centre. I also warmed up the image and darkened the edges to contrast the white of the egg.

Grasses

Grasses

Crossing over the road to the schoolyard I noticed the way the sun was lighting up these grasses. I really wanted this image to have a soft and vintage feel so when I edited the image I made the highlights a soft yellow and the shadows a soft blue.

I’m curious to see what my next outing will be like. Things should start changing soon as spring starts to get on a roll.

Afternoon Light

Another glorious late day walk around the neighbourhood with my macro lens. First up is this beautiful Red Clover which you will notice is purple. I’m not sure why its considered a Red Clover. If anyone knows, please feel free to comment below because I have no idea.

Red Clover

I absolutely loved how the light played off these Foxtails. Normally you wouldn’t notice that there is a little pink in its tail but with the slight breeze and the angle of the light it caught it perfectly.

Foxtail Barley

Near the end of my walk I came across Smooth Bromegrass. (Yeah, I had to look that one up. And it took awhile to figure it out. It might not even be right.) The light was dancing amongst the grass as the breeze blew in.

A soft light on Smooth Bromegrass

Absolutely beautiful! That late day light makes the same boring walk extra special.

Lifestyle Shoot in Claireville

With the weather still on the warm side, especially for January, I decided to do a photo shoot to show off some of the knitting projects that I had knitted up recently. It was late in the day when I headed over to the park and the light was spectacular.

The Uphill Climb

The Uphill Climb

The first place I choose for a photo was up a small hill not too far from the parking lot. I had brought a remote with me to test out and after a little trial and error I was able to get a whole bunch of shots without having to race back and forth between the spot I choose and the camera.

Dreams of Fall

Dreams of Fall

Before the sun set for the day I hiked over to a small grove of birch trees at the bottom of the hill to get a few more photos.

In the Field

In the Field

It was a fun afternoon experimenting with the remote and adding myself into the photos for a change.

Old Fences and the Colour Yellow

A quick walk around the neighbourhood can wield some fun things to photograph. I have passed this fence many times on my walks but today it caught my eye and I decided to photograph it.

An Old Fence

An Old Fence

Autumn is a great time for flowers. There are so many options and so many colours. My favourite are the yellows, oranges and reds that this season is known for.

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

As I pass my high school’s football (which I have no idea on when it was last used as a football field – certainly not in the last 30 years or so) I notice these vines reaching past the fence.

Vines

Vines

When we start seeing the things around us we notice how much we missed when we just walked by with our eyes focused on where we were going or on our phones. It’s time to start seeing.

Blue

I was back on the Bruce Trail today, doing my usual thing…you know…hiking and taking photos, when I came across one of those signs. Not the regular signs that say Hiking Only or the Bruce Trail that way sign but the one that tells you exactly how far you’ve walked. 

221 km to go

221 km to go

Wow! I have walked 664 kilometres. Well actually, I’ve almost walked double that much because there is this little thing about hiking the trail with only one car available to you…you have to walk back down the trail to pick up said car. So let’s just say I’ve walked somewhere around 900km of the trail (there are some areas where the trail loops and I can pick up a side trail so I don’t have to walk all the way back the way I came – kinda handy). That is essentially the length of the trail and yet I’m still 221 kilometres away from the end.

When I came across this sign I must admit I was pretty pumped…this sign was telling me that I had 25% more of the trail to hike. Now that said I have walked a few kilometres here and there along the north end so that 221 km is more in the neighbourhood of 190 km or so. Now that makes me pretty stoked to get more of the trail done. I am sooooooo close. 

On another note – check out this awesome blue shed. 

Blue

Blue

I swear I pass this shed every time I drive north on highway 10 and every time I say to myself, “Sue, you need to stop and get a photo of that shed”.  And what do I do? I drive right past because I am either heading to the trail and am eager to get there or I’ve just hiked the trail and I’m too lazy to stop the car and get the photo. But not today!! Today I made myself get my ass out of the car and take some photos. I’m glad I did ’cause I love this photo. What do you think?