Cherry Blossoms

I went out with Roy Ramsay, editor of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, to do some Cherry Blossom photography. It’s finally that time of year when we have that one week period to photograph these trees at their peak before its all over for another year.

A vintage spring

A vintage spring

This year, although we did go to Kariya park, we also visited another park in Brampton (of which the name escapes me). Here there is one patch of cherry trees whose blooms seemed much more impressive than those of Kariya Park.

Raining Cherry Blossoms

Raining Cherry Blossoms

You can see from the photo above the trees are already losing the petals from their blossoms. I had thought I might get another look at this bunch but a windy day came about and there was no way I would see them as full as they are now. I’m just glad I had a chance to get out and see them.

Backroad Bonanza

It is always sad when the weekend ends so quickly but, I guess it eventually has to end.  Now that didn’t mean we couldn’t take our time leaving the area by taking the scenic way. Driving the backroads along the west side of the peninsula it wasn’t long before we found something to photograph.

Laying Some Eggs

Laying Some Eggs

This snapping turtle was hanging out, just laying some eggs by the side of the road. Of course we only discovered this once we got out of the car for a closer look. We didn’t stay too long so as not to stress her out. As we continued down the road we noticed large bunches of Yellow Lady’s Slipper orchids all along the edges of the road.

Bunch of Slippers

Bunch of Slippers

I don’t know why this area seems to have these large groupings but I was happy to have stumbled on them. I think we spent a good part of an hour (maybe even two) going from bunch to bunch, photographing to our heart’s content. We couldn’t get enough of them but we couldn’t stay much longer so off we headed to the main highway. We didn’t expect to see much along here but it wasn’t long before we noticed the roadside covered with Indian Paintbrush.

Field of Red

Field of Red

In all the years I have been coming up to the Orchid Festival (okay it hasn’t really been that many years – maybe five) I have never seen so many of these flaming red flowers. They were everywhere. It was a great way to end our time here in the Bruce Peninsula.