Winter’s Mid-day Light

I had several errands to run today, and one of them took me up to the town of Mono. I decided to go for a short hike at Splitrock Loop Trail since it was just up the road from one of my stops. If you’ve read my other post, How Things Can Change in 4 Days, you know all about my fascination with the birch trees on this trail.

Birches

I love this grove of trees, but I can’t seem to get the photo I picture in my head. One day I will find the shot, until then, expect to see more attempts.

Grandmother Tree in Winter

And then, there is the grandmother tree. She’s even beautiful in winter. It’s fun to be able to revisit the same places in different seasons. 

Whites of Winter

On the way home, I spotted this barn that stood out with this amazing blue sky behind it. The white barn would have blended in with the snow on a more typical overcast winter day. Today, however, it screamed at me to take its photo. And with that cloud, how could I not take the photo?

Barn

A little further down I spotted this barn. Both barn photos were taken at the same time, and the skies are very different. The only thing I changed was the direction I took the photo. By turning 180º the bright blue sky has disappeared, and instead, I got this golden cloudy sky.

Amazing how just turning around can give you a completely different look and feel in your photos. Don’t forget to turn around to look behind you next time you’re out photographing.

The Ice Broke

Another day out and about with my friend Nigel as we explore the Rockwood Conservation Area. This park is located along Hwy 7, west of the Georgetown area. Our mission today was to check out the park and find some caves that are somewhere on the property.

Rockwood Perch
Rockwood Perch

This is not the first time we’ve been here. Typically when we visit this park we’ve concentrated on the ruins of an old mill on the property but we won’t be visiting this section today. You can see those posts here and here. Today we explored the rest of the park to see what we’ve been missing out on during past visits.

Ice and Sun
Ice and Sun

Along our hike we found a small waterfall and some interesting tree stumps. No caves. Nigel had to be back home early and we still had some kilometres in front of us before we reached the caves. At this point we decided to call the hike and focus on photographing the southern section before heading to the car.

Whoops
Whoops

We noticed a couple of geese slipping and sliding along the frozen lake. One found a not so solid spot as the ice broke under him/her as it attempted to get closer to its mate. It didn’t seem too perturbed about it as it continued on its way looking for some nibbles. The life of geese.

And then we saw it….

…the lone cave.

The Cave
The Cave

Our last few minutes we scrambled to get some shots of the cave and then headed back to the car. Short days suck when you really want to explore. Soon Rockwood..we will be back to explore more of your caves.

Mid-Winter Hike – Claireville

It’s late February, the temps are actually warm enough that you don’t need the heavy jacket and what? there’s no snow on the ground. Not one single flake. It looks like November. A second glance at the calendar confirms – yes, it’s still February. Well…you know what that means? That’s right! A fantastic late day hike in the local conservation area.
 

Claireville Colours

A short walk through Claireville during this time of year is much different than most other days. The park has many vibrantly coloured trees and if you get there on time the display is amazing. I’m visiting more towards the end of the season but there is still lots of colour to see.

An Orange Picnic

An Orange Picnic

The spectacular orange-red of the maples is stunning. Below is a close up of the leaves. It looks like they may have one more colour to show before the end of the season.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

There are many types of trees in the park and many colours to capture.

The Pathway

The Pathway

Another beautiful fall day.

Trails of Old Baldy

Another glorious day on the trail and this time I’m up on Old Baldy overlooking the green valley below.

Have a Seat

Have a Seat

The path winds along the edge of the escarpment through dusty trails and into lush forests. The wonderful thing about the Bruce Trail is how the stress melts away as you sweat your way along its rocky path.

Mysterious Trail

Mysterious Trail

The day always ends too soon no matter how long I stay on the trails but there is always more to look forward to.