Vertical Ways

The creek is split in two until it reaches the high school. One arm of it flows from behind my house while the other flows from the train tracks about 1/2 a kilometre away. As you know I walk the section behind my house a lot but sometimes I venture to the other arm of the creek for a slightly longer walk. On the walk over to this second arm, someone has planted some gorgeous irises in their front yard.

English Iris

English Iris

Walking down the creek path to the high school and over to the other arm I noticed this tree/bush covered in these starburst-shaped things. I believe these are the remnants of the flowers after the petals have fallen. Or maybe they are seed pods that have opened. I can’t seem to find anything to tell me what they are.

Starburst

Starburst

Whatever they are, they are interesting enough to photograph, and sometimes that’s all that matters. As I explored a little further down the path I came across this snail slowly making his way up a very large leaf.

Snail on Leaf

Snail on Leaf

Snails are so darn weird. Their eyeballs are at the end of what would be antennae on an insect. So odd and so very cool.

Another Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

At the beginning of my walk today I noticed a couple of birds flying in and out of this very tall birdhouse. The macro lens is not the tool for this job but I thought it was an interesting viewpoint from way down below. With a little cropping and adding some clouds to the cloudless sky, I created the photo below.

Bird House

Bird House

From here I focused on finding macro shots, that is what my challenge to myself is after all. I have been taking lots of macro photos but they haven’t been that great so that’s why you are seeing such a mix of shots photographed with the105mm macro lens.

Seed pods

Seed pods

I keep coming across interesting seed pods and I wonder what the heck they look like in full bloom. The seeds in the photo above reminded me of these creatures from an original Star Trek episode (Operation–Annihilate). I wonder what kind of plant it is and what it looks like in summer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to recognize it to take a photo.

Leaf in BW

Leaf in BW

I found this dried leaf that has somehow wrapped itself around its stem and still kept curling in on itself. It really popped when I decided to change it to a black and white image. Sometimes taking the colour out of an image can make an image you thought was too busy or just not that great into something that you love.

Falling Leaves

On my way home from my friend Brad’s place up north I decided to drive back to that country road from the previous post to do more of a lifestyle-type shoot with me as the model. It always feels a little weird to photograph yourself and then add in the walking back and forth to the camera in the hopes that a) you got yourself in focus and b) that the angle/position was what I truly wanted. 

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

Let’s just say that the above photo took many, many tries before I decided I had enough photos of myself and that one had to be good.

After all that “fun” running back and forth to camera I decided to take some detail shots of the area before I ventured home. One of the things that caught my attention was this leaf sitting on the fence and with a little tweaking I took the photo. It’s one of my favourites from the day.

Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf

After leaving this particular back road I continued my drive along some other back roads when found this old shed that had me pulling over and reversing to get a better view.

Autumn Light on Shack

That late day light looked so good I could not resist stopping for this shot. Today’s backroad adventure has been one of my favourites of the year. There are so many photo opportunities driving along country backroads. I need to do these drives more often.

High Pines Trail

It must be mid-summer because we’re back at Bon Echo Provincial Park for the annual Family and Friends camping weekend. Not much photography gets done over the five days of camping but I was able to sneak away with my brother and friend for some hiking and a little photography.

Leaf Maze Pattern

Leaf Maze Pattern

I came across this leaf during the first part of the hike and was trying to figure out what kind of bug (if it is a bug) created this interesting pattern.

Mushroom on Log

Mushroom on Log

And of course, a mushroom..because me. lol

Row of Trees

Row of Trees

This lovely row of trees lines the road entering into the campgrounds. Although not a natural look I love when trees are in lines. What can I say? I like order. LOL

From Killbear to Algonquin

It’s October 1st and there are still no signs of autumn on the trees. At Killbear the estimate is about 50% colour change but our hikes in the park yielded only green trees with only about 10% change at ground level. We decided to leave the park and take a wide detour on the way home over to Oxtongue River just outside of Algonquin to see if the colours were any better out here. As we arrived it was looking like a pretty green autumn in the park so the hunt for things growing on the forest floor was on. Of course, the first thing I started looking for was mushrooms. It did not take me long to find all sorts – either high up on trees or hidden on the forest floor.

Mushroom Gills

Mushroom Gills

That’s not all you can find on the forest floor this time of year. Even though the leaves are green and the majority are still hanging on to the branches they have lived on all summer long there are some that have fallen. Using my older manual macro lens I created the shot below that focused on the texture of this dried up leaf.

Curl

Curl

We didn’t stay at Oxtonge River Rapids park too long as we still had over a three hour drive to get home. I hope next year brings us back the colours we know and love in the autumn season. ‘Til next year autumn!