It’s been over a week since I’ve felt motivated to go outside, but yesterday I forced myself to get out and do another neighbourhood walk. The snow has melted, and it rained a couple of days ago, so I expected things to be a bit on the soggy side, so I didn’t spend much time walking the creek trail. This time I walked down one of the catwalks and then veered left to head into the schoolyard.
The catwalk had some interesting things to photograph, like these buckthorn berries, that have dried up over the last couple of months.
And this shrivelled orange berry, which was sticking out from the fence. I liked how it seems to be reaching out to you.
Before heading into the schoolyard, I noticed there were ice patches along the trail. One ice patch had a familiar shape to it. Do you see it?
Plethora of Funghi
While I was out for my walk, I decided to buy myself a chocolate bar at the local variety store. On the way there, I passed a house that had an old log fence. The fence had a lot of Funghi growing on it in intricate patterns. I may have to revisit this old log fence. There are so many little worlds to photograph here.
I’m back on the creek path in my neighbourhood today. The autumn colours are fading fast but I guess you can’t expect much at the end of October. There is still some colour but the trees are heading towards brown or bare.
There are some trees that have turned a little later so there is still some good colour in spots. I just have to be more creative finding shots by changing my perspective. In the photo above I shot through the reeds from a low angle towards the tree. This kept the bare ground directly in front and to the side of the tree out of the shot.
Autumn Creek Path
With an overcast sky today it made for some nice soft light to be cast onto our scenes There was still enough light to light up different parts of the scene above to create the effect of a short tree tunnel. This spot is great from summer to fall and I tend to take a photo of it every time I walk past.
I went out for my daily walk, camera in hand, and things are starting to look like spring out there. Browns are slowing turning into greens. Little buds are starting to emerge on the trees.
Spring is finally happening. Warmer weather is on its way! Woohoo! But its only just starting so photographically speaking there is still a bit of wait on some of the colours and the critters that should start coming out over the next couple of weeks and into summer.
One little critter who is out and about today is this neighbourhood cat. There’s a lady that likes to take her cat for walks around here and I saw her sitting on the stone bench as the cat explored the trees nearby. I love seeing them out – they make quite the cute pair.
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
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.
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.
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.
I’m back in Tobermory for my annual fall solo trip. I’m here a little later than usual (Because of my trip to Lisbon) and it looks to be a really nice weekend for some hikes along the Bruce. I’m only here for two nights so I’m limited to only one major hike and that’s today. So off I go to cover a little bit more ground on the Bruce Trail.
Leaves and Trees
Hiking out to the Bruce Trail from the campsite I had a choice to make. Right or Left? I’ve hiked the trail to the left so I today I’m heading to the right to head south toward Stormhaven. Such an ominous name for a backcountry camping area. At least that’s all I think it is. 😉
The plan was to hike past Stormhaven and take a break at Halfway Dump Side trail before heading back to the campsite. That would put my hike at just over 11km.
View From the Bruce Trail Cliffs
The Bruce Peninsula always has epic views that go on for miles and this section has so many opportunities to appreciate those views, over and over again. Of course we can’t forget the little things that reside here in the forest – the mighty mushroom! 😀
After my hike and filled up on a hearty dinner I started thinking that I needed to get some night shots before I left for the weekend. With my campsite so close to the lake I got my photo gear together and hiked out to a spot that gave me the best view of the Milky Way.
Reflections of the Night Sky
It was a beautiful clear night and the Milky Way shone with all her glory. It’s so crazy that we have such amazing views from the earth out into the Universe and so many people don’t get a chance to experience it because they live in a light polluting city. I could stay here forever just looking up into the night sky.