The Curious Cat

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 Bud

Spring Bud

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.

Neighbourhood Cat

Neighbourhood Cat

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.

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.

Back on the Bruce

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

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. 😉

Which way

Which way

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

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! 😀

Forest floor

Forest floor

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

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.

Empty Picnic Tables

I’m at my “go to” place today. Good old Claireville. Close enough to visit when I’m feeling lazy on the travelling bit. Today the wind was a little on the crazy side.

Shelter

Shelter

I huddled under this tree for awhile (mostly to take a photo) but also to help cut the wind a little.

The Lonely Picnic Table

The Lonely Picnic Table

I loved the composition of this one. It tells me a story of the lonely picnic table waiting for someone to come and sit on it under the shade of the tree. Or possibly the branch is a smile and the tree is an eye and the picnic table is a winking eye. lol

Mushrooms at Cameron Lake

After my first successful trip to Cameron Lake in September I decided to drag Nigel to the trail and see what we could find. It started out as a foggy day but it made the forest ore atmospheric. We only hoped that the rain would hold off.

Misty Autumn Trail

Misty Autumn Trail

The mushrooms that I had seen back in September had mostly died to be replaced with new types to photograph.

A private spot

A private spot

Water Catcher

Water Catcher

We didn’t luck out as we had hoped with the rain and we got caught just over halfway through the trail. It didn’t last long and luckily we were prepared with rain gear. The good thing we were going back to the B&B and hitting their hot tub to warm up. ?