Unique Views

I can’t believe that since mid-March I’ve been expanding my macro photography skills by just shooting around my neighbourhood. Am I starting to get bored with just shooting macro all the time? Absolutely not because there are always unique views to find.

Unique views - Burdock

Burdock

Every time I head out I expect to see the same things, but there always seems to be something new to photograph, even if it’s from a different angle or even a different stage of something’s growth.

Flower

Flower

Of course, not everything I shoot with my macro lens is something up close or small. Sometimes I try to sneak up on a bird that’s balanced on a skinny branch.

Bird Silhouette

Bird Silhouette

Who then promptly flies away. Still it makes for an interesting image, don’t you think?

Our Claireville Greeter

Nigel and I decided to go back to Claireville today in the hopes that we can find something to be inspired by. So far things are still brown but spring is around the corner so we should start seeing more plants and animals emerge from their hibernation or come home from their travels abroad.

Nuthatch

Another Nuthatch

Our nuthatch from yesterday came to greet us again. This time he ventured a little closer than yesterday so I was able to get a much better shot. I’m going to assume he was hoping we brought some seed to share but no luck here this time. 

Cattails

Cattails

After seeing the nuthatch the rest of the trail walk was pretty quiet so we finished our walk and headed home.

Spring Birds of Claireville

Nigel and I met over at Claireville Conservation area yesterday to explore some of the spring birds that have come into the park. Even though there were quite a lot of barn swallows flitting about I had the wrong camera with me to get some good photographs so I shot a couple of landscapes of the marsh there.

The Creek Runs Through it

The Creek Runs Through it

Today, however, I ventured back on my own with my Nikon and was able to photograph some of the swallows. They are quick birds and I wasn’t very good at catching them in flight.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

I could only get shots of them when they actually stood still enough. These little birds were speeding around the meadow catching bugs to eat and most of the time you could barely see them with the naked eye. They move so fast!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

There are many bird houses in the park and its nice to see that they actually get used if only for a short time.

Biking Past the Fall Colours

My friend Nigel and I decided to go out to Luther Marsh Conservation area today for a bike ride. I took with me the new Fuji I acquired to test out its capabilities. Here are a couple of the shots I took while on the trail through the marsh.

Luther Marsh

Luther Marsh

Reeds in the Wind

Reeds in the Wind

Autumn in Awenda

I woke up this morning with inspiration to get my butt in my car and head north to Awenda Provinical Park to get another Autumn fix. It was overcast and pretty much stayed that way for my entire trip which was great. I was even hoping for a little rain. Yup I’m funny that way. You see, rain on the leaves makes them all bright and shiny for picture taking. Which is what you want – no really, it is – trust me.

On the drive up I stopped by the roadside to get a photograph of a little red barn. I’ve driven past here a number of times but this time the yellows of the ivy with the red barn needed a second look. Do you see how vibrant everything looks? It’s what happens when things get wet. See? This is what I mean, rain rocks!

The Red Barn

The Red Barn

Awenda Provincial Park is closed at this time of year but its trails are still open for those adventurous enough to come in. I decided to check out the Kettle Lake Trail on the far side of the park and I was glad I did. It’s a fairly easy trail that circles Kettle Lake for a 5 kilometre loop. At this time of year it was full of colour. You have everything – green, yellow, orange and red. Who could ask for more?

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

On my hike I came across the funniest thing – a checkerboard leaf of yellow and red lying on the mossy green of a tree trunk. It’s interesting what you can find in nature sometimes. This, however, is more on the bizarre side but who am I to question nature, especially when it gives one unique things to photograph.

Checkerboard

Checkerboard

As I neared the end of the trail the clouds finally let go and the deluge began. There I was sprawled out on the ground trying to get a good photo of a mushroom on a log (yes, I really do these things just to get a photograph) and the rain decided to start then, of course. *sigh* I guess I better get a move on and finish the trail.

Awenda's Autumn Road

Awenda’s Autumn Road

It was an amazing day on the trails today and to see so much yellow and orange – Wow! I love days like this.

 

Okay – so I’m guessing you want to see this mushroom photo, am I right? Well here it is.

Gem-Studded Puffball

Gem-Studded Puffball

 

What do you think? Was it worth getting drenched for?