Having a Little Nibble

On my walk, I passed the corner house on my street, and there I saw this little squirrel sitting in the shade of the car having a little nibble. These poor neighbourhood squirrels, although they are getting fed by our leftovers, are not getting the right nutrition to keep them healthy. 

Snack Time

Snack Time

Of course, the squirrels don’t seem to mind.

Walking down another street I found these gorgeous flowers, which are apparently called Garden Cosmos. They are the prettiest colour I’ve seen in awhile. I think I need to find some for next year’s garden.

Garden Cosmos

Garden Cosmos

In the meadow, I walked past the path to an area taken over by goldenrod flowers. Here the bees and wasps were having a grand ‘ole time hunting for pollen.

Bee on Goldenrod

Bee on Goldenrod

It’s good to see the bees and wasps are hard at work pollinating our flowers, especially now as the days get a little cooler and darker. I’m happy it’s fall and also sad to see summer go but there are still some remnants of summer to enjoy.

A Hopping Good Time

Do you find that some flowers look strange when they’re growing? Take for example this Queen’s Anne Lace below. It’s currently unwrapping itself in such a way that it looks like the letters T and I. Also, did you notice that each little flower petal looks like a bug?

Uncurling Queens Anne Lace

Uncurling

It’s so very strange. Typically you see a little bud that grows big and eventually opens up into a flower. But not Queen Anne – nope, she has to be different. The good thing is I like different. Different is fun to photograph. 

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Moving away from Queen’s Anne Lace, over a bridge to the meadow on the other side, I spotted these purple loosestrife flowers. I love how they pop against the pale grasses behind them.

As I walked up to the high school track something jumped away from me into the bushes.

Carolina Grasshopper

Carolina Grasshopper

When I took a closer look I saw this Carolina grasshopper sitting on a leaf. I was able to get a couple of photos before he got nervous and jumped further into the greenery. I was so happy to end my walk with this find. 

Lifestyle Shoot in Claireville

With the weather still on the warm side, especially for January, I decided to do a photo shoot to show off some of the knitting projects that I had knitted up recently. It was late in the day when I headed over to the park and the light was spectacular.

The Uphill Climb

The Uphill Climb

The first place I choose for a photo was up a small hill not too far from the parking lot. I had brought a remote with me to test out and after a little trial and error I was able to get a whole bunch of shots without having to race back and forth between the spot I choose and the camera.

Dreams of Fall

Dreams of Fall

Before the sun set for the day I hiked over to a small grove of birch trees at the bottom of the hill to get a few more photos.

In the Field

In the Field

It was a fun afternoon experimenting with the remote and adding myself into the photos for a change.

Fuji in Claireville

Today I went to Claireville Conservation Area but this time with a different camera. I had with me a small mirrorless Fuji. I typically shoot with a Nikon so the challenge with the Fuji is getting used to the settings and best ways to shoot. After a few photos I started getting used to its features. This is my favourite shot from the walk.

Claireville Hill
Claireville Hill

Claireville and the New D810

So…I went to the Nikon repair centre to get my D800 fixed.

Let’s back up a smidge: I was out on the Toronto Islands doing some work and was happily filming away. While waiting for the project manager so I could film his piece I noticed that something funky was going on. Nothing was recording to the card. But I continued to film thinking it was fine. Well, it was not fine. So two days later I’m here at the Nikon repair centre waiting to find out what happened.

While waiting for the tech to come to counter I started asking questions about the Nikon D810 box that happened to be sitting behind the counter.  It didn’t take long before that puppy was in my hands and out the door.

So that brings us to today. I have this new Nikon but I have tons of work to do which means I can’t go far, so of course, I head out to Claireville. (are you sick of this place yet?).

Okay, this thing is pretty similar to the D800 but damn these file sizes are HUGE! What is up with that? I mean, sometimes its great but what the heck am I going to do with these super large files? I think I need a larger hard drive now.

Okay, so these images are not the best but there is not much going on at this park in March. Everything is brown and blah. And this is all I got for you today. Back to work.