Pretty in Pink

Just before I headed out on my neighbourhood walk I stopped in for a look at my parent’s garden. A flash of pink caught my eye.  The chives are blooming this lovely purple-pink shade so I grabbed a few shots before I left.

Chives

Chives

On my walk the first thing I spot on the creek path is two swallowtail butterflies. They are moving from flower to flower so its a little hard to catch a photo of them. One finally decided the flower it landed on was worthwhile to stay on so I quickly shot a few photos. I was able to get a great shot before it flew away out of reach.

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

In the meadow by the high school I found a few white clovers. To get a good vantage point I had to get down low to get the photo  I wanted. That meant I had to lie on my belly looking like some weirdo but luckily there was no one else around to see it.

White Clover

White Clover

Not that it would have mattered. I would have done it anyway. What do you do to get the photo you envision in your head?

Early Mornings and Late Nights

We decided to stay in Lion’s Head rather than in Tobermory this year, just for a change in pace. The decision ended up being a good one since our B&B was so close to a harbour with a picturesque view of sailboats in view of the morning sunrise. We knew we had to get up early to take advantage of this.

Sunrise at Lion's Head

Sunrise at Lion’s Head

The sunrise did not disappoint and neither did the view.

After the sun rose over the marina we headed back to our B&B and dug in to a well deserved breakfast. With our bellies full we were ready to conquer a hike on the Bruce Trail.

Driftwood on the rocky shoreline.

Driftwood on the rocky shoreline.

It turned out to be a great day with clear sunny skies and a bit of breeze as we hiked along with shoreline of Georgian Bay. I made sure to get really low on the shot above to make the driftwood seem much larger than it really was. Changing your point of view can dramatically change your photo results. Give it a try next time you’re out.

Lakeside Daisy

Lakeside Daisy

As we were driving back to the B&B we noticed an area filled with Lakeside daisies, so you know we had to stop and get some photos. Again I decided to get very low for this shot. The daisies are very short at only a couple inches so shooting down on them would not have given me the photo I was looking for.

Back at the B&B we got in a short nap before dinner and then it was time to prepare for a late night shoot. My main goal for this trip was to focus on improving my skills in astrophotography. One of the things I wanted to try was a panoramic to capture the full Milky Way across Little Cove.

Milky Way at Dave's Bay

Milky Way at Dave’s Bay

It looks to me as though I may have captured some northern lights. It was a beautiful Way to end a great day on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Little Wonders of Algonquin

Today I headed out to Algonquin Provincial Park with a couple of photography friends. Our goal was to walk a few of the trails and see what we could find. As we walked along the first trail we spotted a hare in our path.

Hare on the Boardwalk

Hare on the Boardwalk

It didn’t seem as shy as the rabbits where I live but it wasn’t long until it hopped off the path and into the forest.

And then I spotted some mushrooms.

Mushroom Family

Mushroom Family

Followed by an orchid. I didn’t expect to see any orchids at all but was pleasantly surprised when we happened upon a bunch of Pink Lady’s Slipper.

Pink Moccasin Flower

Pink Moccasin Flower

Up until now, I had never come across these flowers. It was a treat to spot them and get some photographs. So that was day one. I wonder what we will discover on day two. Maybe a moose?

A World of Flowers

I can’t get enough of spring. Flowers have pushed their way out of the ground and trees are blooming as they get ready to share their fruits with us. It’s the prettiest time of the year.

Lilacs
Lilacs
Tree Blossoms
Tree Blossoms

We can’t forget that the trees that don’t flower but that show off their new leaves instead. Look at that mazing green colour!

Willow Branches
Willow Branches

Early Morning on Hope Bay

I got up extra early this morning in the hopes of seeing an epic sunrise. Unfortunately that did not happen as I envisioned it. The clouds had gathered and it was looking pretty sketchy on whether it would rain on not. 

Hope Bay Sunrise

Blue hour on Hope Bay

As the sun got higher in the sky it started to light up all the clouds with these beautiful colours which reflected off the bay. I thought to myself there was hope that the rain would not fall. 

More of Hope Bay Sunrise

More of Hope Bay Sunrise

And so I was wrong. After the shoot I walked back to the campsite and packed up the car. I thought I would walk over to the camp office for a tea and snack. As I got over to their little patio the heavens parted and the deluge began. Luckily it didn’t last more than an hour but it was going to be a damp hike today at Sydney Bay Bluff.

Lush Forest

Lush Forest

Things were definitely wet in the forest and although I had a rain jacket on, the rest of me was very wet by the time I was midway through the hike. I was a little nervous on this hike. For some reason I had the idea that I would run into a bear. Well, of course, I didn’t but it was a little nerve-racking. Now don’t get all advice-y on me. I wore my bear bell and let me tell you, that thing was probably why I was so nervous. 

Shroomy Stump

Shroomy Stump

Even though I seemed to jump at every sound I still had a great time. The bluffs offer some amazing views of the bays below and when the weather is not the greatest there is the possibility of some epic cloud cover. 

Foggy Morning Hike

Foggy Morning Hike

Needless to say I made it through my hike with no bear in site but my nerves a little raw from the sound of the clanging bear bell. How do people deal with this? Until next time…and hopefully another Bear-less hike.